Dr. David Brownstein,  editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter, is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

Tags: antacid | vitamin B12 | histamine

Antacids Deplete Vitamin B12

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Wednesday, 01 March 2017 04:21 PM Current | Bio | Archive

A report published in JAMA examined the association between vitamin B12 deficiency and the length of time a patient took an acid-blocking medication.

The study included proton pump inhibitors and histamine 2 receptor antagonists, both common antacid medications.

The scientists looked at results from nearly 26,000 patients diagnosed with B12 deficiency, and compared them to more than 180,000 control subjects.

They found that those who took proton pump inhibitors for two or more years had a 65 percent higher risk of B12 deficiency.

Two or more years of a histamine 2 receptor antagonist was associated with a 25 percent increased risk of B12 deficiency.

Those who took two or more acid-blocking pills per day had a 95 percent increased risk of B12 deficiency.

If you are prescribed an antacid medication, it is best to take it for the shortest time possible. If you must be on such a medication long term, consider supplementing vitamin B12 by injection.

There is no reason to take it orally, as you need sufficient stomach acid to properly digest and absorb it.
 

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