It’s amazing what a white coat and an association with an august academic institution will do for one’s confidence.
That is, confidence in a new product being able to cure, or at least help, acid reflux. Such was my feeling when I came across Tummyzen, a drug based on “natural ingredients” which, similar to proton pump inhibitors (for more information on PPI’s click here) cuts off acid production at its’ source in the stomach.
I’ve searched the web for tummyzen reviews, but there’s very little out there, so I thought I’d give it a go myself. Read on below…
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How Does Tummyzen Work?
The way Tummyzen actually works is made clearer in the following video:
The product has been developed at Yale Medical School, and has been passed by the US Food and Drug Administration as “GRAS” – Generally Regarded As Safe, so doesn’t need to go through the stringent testing procedures drugs normally have to.
Its active ingredient is zinc and It is claimed to stay effective 4 times longer than traditional antacids based on calcium carbonate.
Tummyzen Side Effects
There are no specified side effects, and according to the website it is considered safe for both adults and pediatric consumers, though if there is any doubt, users should consult there physicians.
Tummyzen’s principal ingredients are Calcium Carbonate, Zinc and Copper. A full list is in the graphic below:
It has shot to prominence due to it being awarded a $100,000 grant from the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute, which has allowed the company that makes it, Eli Nutrition, to produce a limited run. This has enabled it to put it on sale in the US (and they deliver to the UK).
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At the time of writing, it has over 100 reviews on Amazon, with an overall score of 3.9 stars out of 5. By far and away the reviews are positive, and it seems to have gone down well. A small proportion of users reported that it made no difference to their reflux.
Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m sceptical about anything which claims to, if not cure acid reflux, but significantly improve its effective management, but I’m willing to give anything a go if it’s formulated by a man in a white coat and backed by an institution like Yale..oh, and stops me popping Tums like there is no tomorrow (which I sincerely hope there is).
The key difference between Tummyzen and more popular antacids is that the zinc in Tummyzen acts to cut off the production of acid, rather than just buffering it, so the effects should last longer.
Read more about how antacids work to relieve reflux here
My Tummyzen Review
Well, my experience with Tummyzen was mixed.
The pills were a little on the large size (if that’s not contradictory!) but they were perfectly swallowable.
I took them when I had a reflux episode when I would normally take a Rennies.
I have to say that Tummyzen did not help in every case of reflux, but I think it helped to reduce the strength of the symptoms.
Tummyzen can be obtained from Amazon, here.
Have you tried Tummyzen? Share your experience below.
Disclosure: Tummyzen provided a sample to try free of charge.