Garlic cured my Gerd/Reflux

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Sean B
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   Posted 3/4/2011 3:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I know it sounds totally opposite of evething you read about Gerd and Garlic being a trigger but I have experienced amazing success since taking Garlic supplemants daily.
 
In my research for some relief I found a few aritcles stating that Garlic is a natural antibiotic and is the only natural way to kill the H pylori bacteria that an estimated 80% of reflux sufferers have.
 
Over Christmas during a bad bout of reflux related symptoms I ate two raw cloves and once my mouth cooled off I was surprised to note that my symptoms had subsided.
 
Its been almost 3 months and I have been taking Garlic supplemants daily ever since.  I found eating the raw garlic too powerful and it was definitely noticeable to others.  I have since started using Garlic supplements in capsule form.  Initially I did experince a little more Heartburn but this was always the least of my symptoms and eventually this has subsided as well.
 
I no longer have the constant "lump in throat" sensation, excessive globulos and mucus in the back of throat, burning behind the breast bone, excessive throat clearing, chronic indigestion etc.  Garlic is said to regulate bowel acitivity and though I didnt think I had a problem in this area its now apparent that I did.
 
I'm hoping others can find the relief I did and if so spread the word.  I will post back in 3 months or so to hopefully report that this is still working..
 
good luck

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   Posted 3/4/2011 10:48 PM (GMT -6)   
That's great, Sean! Thanks for sharing your positive experience!
Denise

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   Posted 3/5/2011 11:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Sean,
Glad to read you found something that is really working for you.  I wish you the best and hope your GERD continues to improve.
 
Kindly,
Kitt
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   Posted 3/10/2011 1:39 PM (GMT -6)   
It never ceases to amaze me how difficult it is to assign cause and effect. I have eaten the same thing, exactly, days apart, same size portion and found that one day i get bad reflux and another, i dont.

This causes me to wonder about the previous meal, or when i took my meds, or was it the food plus the exercise that day, or so many other vriables...difficult to know.

I ve eaten garlic for years, cooked, and even raw on occasions and still got gerd. Maybe the harmful things i did counter weighted or overwhelmed the good the garlic did...or maybe just my body chemistry is different.

Untangling this problem is like walking thru a maze.

Here is an excellent article from a medical journal i found on the net about why and how the LED malfunctions

"Pathophysiology of GERD: Lower Esophageal Sphincter Defects"

by a dr Castell and others

if the link doesnt work just google the tittle above and you will get several hits

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=3&sqi=2&ved=0CCoQFjAC&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.terapdf.com%2Fpathophysiology-gerd.pdf&rct=j&q=Pathophysiology%20of%20GERD%3A%20Lower%20Esophageal%20Sphincter%20Defects&ei=9hl5TbSDHIi4sQONorGMAw&usg=AFQjCNFoYKQXOoOTj6zX9VVDTd_WNFK7DA&cad=rja

Digestgirl
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   Posted 3/10/2011 6:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Well I cant get rid of the pain anyhow even with PPIs and Gaviscon. Im at my wits end. Ive not tried garlic supplements but sometimes have eaten garlic in food. My symptoms vary too some days Im in agony with indigestion and get reflux. Other days it calms down a bit but thenflares up again the next day. I was diagnosed wth GERD but also inflammation in the stomach and oesophagus. That was a year ago and it dont want to stop so whats going on I dont know. Im due to go back to see the gastro. I want to believe that certain foods help and some dont help. Some days I can eat a Mcdonalds ok and chocolate and some days Im in agony when I havent had these things. It must be our individual bodies. Some say have Aloe vera but Ive not got on with it very well tho havent tried it long term. I tried Chinese herbal meds with no success. I wonder if garlic can help? Maybe because some books say that low stomach acid can cause reflux in some people. What shall I do do you think? Try more remedies? Ive come on this site as a newbie looking for answers.

couchtater
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   Posted 3/10/2011 7:34 PM (GMT -6)   
welcome to hw, digestgirl.
What kinds of testing have you had?
Barium swallow, EGD, Manometry, ph testing, stomach emptying?
These are all vital in finding the right treatment.
Joy

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   Posted 3/11/2011 11:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow! I can so relate to the maze thing. Seems like there is no rhyme nor reason to why the symptoms surface. The only reoccurring theme for me is carbs. Or rather, highly processed carbs like pasta or white bread. It's like feeding a volcano. Seems like salad with chick peas should kill me... and instead it's a sweet roll or donut that lights the flame. Good thing I'm diabetic. The carbs are bad for my blood sugar anyway. ... But I miss them sometimes. (sigh!) Sorry to be a whiner...
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TMoP
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   Posted 2/11/2012 8:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your post, Sean B... I recently began taking garlic for a cold I felt coming on. I was told by a friend who just never catches the common cold that I should start popping a raw garlic clove daily to combat the imminent cold. Apart from the cold not worsening, one of the first things I noticed was that I hadn't had any heartburn since I started taking it.

I've been a serious heartburn sufferer for over eight years now and I haven't had heartburn since starting to take a raw clove of garlic each morning before a meal or tea. I've eaten all the most threatening foods to me - and nothing. I haven't had the slightest acid reflux in over a week and that's big news for me!

I am certain it is the raw cut garlic that has healed me. I don't chew it nor crush it; I simply cut it into sizes I can take like a tablet...

