Acid reflux is a common disease related to digestive issues which are also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease. It includes side effects like nausea, heartburn, stomach pain, and belching. Most acid reflux occurs because of lifestyle changes or eating something unhealthy for too long.
Acid reflux can be treated easily by making some changes in your eating habits. In more severe cases, you can opt for antacids and proton pump inhibitors. But all treatments for acid reflux should start with making dietary or lifestyle changes.
Many supplements, herbs, and vitamins can help reduce the symptoms or give relief to them. Here are some supplements that can be used to reduce the pain of acid reflux.
- B Vitamins: Dietician (Dr) Shaffali Lakhanpal, MD, MSC(DFSM) Total nutrition diet clinic, suggests that “Vitamin B Complex especially B6, B12, Riboflavin, and Folate are very helpful in acid reflux disease. They help to reduce symptoms by pairing with the components that cause acid reflux and thus decrease acid reflux. Although researches are going on, various studies published so far suggest that vitamin B complex intake help relieve reflux, esophagitis, esophagus cancer, etc”.
Studies also showed that those who took these vitamin supplements along with their regular treatment have complete relief from heartburn which is the main symptom of acid reflux. Studies are further going on to evaluate “whether giving Vitamin B alone is a cure for acid reflux or not”
Every medication can not be suitable for everybody. Many people may feel side effects after the prolonged use of such medcines.
Dr. Shaffali Lakhanpal says that “Many Multivitamins can cause side effects, especially when taken in large doses. Always take Multivitamin in the recommended dose. Side effects of taking multivitamins include muscle weakness, increase urination, heart disease, and mental confusion also”.
- Betaine HCI with Pepsin: Betaine hydrochloride is a compound that helps in increasing stomach acid. One examination in 6 individuals with low degrees of stomach corrosive showed that taking 1500 mg of betaine HCl expanded stomach acidity. Betaine hydrochloride is additionally matched with pepsin in numerous enhancements. Pepsin is a stomach-related catalyst in stomach corrosive that breaks proteins into more modest units.
- Melatonin: Melatonin is not a supplement but a hormone that regulates the sleep and wake cycle of our body. Melatonin is used to treat insomnia and it helps improve our sleep quality. Talking about the treatment of acid reflux by melatonin, One study showed that it can aid acid reflux. A low level of melatonin can cause peptic ulcers, digestive issues, and acid reflux.
- Probiotics: People use probiotics for many reasons. They have many health benefits. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that are found in our digestive tract. Some researchers have found that supplementing with probiotics may help decrease symptoms of acid reflux.
To reduce the symptoms and effects of acid reflux one can use some natural remedies also while using vitamins and other medications. Ginger can be used as a home remedy to acid reflux. It is always beneficial to have home remedies or prevention than depending upon the medication. A healthy lifestyle or a slight change in your lifestyle can also help in reducing the symptoms of acid reflux.