Vitamins for Heartburn/Indigestion
Many individuals experience heartburn and/or indigestion at some point in life. Antacids are the most frequently used as they neutralize stomach acid to cut down on heartburn, sour stomach, acid indigestion, and stomach upset. There are two types of drugs that cut down on the production of acid in the stomach: histamine antagonists (H2 antagonists or H2 blockers) and proton pump inhibitors (PPI's). H2 blockers are available over the counter and include Pepcid, Tagamet and Zantac, while PPI's include Nexium, Prevacid and Omeprazole. These drugs are commonly prescribed to address heartburn and/or indigestion due to their ability to target specific chemical pathways often dysregulated with heartburn and/or indigestion. Unfortunately, some of these medications do not cure the reason for the heartburn and/or indigestion, but rather only treat the symptoms. Often these drugs are then used for many years, and cause frustrating or concerning side-effects.
Did you know there are supplements specifically designed to support a healthy stomach and gastrointestinal health?
- GI Soothe contains Zinc Carnosine is a zinc complex of L-carnosine that has been shown to benefit the mucosal lining in the stomach and small intestine. Mastic gum, traditionally used to protect the stomach lining has been shown in studies to promote microbial balance in the stomach. Bismuth citrate is used to promote normal bacterial growth and for its soothing action on the gastric and mucosal lining. Berberine sulfate is a compound with many health benefits but specifically improves the lining of the stomach, increases blood flow to the spleen and thereby promoting healthy immune system activity.
- BactClear provides a blend of three essential oils that act in synergy to promote healthy microbial balance and immune support. Formulated with the goal of supporting the GI flora by promoting balanced immunity, Intestin-ol includes potent thyme, oregano and clove oils. These have been used for centuries to promote microbial balance and to help protect the immune system from microbial stressors.
- Vital-Zymes Complete offers a wide array of enzyme support with the DPP-IV enzyme that breaks down gluten and casein molecules.
- Digestzymes is a full spectrum digestive enzyme blend containing specific enzymes such as betaine HCl, Ox Bile Extract, and Pancreatin targeting protein breakdown and fat absorption for maximum nutrient absorption.
Where to get them
The vitamins and nutrients commonly used to heartburn and indigestion can be purchased at any large retailer. Be on the lookout for professional-grade vitamins and supplements - most of those sold at brick-and-mortar retailers are food-grade. Wellnicity has sourced a variety of supplements, used effectively for years by our clinical team. These supplements can be compiled into daily-dose pill packs for convenience. (All of the vitamins and supplements sold here at Wellnicity are professional-grade).
If you want to really address your symptoms and find out which vitamins and supplements will actually make you feel better, you first need to know what is going on in your body. We offer a number of clinical at-home test kits to help you measure and discover what is out of balance so you can accurately address your problems.
Test kits for measuring these imbalances