Its become far too common. A little heartburn? Just chew a couple of antacids. Still not going away? Move to the big boys acid suppressors. After trying just about everything else, patients often turn to their doctor looking for relief from digestive problems like heartburn, pain just below the rib cage, nausea, and vomiting. Unfortunately, even with mainstream drugs, these digestive complaints don’t just go away they can potentially become chronic, long-term problems. The reality is that these complaints are often just symptoms of a larger problem – ulcers.
According to a survey from the Herbal Advisory Service, 6 out of 10 people regularly suffer from heartburn. With results like this, its not surprising that antacid products (e.g., Tums) and acid suppressors (e.g., Tagamet and Dyspamet) are top-selling drugs in the United Kingdom.
But, as with so many other medications on the market, the solutions really aren’t solutions at all they merely mask the symptoms.
Whats worse is that in the end, your ulcer will not have been healed, and the antacids will have stripped your stomach of the acid that’s important for digestion, so in turn you’ll need to take even more medication.
And while it may seem convenient to chew one tablet or swallow one pill, you wont find real relief until you go beyond that. After all, an ulcer isn’t just really bad heartburn: Its often related to a bacterial infection that wont go away until treated fully.
But there’s an alternative approach that can break this vicious cycle. Zinc-carnosine, also know as Zinlori 75, single-handed does the job of all these mainstream treatments combined: It relieves symptoms, kills infections, and heals ulcers.
Factors that contribute to ulcers
People used to think that stress was the most common cause of ulcers. Although it’s been known to aggravate them, there are other factors that actually cause ulcers and poor stomach function to occur. The most common factor is the presence of the bacterium Helicobactor pylori (H. pylori). It is one of the most common infections in the UK. More than a quarter of people in the UK become infected with H. pylori at some stage in their life. The bacterium usually lies dormant until it is aggravated by injury, medication, or lifestyle. A simple blood test can tell you if you have H. pylori.
According to the New England Journal of Medicine, NSAIDs are the second leading cause of ulcers in the United States. Unfortunately, no comparable figures could be found for the UK. However, one study reports that approximately 50 per cent of patients who regularly take NSAIDs have some level of gastric erosion and that as many as 15 to 30 per cent of them have ulcers. Pain relievers like aspirin and aspirin-type compounds (such as ibuprofen and naproxen sodium) are examples of stomach irritants. If you remain on these low-level pain medications to treat age-related health issues, youll end up causing disruptions and injury to your stomach lining.
Your diet and lifestyle can also contribute to digestive problems and stomach ulcers. Consuming too many fatty or acidic foods, drinking coffee and some fruit juices, smoking, and drinking alcohol can all be significant factors.
Build up a wall of protection and stop ulcers before they start
The typical drug for stomach ulcers works by suppressing or neutralising stomach acid. But this very acid is actually part of the stomachs defence mechanism. The stomach defends itself with a lining of mucus-secreting cells that protect against irritation and other challenges. But when the stomach’s protective lining is weakened, a hole can form in the lining. Then the natural acid thats still left in the stomach gets into the sensitive lining underneath, causing an ulcer to form.
Another problem with acid blockers is that they cant single-handed inhibit H. pylori, which means you’d also have to take antibiotics. Unfortunately, symptoms often return after stopping treatment, and you could end up undergoing years of drug therapy. Until now, prescription and OTC drugs (and all the side effects that go with them) were the only options available for treating stomach ulcers. But many people would rather not risk the health consequences that go along with taking drugs that alter the normal digestive process.
That’s why zinc-carnosine may be a good alternative. It does more than treat the symptoms: Zinc-carnosine dissolves in the stomach and adheres to the ulceration or wound on the stomach lining more effectively than other forms of zinc complexes. It does this by promoting mucus secretions and supporting the mucosal barrier, the stomachs natural defence mechanism. Its also been shown to inhibit the presence of the H. pylori bacteria.4 This means that zinc-carnosine not only is beneficial for treating ulcers but also for preventing them.
Zinc-carnosine is a combination of the nutrients L-carnosine and zinc. Both of these molecules have been shown in lab tests to help prevent ulcers. Most importantly, a recent study on laboratory animals showed that when these two substances are chemically joined together the unique properties of the new molecule actually have greater benefits than if they were just physically mixed together.5
Zinc-carnosine is not a brand-new product, as it has been available as a prescription product in Japan since 1994. Both human and animal trials have demonstrated its safety and efficacy. One of the human clinical trials reported remarkable improvement of symptoms in as many as 70 per cent of subjects after eight weeks of use.6 This includes symptoms like heartburn, belching, and bloating.
But the most exciting findings in the trials was that patients reported a 65 per cent improvement in ulcers after only eight weeks of use.7
The bottom line is that zinc-carnosine has been shown to help promote the health and integrity of the stomach lining by addressing the issues that contribute to the development of ulcers in the first place.
What to take for best results
Studies have shown that the optimal dose of Zinc-carnosine is 150mg per day, taking 75mg twice daily, generally right after breakfast and at bedtime. Take this for 8 weeks, then reduce the dose to 75mg a day as a maintenance dose to prevent recurrence.
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