I have been warning about the many dangers of antacids for decades. These dangers include kidney disease, increased bone fractures, low magnesium levels, gastrointestinal infections, and pneumonia. Now we can add another danger to these worthless drugs: Dementia.
Large clinical study analysis shows that those taking these drugs have a whopping 44% greater chance of developing dementia later in life. This is likely because certain compounds of these drugs cross the blood brain barrier and alter brain enzymes. Further these drugs can cause a serious deficiency of vitamin B12, the nerve vitamin.
The sad part of all this is that in 90% or more of the cases, these drugs are not necessary at all; your upper digestive system is designed to be very acidic. The stomach must be acidic to do its job of protein digestion, fat emulsification, and enzyme formation. Only when the stomach can no longer produce adequate stomach acids does heartburn and acid reflux develop.
The way to solve these problems is to INCREASE stomach acid not decrease it.
In addition to protein digestion minerals such as calcium and magnesium can only be absorbed in an acid environment. When stomach acid is destroyed by these drugs most of these minerals pass through the system without being absorbed.
We have all seen the ads for these drugs, known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). They include Prevacid, Nexium, and Prilosec. What you don’t likely know is that all these drugs, which appear to be in competition with each other, are made by the same drug company!!!
In essence AstraZeneca is in competition with itself and they don’t care which one you buy.
A safe and beneficial alternative to these highly dangerous drugs would be a full spectrum digestive support formula that helps increase natural stomach acid while providing the raw materials necessary for the body to manufacture digestive enzymes. We use a combination formula that provides all this support in one. It’s being sold as Digest-Eze and you can call them at 1-800-440-2390. We recommend this along with our Full Spectrum Multi formula called High Vitality, also available from Phoenix Nutritionals. Check back soon for more information about Heart Disease Month and how you can keep your Heart healthy. Should you have any questions you can reach our office at 1-888-454-8464
For more information on how to avoid these dangers and properly support your digestive system watch my video Indigestion, Heartburn, and Acid Reflux.