Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI

Having an apple every day keeps the doctor away. We have been learning about it for a long time. However, does apple or apple juice contain the qualities for curing acid reflux? Acid reflux is a symptom where the acid produced by the stomach reverts to the esophagus, which is the food pipe. The esophagus connects the lower part of the intestine where the digestive process begins. After consumption of the food, the esophagus closes, and acids get released in the stomach to digest the food. If the esophagus is partly open or completely open, it can cause acid reflux.

The common reason behind the occurrence of acid reflux is a hiatal hernia. It is a stomach abnormality and is curable. However, curability of the ailment varies according to the pain, the period of symptoms experienced by the patient, and the response to a particular medicine. The abnormality is due to a muscle that separates the stomach from the chest causing the esophagus to move about the diaphragm. The presence of the membrane ensures that the acid does not travel back into the food pipe during digestion.

Is Apple Juice Good For Acid Reflux?

Is Apple Juice Good For Acid Reflux?

Apples are rich sources of potassium, calcium, and magnesium. Many people have reported that consuming apple juice kept the acid reflux at bay. Although there is no scientific evidence to support these claims, acknowledging the fact that there is a decrease in the severity of the condition, there is a possibility for considering apple juice for curing acid reflux.

Apples contain pectin, which is resourceful in reducing cardiovascular diseases. It is also rich in antioxidants that help in reducing the cause of cancer. Although apple juice is safe to consume, certain types of it can trigger symptoms of acid reflux such as the Green Apple. Green Apple is acidic and increases acid reflux symptoms. Therefore, it is preferable to use red apples over the greens to keep the acid reflex at bay.

As many apples do contain pesticide residue on the skins, opting for organic apples is the best solution. The residue may also be present on the natural product. However, the lower level of it does not cause any side effect. It is highly recommendable to choose fresh organic fruits and prepare juices from it rather than processed products. A freshly made apple juice contains high sources of antioxidants and fiber content, which reduces blood sugars apart from providing several benefits.

If you believe apple juices are helpful in reducing acid reflux, you can give them a try. Continue to keep a watch over the symptoms for ensuring the effectiveness of the apple juice. Even if it fails, consuming an apple every day contributes to a good overall health.

What are the Symptoms of Acid Reflux?

If you are suffering from acid reflux, the common symptoms that you notice are heartburn and regurgitation. Heartburn is a pain caused due to the acid is moving away from the stomach to the chest region or even to the throat. Regurgitation is a process where a bitter tasting of the acid comes to your mouth or till the throat. Other symptoms include bloating, burping, hiccups, nausea, and dry cough.

Diagnosing Acid Reflux

If you notice the symptoms as explained above, then it is time for you to visit a doctor to clarify about the presence of acid reflux. Even after making changes to your lifestyle and food habits, when there is no change in the difficulty of the condition, you may have to undergo further tests such as Barium Swallow, Esophageal Manometry, pH Monitoring, Endoscopy, and biopsy.

Pramod Kerkar

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, MD,FFARCSI

Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: April 4, 2018

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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