Can Ginger Beat Out The Multi-Billion Dollar Acid Blockers?

By Sayer Ji

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

Did you know that the multi-billion drug category known as “acid blockers,” despite being used by millions around the world daily, may not work as well as the humble ginger plant in relieving symptoms of indigestion and heartburn?

Ginger is a spice, a food, and has been used as a medicine safely for millennia by a wide range of world cultures. Research on the health benefits of ginger is simply staggering in its depth and breadth. In fact, the health benefits of ginger have been studied extensively for over 100 health conditions or symptoms, making it one of the world’s most versatile, evidence-based remedies.

The biomedical literature on acid blockers, on the other hand, is rife with examples of the many adverse health effects that come with blocking stomach acid production with xenobiotic, patented drugs, i.e. proton pump inhibitors and H2 antagonists. What started out as “heartburn” – which in its chronic form is now called “acid reflux” or “gastroesophageal reflux disorder” – soon becomes stomach acid barrier dysfunction, when these drugs remove the acid which protects us from infection, helps to break down food, and facilitate the absorption of minerals and nutrients.

The list of 30+ harms is extensive, but here are a few of the most well-established adverse effects you may not be aware of:

  • Clostridium Infections
  • Diarrhea
  • Pneumonia
  • Bone Fractures
  • Gastric Lesions and Cancer

Back to our friend – our “plant ally” – ginger. What happens when Pharma meets Farm in a biomedical face-off? When acid-blocking drugs are compared in efficacy to our little spicy ginger root? Well, this is what the journal Molecular Research and Food Nutrition found back in 2007 …

Titled, “Inhibition of gastric H+, K+-ATPase and Helicobacter pylori growth by phenolic antioxidants of Zingiber officinale,” the study set out to determine the anti-ulcer and anti-Helicobacter plyori (a bacteria commonly implicated in ulcer formation) capacity of ginger extracts versus conventional acid-blocking agents, such as lansoprazole (trade name Prevacid).[i] Researchers found that one fraction of ginger exhibited six- to eight-fold better potency over lansoprazole at inhibiting acid production (specifically, gastric cell proton potassium ATPase activity).

But, this was not all. Ginger was also found to have potent 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.”

While this study focused on specific isolates of the whole ginger plant, it must be remembered that whole plants are not drugs, nor should be reduced to “nutraceutical” magic-bullets in order to become new palliative drug alternatives, which is to say, symptom-repressors, leaving the real healing job of changing the underlying nutritional, environmental, emotional context to lead to the problem in the first place, unchanged.

While taking a ginger pill is usually a better choice than a chemical one, for most folks, ginger should be consumed in whole forms, in moderate and balanced quantities, along with a nourishing, organic, whole-food and traditional foods diet, in order to move beyond the paradigm of popping pills, or proprietary fractions of herbs in order to balance out the pendulum of extremes.

Either way, I think its time with awaken from the sorcery-like spell of pharmacia (Greek word meaning: drug, potion, charm, spell, poison), and realize everything we already need is likely in our backyard, our refrigerators or cupboards – if not altogether within ourselves.

Additional Relevant Research:

Acid Reflux

Water Extinguishes Stomach Acid 175x Faster Than Some Drugs

[i] Mugur N Siddaraju, Shylaja M Dharmesh Inhibition of gastric H+, K+-ATPase and Helicobacter pylori growth by phenolic antioxidants of Zingiber officinale. Mol Nutr Food Res. 2007 Mar;51(3):324-32. PMID: 17295419

About the Author

Sayer Ji is the founder and director of GreenMedInfo.com and co-author of the book The Cancer Killers: The Cause Is The Cure with New York Times best-seller Dr. Ben Lerner and Dr. Charles Majors. His writings and research have been published in the Wellbeing Journal, the Journal of Gluten Sensitivity, and have been featured on Mercola.com, NaturalNews.com, Reuters.com, GaryNull.com, Infowars.com and Care2.com.

 


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  • Did you know there were studies done with Prilosec where folks with acid reflux..and a placebo group without problems were given the prilosec daily. At the conclusion of the experiment those folks who were the placebo group w/out problems suddenly had to take the Prilosec to keep from having problems. (evil big pharma) I had horrible heartburn.GERD for over 40 years. First 20 or so on antacids, then went to the ,”acid pump blockers”. Finally I decided to quit treating the symptoms….get off the prilosec (which I had to do by slowly reducing the dose, pouring out half of the tiny little pills). Then we switched to a GAPS diet. Not only did a lifetime of heartburn and terrible GERD go away, but also arthritis, hair on my head started growing back…and my Libido was supercharged. So I’d like to say that taking Ginger might help, as well as Licorice Root which has a similar activity. BUT you are only fooling yourself by quelling symptoms and not the cause. Which is a little more detailed to go into now. But check out the GAPS diet, it’s worked for me (also brought my blood pressure down to that of a teen age boy.) Diet and avoiding all the civilized CRAP humans ingest is the answer.

  • Rose

    I used ginger roots all year long for cooking, also used it as a hot tea and it works great with my colds especially during winter. I highly recommend this wonderful spice/herb.