Does Calcium heal or just cover up symptoms?

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CathyA
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   Posted 9/4/2011 7:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I take Calcium daily to control my IBS. When I skip it a day or 2, my heartburn comes back. This made me realize that the Calcium is controlling my GERD too. Do you think its keeping my stomach/esophagus from getting damaged, or just covering up the pain?
Thanks.

dencha
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   Posted 9/4/2011 8:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kathy,
 
Welcome to our little GERD corner of Healing Well!
 
I went looking for information and found two different results with very different takes on whether or not calcium helps with GERD.
 
Here's the one that definitely supports your hunch:
 
Here is one that actually posits that calcium can increase acid in the long run (look at the antacid section):
 
Hey, you're the best one to know if it's helping you!  I have heard that calcium can help.  In answer to your question, if it neutralizes acid then it is helping protect you.
 
Good luck!
Denise

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 9/4/2011 2:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Some say calcium helps keep the LES closed, so it could be having that effect too. That's great finding a natural treatment that helps, well done!

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