Is Bone Broth Good for Acid Reflux? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Bone broth is good for acid reflux. Because it has collagen, glycine, and glutamine, and they can help heal and protect your esophageal lining, reduce inflammation, and improve digestion.

Acid reflux is a condition that affects your esophagus, the tube connecting your mouth and stomach.

In acid reflux, your body produces too much stomach acid or the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), a muscle that prevents acid from flowing back into your esophagus, does not work properly.

This can cause stomach acid to move up into your esophagus, irritating its lining and causing symptoms such as heartburn, regurgitation, and chest pain.

This can lead to various health problems, such as esophagitis, Barrett’s esophagus, strictures, and esophageal cancer.

One of the key factors in managing acid reflux is diet.

What you consume can affect your esophageal pH, which can impact your acid reflux symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage acid reflux, you should consume alkaline-rich foods like vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds, and avoid acidic-rich foods like citrus, tomatoes, chocolate, mint, garlic, onions, spicy or fatty foods, alcohol, and coffee.

Now, bone broth is a type of soup made by simmering animal bones and connective tissues for a long time, usually with herbs and spices.

People usually drink bone broth as a warm beverage or use it as a base for soups, stews, and sauces.

Bone broth is good for acid reflux because it contains collagen, glycine, and glutamine.

These are beneficial ingredients that can help heal and protect your esophageal lining, reduce inflammation, and improve digestion.

One cup of bone broth can give you about 6 grams of protein, 0.2 grams of fat, and 28 calories.

It can also provide you with some minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium.

Collagen can help repair the damaged tissue in your esophagus and strengthen the LES, preventing acid reflux.

Glycine can help regulate the production of stomach acid and bile, balancing your esophageal pH.

Glutamine can help boost your immune system and prevent infections and ulcers in your esophagus.

Furthermore, bone broth is a liquid and liquids are good for acid reflux.

Because they can dilute the stomach acid and flush it out of the esophagus, easing the symptoms.

You can drink one to two cups of bone broth per day safely.

More than that can cause bloating, diarrhea, or constipation, due to the high protein content.

Also, you shouldn’t drink bone broth if you have a histamine intolerance or a food allergy to the animal source, to prevent allergic reactions.

Because bone broth can contain high levels of histamine, a compound that can trigger inflammation and allergic symptoms.

You can buy fresh bone broth in your local market or can order it from online.

Always choose organic, grass-fed, or pasture-raised animal bones, and avoid added salt, sugar, or artificial flavors.

Because these can improve the quality and nutritional value of your bone broth.

You can store them in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management, and essential medical care is key to managing acid reflux effectively.

I always recommend my acid reflux patients to follow an acid reflux-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

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About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutritionist in West Bengal, India, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry.

He has done his diploma in nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc (US), and completed various certification courses from several universities. He also has considerable research experience in PCOS.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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