You've probably seen the commercials Larry the Cable Guy does for Prilosec. Prilosec treats chronic heartburn, which the medical world calls GERD or reflux disease. Larry's a funny guy, but this time, the joke's on him. You don't need a drug to treat heartburn. You can get relief naturally - guaranteed.
As you may know, melatonin is great for sleep, immune function, and cancer prevention. But the benefits don't stop there - it also cures chronic heartburn. A recent study examined 350 patients with GERD. Doctors gave half the patients 6 mg of melatonin along with some common nutrients. They gave the other half a maximum dose - 20 mg - of omeprazole, which is the drug used in Prilosec and some generics. Many doctors believe omeprazole is the best drug out there for GERD. But it couldn't even compete with melatonin.
After 40 days of treatment, every single one of the melatonin patients was free of all systems. None of them had any side effects. But only 65.7% of the omeprazole group was symptom-free. And some of them actually ended up worse off than before - 1% had to stop taking the drug because of the persistent headache it gave them, 4% had diarrhea, and 1.7% developed high blood pressure. Once the study was over, the doctors decided to let the 60 patients still experiencing symptoms give melatonin a chance. And after another 40 days, every single one of them was free of symptoms.
Clearly, melatonin is very effective against GERD. Here's why: your body makes melatonin in a couple of different ways. One way is in your brain, in response to sunlight. But your body also makes it in the enterochromaffic cells in the intestinal tract. In fact, these cells typically make 400 times more melatonin than the brain does! And your intestines then release it when you eat, to great effect in the gastrointestinal tract.
Melatonin prevents ulcers, stops an overproduction of stomach acid, prevents intestinal infections, promotes ulcer healing, and increases circulation. It also reduces nitric oxide synthesis in the esophageal sphincter. Nitric oxide causes the sphincter to relax and allows stomach acid to reflux up into the esophagus. This is a major mechanism of reflux in patients with GERD, and melatonin corrects it.
As uncomfortable as GERD is, it causes more problems than just heartburn discomfort. It also can cause vomiting, difficulty swallowing, chronic coughing, and hoarseness. You definitely want to beat it. So try 3 mg of melatonin before you turn to any prescriptions or over-the-counter drugs. It works better and has almost no side effects, other than drowsiness and possibly grogginess. And have a laugh next time Larry the Cable Guy shows up on your TV - you've found something even better than what he's selling.
You can order a new proprietary heartburn formula that contains melatonin from Advanced Bionutritionals. Advanced Heartburn Relief also contains D-Limonene and L-5-Hydroxytryptophan. I'll have more on both of these in future issues of Nutrient Insider. But for now, know that they are very powerful natural heartburn remedies.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.
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