Sean B
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   Posted 2/17/2012 2:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad to hear that Garlic is having a postivie impact for you.  I should have mentioned that in my research it appears that the benefit of Garlic is mitigated with cooking.  Suppossedly the magic in Garlic is from the compound Allacin that gets created when you crush the garlic.  Much of the Allacin is destroyed by the stomache acids before it reaches the blood stream. 
 
So in additon to not being overly odourous to people around me the Garlic supplements have the added benefit of delivering more payload to the system due to being protected by much of the acids from the capsule.
 
The Garlic supplements I get are readily availabe at Wal-Mart, has a picture of a few cloves on the front and says that one table is equal to 3 cloves of fresh garlic.  If anyone would like the exact brand you can email me sean_m_brown@hotmail.com

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 2/17/2012 4:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Those of you that tried garlic, had you tested negative for Helicobacter? I'm interested to try it but a lot of the natural remedies seem to help by targeting Helicobacter. Also, what dose have you used?

Thanks.

MMM
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Sean B
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   Posted 2/24/2012 2:02 PM (GMT -6)   
mudmagnetmum
I was never tested so I can't say for sure that I had the Hpylori bacteria. looking at my symptoms that I previously had I would say it was failry clear that I had most of the major reflux symptoms. Its been 14 months and Garlic is the only thing I take daily and my Reflux symptoms are gone. I no longer have to watch what I eat and I am back to my 3 cups of coffee a day and now issues.

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 2/25/2012 3:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for replying. Really interesting, and so good to hear a success story !

MMM
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Nickles
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   Posted 2/25/2012 1:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey mmm


What is your take his story? I know you have alt. medicine background.

Do you think it was dysbosis? Or maybe some parasite or even h pylori without him knowing?

Garlic does possess anti-bacterial, fungal and viral properties. I have yet to tred garlic but will do so in a couple of months.

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 2/25/2012 2:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there,

Yes I'm wondering if the garlic worked for Sean by getting rid of Helicobacter. As you say, perhaps it can affect some other organisms that contribute to GERD. Garlic is said to protect against cancer too so I may just give it a trial anyway!

MMM
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Lifelong stuff: Food allergies/intolerance, eczema, asthma

sunbeam48
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   Posted 2/25/2012 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Any side effects from garlic tabs?

Alcie
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   Posted 2/25/2012 7:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm glad some people can take garlic for GERD, but anyone who thinks they may have specific food triggers should figure out what the triggers are before trying it. Garlic triggers my reflux because it contains sulfite, to which I have a sensitivity. I'd be in the ER if I ate a clove of it.

Keping a food journal for a couple of months is a cheap and easy way to check if you have food sensitivities or triggers. Just keep a notebook or a calendar with time, what you eat and drink, medicines, and reactions within a couple of hours. Migraine sufferers can have a food trigger a headache up to 2 days after eating.

Jenna Francesco
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   Posted 5/28/2013 8:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Sean B and TMoP,
Glad to hear you guys have rid of GERD/heartburn from taking raw garlics. As for me, I suffer from heartburn for more than a month now. Took 3 courses of medicine and just completed the third medication four days ago. I still have heartburn. Decided to not visit the dr first because i suspect medication worsen the disease. Today during dinner I had lots of minced raw garlic and I felt that heartburn has subsided immediately. I was excited and googled up and came across this forum. Would like to ask you guys are you on medication when u took garlic and found that it helped? As for me, I was off medication. Thought that this could be noteworthy esp for those who didn't find garlic work for them. I will post back after a week or so and see if my condition gets better using raw garlic. All the best for all heartburn sufferers out there!

Jenna Francesco
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   Posted 5/28/2013 8:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok I need to add this-not on empty stomach! I had minced raw garlic this morning on empty stomach and it burns like hell I almost puke. So I guess I still need to experiment on how to take them.

TheSiXness
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   Posted 5/28/2013 10:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Well I just did a quick google search and I got an interesting response from an article on yahoo.

It says that "Garlic.Belching is very embarrassing, especially if it's uncontrollable. Garlic has a million uses and one of those is to prevent the formation of gas that will cause belching. Eat minced garlic in your food or garlic soup if you don't want your breath to sink!"

Makes since, if it does relieve gas, I think I may have to try it.

Anyways, Here is the web address. 10 natural ways to heal cure reflux.

http://voices.yahoo.com/10-natural-cures-acid-reflux-indigestion-1905120.html?cat=68
-TheSixness-

Fighting daily pain from gastroparesis, gerd and lpr!
Had the TIF done 2/2012 and still am symptomatic.

TheSiXness
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   Posted 5/28/2013 10:31 PM (GMT -6)   
But yeah, I've been reading other articles online and the overall picture is that garlic aids in digestion and has the ability to eradicate microbes in your stomach, so someone with H-pylori may have some benefits due to garlic.
-TheSixness-

Fighting daily pain from gastroparesis, gerd and lpr!
Had the TIF done 2/2012 and still am symptomatic.

ed@mtl
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   Posted 5/29/2013 2:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Funny how other articles say garlic is bad for you.

TheSiXness
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   Posted 5/29/2013 11:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm tempted to try this... This however seems like it would be a bad idea....like that time I tried betain hcl lol
-TheSixness-

Fighting daily pain from gastroparesis, gerd and lpr!
Had the TIF done 2/2012 and still am symptomatic.

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   Posted 5/30/2013 4:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Jenna Francesco

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