B Vitamins Reduce Risk of Reflux Related Health Problems

By: Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist
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Reflux causes inflammatory irritation to the lining of the esophagus that may progress to significant tissue changes called Barrett’s esophagus in turn increasing the risk for esophageal cancer. A new study shows that intake of B vitamins lowers the risk for all three problems.

The study found that higher intake of folic acid reduced esophageal cancer risk by 44%, as well as reducing reflux and Barrett’s by similar amounts. Vitamin B6 was also significantly related to all three issues, whereas low B2 was linked to reflux.

B vitamins are not only needed for the energy required for digestion but also to help repair inflammation and prevent excessive tissue damage that can lead to mutation of tissues and more advanced health problems.

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