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Antacids May Cause Brain Starvation

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Strong stomach acid is an extremely important part of digestion. Strong acid 'digests' complex food components into simple molecules - like amino acids - that are the building blocks of life. We need stomach acid to do what it does to provide calories for energy. Maybe more importantly, we need stomach acid to break down foods to extract minerals so they are available for biological processes including rebuilding and repair.

All cells in our body require calories for energy and nutrients for repair and recovery. All cells in our bodies live and die thus we need nutrients to support enzymes and hormones that regulate the rebuilding and regrowth of tissue (collections of cells). Our brains are particularly susceptible to a lack of nutrients because brain cells use more energy than most other cells.  This energy demands calories but also requires nutrients for the building and rebuilding processes.


Antacids do one simple thing - reduce acid. But our cells - and brain cells in particular - rely on this acid to deliver nutrients


Watch and listen to experts on the topic of antacids and brain health.

  • Topic: Risk of overusing antacids

  • Source: The Doctors


  • Level: Beginner, 2 minutes

  • How PPIs Affect the Absorption of Essential Nutrients


  • Source: Companion Therapeutics


  • Level: Beginner, 1 minute

  • 5 Things you are Deficient in if you take PPIs

  • Source: Tama Galactica


  • Level: Beginner, 3 minutes

Prescription Antacids  

  • Getting Off Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs)

  • Source: Gabrielle Ferguson

  • Level: Intermediate, 4 minutes

  • Vitamin B12 Deficiency from Antacids

  • Source: Dr. Fred Pescatore

  • Level: Intermediate, 4 minutes

  • HowYour Gut Influences Your Mental Health

  • Source: Dr. Emeran Mayer


  • Level: Advanced, 8 minutes

  • How to Get off Your Heartburn Drugs

  • Source: Dr. Philip Oubre, MD


  • Level: Advanced, 8 minutes

Prescription Antacids

Over-the-Counter Antacids

  • omeprazole (Prilosec, Prilosec OTC)

  • aspirin and omeprazole (Yosprala)

  • lansoprazole (Prevacid, Prevacid IV, Prevacid 24-Hour)

  • dexlansoprazole (Dexilent, Dexilent Solutab)

  • rabeprazole (Aciphex, Aciphex Sprinkle)

  • pantoprazole (Protonix)

  • esomeprazole (Nexium, Nexium IV, Nexium 24 HR)

  • esomeprazole magnesium/naproxen (Vimovo)

  • omeprazole/sodium bicarbonate (Zegerid, Zegerid OTC)

  • Alka-Seltzer

  • Milk of Magnesia

  • Alternagel, Amphojel

  • Gaviscon, Gelusil, Maalox, Mylanta, Rolaids

  • Pepto-Bismol

  • Tums

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