Feeling better after taking vitamin B complex

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Hi everyone, I've had the most horrendous GERD symptoms for over a year and have to go back for endoscopies every 6 months with my next one due in a few weeks.  I've taken everything ending in 'zole' since November  2014 plus over the counter medications and herbal treatments.  I've had advice from a nutrional expert and even been to see a Chinese medicine 'doctor' who advised me to take raw potato juice every morning for 3 days which is actually quite vile !!  It didnt really work for me but it may just work for some !!  I've always eaten healthily but have my triggger foods like most people with this problem - alcohol, coffee, pastry, fried food - the usual culprits.  Anyway, moving on - a couple of weeks ago I started taking a super vitamin B complex and doing daily exercise including yoga and some weight bearing exercises.  Since doing this I've noticed a big difference in my symptoms - I was a bit wary of taking the B vits in case it triggered the GERD but it has actually soothed it by about 75% so far. Also the exercise keeps me calm as stress is a huge factor for me in managing the condition.  I know this won't work for everyone but if it can help some of you then its worth the post.  I also researched online how vitamin B might help GERD and wasn't surprised to read that in group tests 95% of people taking it found their symptoms reduced compared to 65% of the group taking Omeprozole. I also swear by centaurium taken 5 minutes before eating to help with digestion. 

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    ​Can I ask how the centaurium works because I have been thinking about it?

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      Hi there

      (sorry not been on here for a few days)

      I take between 10 and 15 drops 10 minutes before a meal and it helps to digest my food better.  I copied this off a site for you to explain it better.

      Centaurium has a bitter taste and owes this property to the group of compounds called bitter glycosides. 

      The taste of bitter foods stimulates the appetite and triggers the secretion of digestive juices in the stomach, which in turn improves the breakdown of food. 

      At the same time, the hormone gastrin is secreted by the walls of the stomach. This tightens the valve between the oesophagus and stomach, which is important in reducing the symptoms associated with a hiatus hernia, such as gastric reflux.

      In the use of bitter herbs, the bitter taste is essential to their therapeutic action, so do not attempt to disguise the taste.

      I'd definitely give it a go because I genuinely feel that it helps me. However, if you're not cutting back on trigger foods its not as effective.  

      good luck smile

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    Thank you Deborah and everyone else on this subject for so much helpand guidance. My results were only a lack of Vitamin D. However, because I am now suffering with arthritis, my GP put me on Morphine patches (one per week). It made me so sick, that I had to take the patch off after 3 days. Then this week I made an unforgivable mistake! My meds are sorted into two boxes, one for my current medication in a blister pack and inhalers and one for replacements when I run out of anything. The GP put me on a new anti-sick pill, as the one I had been taking is being withdrawn as being unsuitable for anyone with certain heart conditions. Somehow or other my Clopedigeral (left over when I changed to the blister packs) got put in the wrong box (they are blood thinners) and I thought it was my new anti-sick pills so started taking 2 a day, plus the one in my blister pack, making it 3 a day. My trouble is that I have ARMD, also damage to my optic nerve after one of my strokes and also have a high colourblind problem. The pills for my blood are pale pink and my anti-sick pills are the same size, but white. I can't tell the differnce. It was this combination that got me mixing up the meds. I just have strips of my medication, not the boxes they came in. No wonder I have felt so ill this week, feeling faint, sick and massive headache! As Delboy says in "Only Fools and Horses".(UK TV)....What a Plonker!!! Now I have put everything in their original boxed and am quite worried about my blood thinness, so will not be taking any blood thinning meds (also on 75mg Aspirin) for a few days and hope things get back to normal.

    Once again, I thank everyone for all the help given on this IBS and GERD forum.

    Kind regards to everyone...Val.


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