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Papaya Extract

Posted on 2006.06.15 at 12:28
I'm not one for hebal remedies...I see the value of them, but quite honestly, I'm just too darn lazy to really look them up or to know what works for what and why. Add in the fact that herbal/natural remedies are usually more expensive than their synethic counter-parts and well...ehhh...

That said, I've been won over by papaya extract. First, the backstory...

I found out earlier this week that pregnant women really shouldn't be taking Tums or Rolaids. (Who knew!?) I took them like they were candy for Nora's pregnancy because I had heartburn so strong that it would bring tears to my eyes. They didn't really "work" but they did make the heartburn a bit more bearable.

Anyway, I've reached the point in pregnancy again where heartburn is a daily visitor...especially at night. Thus, I'd broken out the Tums again with the same grumbling over how awful they taste and how they just don't work really well.

Then I read in this week's Hypnobabies materials that Tums and Rolaids are NOT reccomended during pregnancy. They contain Calcium Carbonate, not Calcium citrate. The human body can't properly break down or digest calcium carbonate. It also destroys your stomach's ability to properly process protein, which is essential in pregnancy. Turns out that if taken on a frequent basis, it can actually cause kidney stones and metabolic imbalances because of the protein issue. Tums and Rolaids also have aluminum in them, which pregnant women (well, everyone really) are supposed to stay away from.

So.... Tums are out.

I went searching for alternatives and had read that papaya juice worked really well. I don't like papaya juice. Then I found "papaya extract." These are chewable tablets about the size of a tylenol that taste like a very bland smartie. (In other words, no horrible chalky taste.) They are digestive enzymes and are a natural way to fight heartburn without messing up your stomach's ability to digest.

Turns out, they're also CHEAP. $3 for a bottle of 90.

I've been taking them for three days and they are amazing. They work faster, last longer and taste way better than Tums. Can't believe I didn't know about these sooner.


denl42 at 2006-06-15 18:09 (UTC) (Link)


The Giant Eagle-brand mixed berry flavor "Tums" taste like sweet, sweet candy. I pray for heartburn so I can eat them.
thejenn1 at 2006-06-15 18:13 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Mmmm

Crack-smoker. I have tried Kroger, Giant Eagle, Meijer and WalGreens versions of mixed berry. They all taste like chalk and make me want to yak.

You should try one of these papaya enzymes this weekend. You'd like them.

Oh, and this...

"I pray for heartburn so I can eat them."

Would earn you a dirty look from pregnant women everywhere. :-P
denl42 at 2006-06-15 18:23 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Mmmm

Actually, to be honest, I've never had heartburn. I used to take Tums for upset stomach until I realized they weren't doing anything.

I guess my tendency to get headaches all the time makes up for my lack of heartburn.
judybright at 2006-06-15 18:22 (UTC) (Link)
Heartburn is usually caused by food rotting in your stomach and producing organic acids that you regurgitate into your esophagus. Typical antacids that act by neutralizing that acid make the probem worse; the foods usually rot becuse there was a lack of acid and digestive enzyme in your stomach to begin with.

Think about that the next time you take Tums for heartburn.
thejenn1 at 2006-06-15 18:34 (UTC) (Link)
"Heartburn is usually caused by food rotting in your stomach"

Thanks for that visual, it will really help with the nausea...
soy_jeff at 2006-06-15 20:26 (UTC) (Link)

Mountain Dew

must be a wonder-drug. I never really have had heartburn, either, and I'm going to attribute it to all the Dew I drink.

Not drinking Dew, however, gives me horrible headaches, so which is worse?

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