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Chewable Antacids are Better

Investigators from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center reported that chewing antacids is more effective for control of esophageal acidity than swallowing antacid tablets.

Researchers caused heartburn by feeding people a meal of chili, cheese, raw onions and cola. One hour later, the people took either chewable calcium carbonate tablets, swallowable calcium carbonate tablets, effervescent bicarbonate solution or placebo. The chewable tablets and effervescent bicarbonate were far more effective in preventing heartburn than the swallowed tablets. Evidently when you swallow an antacid, it passes through the stomach too fast to neutralize the acid. When you chew the antacid or dissolve it in a glass, the antacid is ready to work as soon as it reaches your stomach.

If you suffer from belching and burning in your stomach, chew antacids before you swallow them. Also be sure to read my report on treatment of Helicobacter pylori, the bacteria that cause stomach ulcers.

Aliment Pharmacol Ther 2002; 16(3): 435-443. "Effects of antacid formulation on postprandial oesophageal acidity in patients with a history of episodic heartburn"

Checked 9/2/15

May 31st, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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