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Ginger More Powerful than Drugs as Treatment for Heartburn

Lisa Garber
September 8th, 2012
Updated 11/01/2012 at 10:27 pm
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Should it surprise us that ginger, a cousin of the celebrated turmeric root, is outperforming Big Pharma? Millions suffering from heartburn and indigestion might be saving a pretty penny if they gave ginger a try as a treatment for heartburn instead of the multi-billion dollar drug industry’s many acid-blockers.

Acid Reflux, Drugs, and Side-Effects

Dietary choices—like consuming caffeine, chocolate, fried and fatty foods, and alcohol—and simply overeating can lead to heartburn and acid reflux. In traditional medicine, we reach for pharmaceutical acid blockers like proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) when we have heartburn, but like many drugs these are not only often ineffective, they may exacerbate the condition. By design, acid-blockers can turn chronic heartburn into stomach acid barrier dysfunction by removing acid. These drugs are very dangerous, and shouldn’t be anyone’s first choice solution. Stomach acid, however, protects us from infection, aids in digestion, and manages the absorption of minerals and nutrients from our food.

According to GreenMedInfo, side effects of consuming acid-blockers include:

  • Clostridium infections
  • Diarrhea
  • Pneumonia
  • Bone fractures
  • Gastric lesions
  • Cancer
This is why it is so important to learn how to treat acid reflux naturally – without drugs.

Ginger as Treatment for Heartburn – Outperforms Acid-Blockers

Big Pharma profits when people treat symptoms with pills and syringes rather than removing the source of the problem and treating the condition naturally. People across cultures and centuries, however, have treated gastric discomfort and other ailments with ginger, and it seems we still don’t need Big Pharma’s help.

In a 2007 study published in the journal Molecular Research and Food Nutrition, researchers compared the anti-ulcer and anti-Helicobacter plyori (a bacteria linked to ulcers) properties of ginger and conventional acid-blockers like Lansoprazole, or Prevacid. Remarkably, ginger performed six to eight times better than did the drug. Rather than interfering with or removing stomach acid barrier (and thereby deactivating proteolytic enzymes and increasing risk of infection), ginger inhibits acid reflux and contains potent proteolytic enzymes comparable to the celebrated papaya. Researchers cite the ginger root as “potential in-expensive multistep blockers against ulcer.”

In addition to being a treatment for heartburn, the health benefits of ginger are more than abundant, with the spice also being antibacterial, antiviral, and has antiparasitic properties. It’s been found to kill cancer cells more effectively than often harmful cancer drugs and even ease the common cough.

From around the web:

  • Penelope

    From the School of Medicine, Salerno, Italy – 11th Century –

    "Within the stomach, loins and in the lung
    Praise of hot ginger rightly may be sung
    It quenches thirst, revives, excites the brain
    And in old age awakes young love again."


  • helen

    it's very true.. it was proven.. ginger cures many ailments like mine i had experienced acid reflux and acid forming in my abdomen, i experienced this for almost 1 year, but when our close family friend suggest me to use ginger i regularly make it every night after meal, i've finely chopped it because we don't have blender, 1 tbsp. of mincely chopped ginger then i drink 1 glass of lukewarm water for best result,after 1 week taking of this miraculous herbs my acid reflux was already gone…

    I thanks God for discovering this wondrous herbs, a perfect cure in any ailments.. mostly.. Alway's keep on praying and ask God always for guidance, Someone and a new friends we meet along the way is God blessings to us… In Jesus name… Again Thanks God Almighty!…

    • Anonymous

      Thank U for your help God Bless U!!!!!!!

  • dummy johnson

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