alginate or... seaweed

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

mock turtle
Regular Member


Date Joined Mar 2011
Total Posts : 467
   Posted 5/29/2011 11:05 AM (GMT -6)   
ok i know this going to sound crazy but over months of desperation ive tried a lotta things

reading that the uk and canadian preparations of gaviscon were superior to the domestic variety here in the us i tried to imitate the formulation

i had read that the "raft" (protective barrier") at the les was dependent upon the amount of sodium alginate in the gaviscon and so i tried to boost the content. i had read that sea weed was an excelant source of sodium alginate. so... i bough some kombu sea weed and blended the heck out of it, cooked it poured off the water blended it again and mixed it with the gaviscon.. it actually seemed to improve the performance regarding raft (or barrier) formation, but the taste and consistency was enough to gag a maggot

so more recently ive tried a new way. i bought some wakame seaweed, (better tasting imho than kombu, and instead of cooking it and blending it into the gaviscon... instead.. i just eat the prepared wakame aboput 15 minutes after the end of a meal (its toasted and dried and crunchy like a breakfast cereal!)

heres a very important fact,,, the stomach floats a bunch of acid at the top in the fundus area and of course thats right next to the les which is part of the reason why our lower esophagus is so vulnerable to the burn when the sphincter goes thru a transient relaxation

well that acid is whats necessary to convert the alginate in the seaweed to a barrier. so if somebody is taking large quantities of PPIs so that they have reduced stomach acid to very low or non existent levels, this solution wont work

but if you are one of the people here struggling with rebound after cutting way back on PPI meds, or choosing not to go the way of PPIs or are using moderate to low doses of H2s to temper the degree of stomach acid then this might work

i say might work because i am very suspicious of any notion i have about finding cause and effect. for example ive eaten safe foods and compiled a list and then depending upon other factors im not thinking about... or which foods i combine at a meal from the safe food list...suddenly i get reflux when i think ive done everything right

so im not making a hard and fast claim here...just sharing that munching on some seaweed, specifically dried toasted wakame (taste preferred , or kombu (taste not preferred!) appears, often, not always, to tap the breaks on my reflux events

im eating just small servings ... about two heaping table spoons of wakame as a crunchy snack after a meal

i have seen that food grade alginate can be purchased over the internet...im tempted...

Post Edited (mock turtle) : 5/29/2011 10:22:19 AM (GMT-6)

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Monday, September 24, 2018 10:06 AM (GMT -6)
There are a total of 3,006,047 posts in 329,295 threads.
View Active Threads


Who's Online
This forum has 161820 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, Dogsitter2.
323 Guest(s), 7 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
HeartsinPain, Sandy1222, Saipan Paradise, Szabo246, ltc1225, Leah2013, iPoop