Calcium Citrate Powder for LES?

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Usagihime
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   Posted 3/11/2011 1:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone, I'm wondering if anyone here tried to take calcium citrate in the powder form, in order to strengthen the LES? I have a loose LES so I'm willing to try it to see if it works.

katlan
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   Posted 3/11/2011 3:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I've tried it, it didn't work for me. Kat x

Usagihime
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   Posted 3/11/2011 3:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Katlan, how long have you tried it for before deeming it a failure?

katlan
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   Posted 3/11/2011 4:49 PM (GMT -6)   
For a week. Kat x

miketx
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   Posted 3/11/2011 6:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I read a post on another forum where a user claimed to have used it for a couple of months with no results. I've also read that it can help tighten the LES, though. Let us know if it works for you.

miketx
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   Posted 3/17/2011 1:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I thought I'd bump this thread. I've been taking calcium citrate powder and melatonin for five days. So far, so good: my symptoms have been extremely mild to non-existent over that period. However, I normally only have one bad day every seven to ten days, so it's too early to tell whether these supplements are making a difference. I'll post an update next week.

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 5/16/2011 11:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Miketx,
Do you have an update on the calcium and melatonin please?!

Nickles
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   Posted 7/16/2011 10:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Anyone tried Calcium Citrate for GERD or their LES?

MiketX or MMM or anyone else?

Any experiences?

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 7/17/2011 3:53 AM (GMT -6)   
I have only taken it a couple of times - it certainly gave no immediate relief. I haven't got round to trying it properly, partly cos you need to make up a little solution of it and take at night (I think). I was trying zinc citrate and was determined to keep going with that for a fair trial. However, then the anaemia issue came up so I stopped it (zinc and iron compete with each other for absorption.

For me, lots of these things fall by the wayside every time I am away from home or have a flare up. I'll try to do the calcium again . . . Instead of just looking at the pot every day.

I'm still recovering from the folic acid flare up. I tried 400 ug yesterday and that gave me pain as well. I just seem to lurch from one bear trap to the next . . ..
New stuff: GERD. Interstitial Cystitis
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Nickles
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   Posted 7/17/2011 9:32 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry MMM.

Has anyone else tried this? I don't think you get immediate relief do you? Has anyone tried this?

mock turtle
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   Posted 7/17/2011 12:26 PM (GMT -6)   
i too have read that calcium in powder or liquid taken at the end of a meal helps strengthen the LES

i drank liquid calcium citrate after every meal for six weeks and i did not experience a noticeable reduction in reflux events

i took melatonin, 6mg time release every night for six months and my reflux continued

i judge that the reflux continued based upon continued hoarseness, coughing, and daily feelings of burning events in the back of my throat and classic feelings of heartburn. ongoing damage to my larynx and upper esophagus was confirmed as i was getting monthly flexible trans nasal laryngoscopy of the upper end of the throat

i suspect the calcium would help some people who have a borderline case of a weak LES as i have read the recommendation from respected sources...just didnt work for me

Nickles
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   Posted 7/18/2011 12:06 AM (GMT -6)   
What sources where those Mockturtle...I could not find some good sources....

Thanks...

For the melatonin did you check your thyroid levels or did you check for an autoimmune disease?

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 7/18/2011 3:19 AM (GMT -6)   
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1600-079X.2006.00359.x/full

This is the study that got everyone interested in melatonin. You can't buy it in the uk, so I haven't been able to try it.

There was also an interesting study on zinc salts http://www.nature.com/ajg/journal/v106/n1/abs/ajg2010327a.html
But it is not in a form that you can buy on the high street. Sadly you get the feeling that the research is about finding a marketable product rather than telling us how to get better by DIY methods.

I'm not sure there's anything concrete about calcium citrate. Calcium is responsible for muscle contraction, whereas magnesium does the opposite. Whatever article I read gave me the impression the calcium citrate would have an immediate effect, but it didn't make me feel any different. I'll see if I can find the article . . . .
New stuff: GERD. Interstitial Cystitis
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies, eczema, asthma

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 7/18/2011 4:06 AM (GMT -6)   
http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/19352872/ns/today-today_health/t/have-acid-reflux-soothe-it-naturally/

This, I think, is one of the things I read about taking calcium citrate. It's just hearsay though; I haven't been able to find any scientific evidence. I think it's just a logical assumption because calcium causes muscle contraction.

Personally I feel my reflux is worse on PPIs, which I have to take for the gastritis (and ulcer type symptoms - no ulcers found on gastroscopy). I guess I'm supposed to be happy that there shouldn't be any acid in the reflux...............

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New stuff: GERD. Interstitial Cystitis
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Nickles
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   Posted 7/18/2011 7:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks MMM
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