More Info: When researchers at medical centers in Sweden and Norway combined to monitor the eating and drinking habits of 1,300 acid reflux sufferers, they concluded there was absolutely no causal effect between the consumption of tea and a higher onset of the affliction. Furthermore, they found that subjects who drank coffee regularly were 30% less susceptible to acid reflux than those who did not.
Tea and Throat Cancer
In fact, the only real scientific research evidence of throat ailments and tea involves the temperature of tea and cancer of the throat, not acid reflux. A study by researchers at Tehran University found that people who drank tea immediately after it was poured, at almost scalding temperatures of 158 degrees Fahrenheit or more, were eight times more likely to develop throat cancer than those who drank tea at lukewarm or normal temperatures.
Can Tea Help Acid Reflux?
Much of the links being made these days between acid reflux and tea are of a beneficial rather than detrimental nature. Rather than causing acid reflux, there are testimonials from many sufferers who explain how they were able to overcome the debilitating ailment by drinking Chamomile herbal tea or some form of green tea.
Treating Acid Reflux
For now, the most commonly accepted ways to treat acid reflux have little do to with a kettle and bag of herbs. The most used treatments for acid reflux are: antacids such as Tums, Maalox, and Rolaids; oral suspension medications like Pepto Bismol; H2 receptor blockers, which are designed to halt the production of stomach acids; proton pump inhibitors, which aim for a similar stoppage of stomach acid production. A great deal more attention has become focused on the causes of acid reflux because of its identification as a precursor to throat cancer. Acid reflux can cause a narrowing of the esophagus, which in turn can lead in some patients to a change in the quality of the throat’s coating, also known as Barrett’s esophagus.
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