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Studies Show Health Benefits of Taking B-12 with Antacids

Posted on December 18 2013

Are you one of the millions of people in the United States who take antacids? If so, new research suggests that you might want to consider adding a B-12 vitamin to your daily regimen. A new study recently published in JAMA found that there is a correlation between a two year use of antacids and a vitamin B-12 deficiency. Antacids offer relief by inhibiting the formation of gastric acids in the stomach. However, this action may also inhibit the formation of proteins that help the body absorb vitamin B-12. This suggests that are benefits to be gained from taking a vitamin B-12 supplement if you regularly use antacids. Antacids, such as popular brands like Tums and Prilosec, are available in both over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription forms and are said to be one of the most widely taken pharmaceutical drugs in the United States. Coupling these medications for acid reflux or heart burn with a B-12 supplement can help ensure that you’re getting the relief your body needs while ensuring optimal health.   Sources: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270007.php http://www.sfgate.com/health/article/Antacid-drugs-linked-to-vitamin-B-12-deficiency-5052769.php

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