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Orange Peel

Orange peel is being touted as a cure for light to moderate acid reflux heartburn symptoms. Orange peel supplements have been around for sometime and have even been used in cancer research. Many people have been taking large amounts of over the counter antacids medications and are looking for an effective alternative. 90 percent of all over the counter heartburn medications have warnings and notices that they are not to be taken over a long period of time. Some research has indicated that these over the counter medications if taken for extended periods may have long-term health consequences.

The key ingredient in orange peel extract is the chemical compound d-limonene. d-Limonene (1-methyl-4-isopropenyl-1-cyclohexene) is a liquid with a lemonlike odor. It is a major constituent in several citrus oils (orange, lemon, mandarin, lime, and grapefruit) and is present in a number of other essential oils, as well. d-Limonene is included on the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) Generally Recognized as Safe List and is approved for use by the FDA as a food additive (Opdyke, 1975). d-Limonene has a boiling point of 176 C and a vapor pressure of <3 mmHg at 14 C. d-Limonene is used primarily as a flavor and fragrance ingredient.

The EPA has done some testing on mammals using d-linonene. They found that ingesting this chemical at levels less than 1000mg had few if any side affects. Most commons side effects of higher doses included birth defects, bone and skeletile probems. Apparently there are no long term studies on the effects of taking orange peel extract (d-limonene). Orange peel extract has been studied to some degree as to its effectiveness in reducing acid reflux heartburn. Researchers do not fully understand the relationship between orange peel extract and its affects on acid reflux heartburn.

It is theorized that orange peel extract acts as a surfactant thereby assisting in the peristalsis of the esophagus. It is also thought that it also moves the food in the stomach into the intestinal track more rapidly thereby reducing the amount of acid produced by the stomach. It is obvious that more research needs to be conducted before we fully understand how orange peal extract works to reduce the symptoms of acid reflux heartburn.

Orange peel extract was used in some short term studies to determine its effectiveness in reducing acid reflux heartburn symptoms. Published results of one such study indicate that taking 1000 mg of orange peel extract every other day for a period of more than 20 days did in fact reduce the symptoms of people who were suffering from mild to moderate acid reflux heartburn. It was noted that the orange peel extract used in this study contained a high concentration of the chemical d-limonene (<98.5%). The study indicates that approximately 90 percent of all of the test subjects had a significant reduction in their acid reflux symptoms after 14 days of treatment. Not only did it reduce the severity of acid reflux symptoms but also the frequency of attacks.

It goes without saying that orange peel extract will not cure severe acid reflux heartburn or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). However it may with a change in lifestyle help prevent mild to moderate heartburn suffers from developing a more serious acid reflux heartburn condition. One must remember self diagnosis of any medical condition is a recipe for disaster. It is always prudent to consult with a qualified medical professional whenever you have a chronic digestive problem. What may seem like ordinary acid reflux heartburn may be something far worse including cancer or heart disease.

James Kesel, MS. is the publisher of Acid Reflux Heartburn Cure. If you need additional information on GERD, Acid Reflux Disease, Heartburn, Heartburn Medication, Gastric Reflux or Acid Reflux Disorder visit us at