In the UK alone last year, almost 2 million people were diagnosed with digestive problems.

They include peptic ulcers, gastritis and heartburn and a 1/3 of the UK suffers regularly from digestive related illnesses. It’s a common condition. The majority of patients are prescribed conventional treatments comprising acid reducing medication. However, drugs are so effective in suppressing acid that when patients stop taking them, they frequently suffer “rebound acidity level”.

Long-term use of antacids comes with side effects.

A study on overuse of antacids (published in the Journal of American Medication Association), found numerous causes for concern, including how they significantly suppress acidity within the body, which, in time, can restrict digestive processes. Antacids also affect how well we absorb important minerals and vitamins (Vit B12 absorption was shown to be limited which can cause complications to the circulatory system whilst reduced calcium absorption may result in insufficient bone growth and strength). Finally, if used over an extended period of time, there is an increased risk of dementia, nerve damage and anaemia.

Therefore long term use of antacids is not advisable and in many cases is not necessary. But when someone tries to come off antacids, its inevitably lead to rebound acid effect. Leading UK Neuro-Gastroenterology consultant Dr Anton Emmanuel recommends to reduce a dose of antacids gradually, halving it for a fortnight and then stopping completely.  The following rebound effect has been shown, in most cases, to dissipate within 2-3 weeks. Patients are therefore increasingly interested in natural treatments  which can relieve symptoms as they gradually wean themselves off antacids. A number of our customers have found the weaning process much easier to achieve in tandem with Pine Nut Oil consumption.

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