Are you suffering from indigestion and heartburn? Research shows that fresh ginger, may be more effective and safer than using acid blockers, proton pump inhibitors, and H2 agonists. Ginger is natural and causes no side effects unlike traditional medications.  Some of the side effects of the traditional medications include but are not limited to are:

  • Clostridium infections
  • Parasitic infections
  • Viral and bacterial infections
  • Problems with vitamin and mineral absorption
  • Diarrhea
  • Bone fractures
  • Gastric lesions
  • Cancer
  • Pneumonia

What initially starts out as a heartburn will eventually become something known as stomach acid barrier dysfunction due to the the drugs removing acid from the stomach which protects the human body from infections, helps digest food, and assists in the bio-absorption of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Chronic heartburn leads to acid reflux disease also known as gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD). So what is the solution for people having acid reflux/GERD/or heartburn? The answer is keep it natural! The natural approach is usually better (unless someone’s condition is so advanced and the body is so damaged that there may be no natural alternative). Studies are pointing to the benefits of ginger for helping with gastroenterological disorders.

In 2007, in the journal called Molecular Research and Food Nutrition published a study called “Inhibition of gastric H+, K+ATPase and Heliobacter pylori growth by phenolic antioxidants of Zingiber officinale,” discussed how ginger was six to eight times more potent and effective at inhibiting acid production than traditional medicines. Furthermore, ginger was also found to have strong antioxidant properties “protecting both lipids from peroxidation (rancidity) and DNA damage, leading the researchers to conclude that specific fractions within ginger have “potential in-expensive multistep blockers against ulcer.”

“Researchers also claim that  drugs which interfere and/or remove the stomach acid barrier also deactivate acid-dependent protein-digesting (proteolytic enzymes) such as pancreatic protease, and increases the risk of infection as a result of the loss of the anti-infective effects of the stomach’s acid, ginger actually has an exactly opposite set of benefits: it contains a proteolytic enzyme several hundred times more potent than the one found in papaya (papain) and has broad-spectrum antibacterial,antiviral and antiparasitic properties, to name but only a few of its 40+ distinct pharmacological actions.”

If you or someone you know suffers with heartburn, GERD, or problems digesting food, Dr. Gary Eshanov, a chiropractor in Montclair, NJ recommends  taking a natural approach. With a healthy diet, proper supplementation, and CHIROPRACTIC care (yes, chiropractic care may help relieve nerve pressure on the nerves innervating the stomach and gastrointestinal tract thus optimizing function) you can improve your health and completely eliminate the conditions discussed in this article.


(If you are looking for chiropractor in Montclair NJ, you are invited to visit Eshanov Chiropractic and to schedule a consultation. Dr. Eshanov, is a family chiropractor, specializing in both chiropractic care and clinical/medicinal nutrition.)