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Is olive oil good for GERD and heartburn?

 

Martin asks:

For the past several days I've been confused as to whether virgin olive oil can provide me some relief from GERD (acid reflux disease).

Dr. Deane replies:

Back in the days before acid blocker pills, people went on an "ulcer diet" for gastritis, ulcers and gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD). It was a bland diet heavy on cream and other fats. While fats can soothe the esophagus and stomach and tighten the valve at the bottom of the stomach, they decrease the tone of the valve at the top of the stomach. This is the valve that keeps acid in your stomach and stops you from burping up acid into the sensitive esophagus. If you are serious about controlling your GERD the acid blockers (omeprazole, famotidine, ranitidine, etc.) are much more effective than eating olive oil.

Posted: September, 2006

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