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Banana Banishes Heartburn

Q. Some time ago I discovered the benefits of eating a banana when I was experiencing a reflux problem. A year or so ago I decided that a proactive approach would be better.

I now eat half a banana every night prior to going to bed. I no longer experience reflux problems, though I eat anything I want. If I experience a bit of heartburn in the middle of the night, another bite or two of banana solves the problem.

A. Thanks for the recommendation. There is very little research on this, but dried banana powder is a traditional treatment for indigestion in India.

Other readers have found foods that help them with heartburn: “I remember a column in which you referred to apples and almonds for symptoms of GERD. I have tried it, and I think it helps. I want to send the information to a friend. Can you help?”

All of this information (and lots more) can be found in our book, Favorite Foods: Mother Nature’s Medicine. It is available online at www.peoplespharmacy.com.

Another favorite for heartburn is persimmon punch: “I am using the persimmon punch with great results. Is the sugar medicinal or just for flavor? I would like to reduce the amount used if possible.” (The sugar is strictly for flavor and may be reduced to taste. The recipe is in Favorite Foods.)

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About the Author
Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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