Can Your Antacid Cause Alzheimer’s Disease?

By on February 26, 2016
proton pump inhibitors can cause alzheimer's

Can your antacid really cause Alzheimer’s Disease? Recent research suggests that, indeed, proton pump inhibitors, some of the most common drugs for reducing feelings of heartburn, can cause an increase in the ‘beta amyloid’ deposits in the brain that are indicative of Alzheimer’s Disease.

This is in addition to some of the other serious Proton Pump Inhibitor Side Effects, like osteoporosis, magnesium deficiency and  heart rhythm problems; Antacid Medications can Even Ruin Your Gut.

These problems can occur even when these heartburn relieving drugs are taken for short amounts of time. All too often, though, these drugs, with names like:

  • Omeprazole
  • Lansoprazole
  • Pantoprazole
  • Esomeprazole
  • Rabeprazole

and other drugs in the same class are taken for many years, which can cause Alzheimer’s at a much higher rate than those who do not take them. Is the risk of permanent loss of memory worth it for temporary heartburn relief that can be accomplished using other means that don’t cause Alzheimer’s? Solving the underlying problem can even DECREASE the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s, rather than increasing the risk with dangerous drugs.

“Studies have shown that proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) increase the
brain burden of amyloid-beta (Aβ) and also create vitamin B12
deficiency. However, these two phenomena have deleterious
effect on cognition and Alzheimer’s disease (AD).”
Cognitive impact after short-term exposure to different
proton pump inhibitors: assessment using CANTAB software

How Antacids Cause Alzheimer’s Disease

These Acid Reflux Medications are a double whammy for your brain health. They don’t just contribute to or cause Alzheimer’s Disease in one way, but two different ways. First, they cause Alzheimer’s by leading to a deposition of a substance in the brain called amyloid beta 1  2, which is the hallmark feature of the ‘plaque’ that is present in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients.

Second, they block the absorption of Vitamin B12, which can lead to a high level of a toxic substance in the blood called Hyperhomocysteinemia, which is well-known to lead to Mental Changes from B12 Deficiency. Lack of Vitamin B12 is a huge risk factor for brain health problems, and the elderly are particularly prone to Vitamin B12 deficiency in the first place, let alone adding on a drug that reduces the absorption of Vitamin B12 and increasing the risk of damaging the brain.

The elderly are at higher risk of side effects of proton pump inhibitors that cause alzheimer's

Since these drugs are often given to the elderly, these mental changes might be just chalked up to an elderly person ‘getting older’, all the while the brain is being damaged from the pharmaceutical drug they are being given to cover up their symptoms, instead of dealing with the reason they are experiencing heartburn.

Finding a Solution vs Masking the Symptoms

There are actual reasons as to why someone might be experiencing heartburn, and proton pump inhibitors not only mask the symptoms of heartburn, but often do the opposite of what is needed. The first thing that should be done for someone experiencing heartburn is to test for and treat the H Pylori Bacteria, a common but under-appreciated cause of heartburn symptoms. Doing a painless H Pylori Stool Test before putting someone on a drug that can lead to permanent brain damage and serious nutritional deficiencies seems like it should be common sense.

If there is no H pylori infection present, then ther next solution is to Watch the Acid Reflux Video Presentation and learn what you can do eliminate the problem of acid reflux so that you don’t end up with all of the problems associated with dangerous Proton Pump Inhibitor’s. Don’t fall into the trap of taking these PPI’s; instead, solve the problem once and for all.

About Kerri Knox, RN

The author is a Registered Nurse and Functional Medicine Practitioner. With 20 years of experience in health care, she has the unique perspective of being solidly grounded in both Conventional Medicine and Alternative Medicine. She can help you to to find and repair the underlying causes of chronic illness, while empowering you to take charge of your own health. She is the owner and author of this blog and website.

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