A study published in Germany has found that over-the counter and prescription acid suppressors– Prilosec, Protonix, Prevacid and other proton pump inhibitors–block the beneficial effects of Metformin, the “first line treatment” and only truly safe diabetes and prediabetes drug, taken worldwide by millions.
These acid blockers also have been shown to inhibit Vitamin B12, protein, zinc and iron absorption, which requires an acid environment in the stomach. PPIs contribute to development of dementia, malnutrition, skin breakdown, and anemia. Zinc is used in almost every enzyme reaction in the body, and has been called the most critical mineral in our diet.
Regular use of acid blockers is seldom needed. They DO NOT offer fast relief, taking 4-6 hours before they have any noticeable effect. Research has shown that a glass of water offers the quickest relief. Gaviscon, which forms a foam buffer on to of stomach acid to prevent reflux irritation, offers the best longer term relief.
Our advice: DO NOT regularly use PPIs, whether recommended by poorly informed health care professionals or not. The SCIENCE is very clear, there is no “jury” that is out. Although these chemicals have short term uses, such as when receiving antibiotic treatment for the ulcer-causing H.Pylori bacteria, they are harmful. If you suffer acid reflux, take a walk after eating (the usual practice prior to invention of these harmful chemicals), do not lie down within 1-2 hours of a meal, avoid foods that you know cause problems, and if problems persist, take Gaviscon.
See the study at PLoS ONE 6(7): e22163. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.002216