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Orange Peel Extract Relieves Acid Reflux Symptoms

Orange peel or orange peel extract is a safe and effective treatment option that can completely relieve acid reflux symptoms.

How does orange peel extract work?

Scientists believe orange peel extract helps esophageal peristalsis, moving food through to the stomach effectively and efficiently. Food doesn’t stay in the esophagus longer than required, lessening the chances for heartburn to develop.

Orange peel extract also may work as a surfactant. A surfactant is a substance that reduces the surface tension of liquids. Orange peel extract may reduce the surface tension of the liquid contents in the stomach, decreasing the potential for the fluid to splash up into the esophagus.

How does orange peel extract cure heartburn?

Orange peel extract has been studied in several clinical trials. In many of the studies, participants were asked to rate their heartburn for severity and frequency. Using a pre-study questionnaire, heartburn severity was rated on a scale from 1-10 (1 = mild and 10 = severe), as was heartburn frequency (1 = occasional and 10 = all the time).

Participants took 1,000 mg of orange peel extract and were asked to rate their heartburn every day using a 1-to-10 scale (1 = relief and 10 = no relief). Heartburn relief ratings were taken while participants took the extract and several times after stopping

Almost 90% of participants reported resolution of heartburn symptoms two weeks (14 days) after starting orange peel extract. Almost one-third of participants experienced resolution of heartburn symptoms as early as the second day of the study. What’s more, even though participants stopped taking the orange peel extract, they reported symptom resolution on days 21, 28, and 35. That means they hadn’t experienced heartburn even two weeks after they stopped

These study participants had an average pre-study rating of their heartburn of 7.8 and a frequency rating of 7.3. After only 20 days of taking orange peel extract, almost all these heartburn sufferers experienced no more heartburn.

Occasionally, after completing the 20-day treatment period, some people may experience mild heartburn after eating foods they had previously avoided. The study scientists concluded these individuals overindulged on these “forbidden” foods. Taking a single orange peel extract capsule as needed usually solves this problem.

How much orange peel extract should I take?

I recommend what was used in the studies: 1,000 mg of orange peel extract every other day for 20 days. Look for a product standardized for a minimum of 98.5% (the highest purity) of d-limonene, a compound found in orange peel extract.

Is orange peel extract safe?

Orange peel extract is an all-natural product and its safety has been evaluated.Always follow the recommended dosages on the label for best results.

Pregnant or nursing women shouldn’t take orange peel extract. You shouldn’t take it if you have an ulcer or suspect you have an ulcer, because a burning and irritating sensation may result. Until clinical trials on all age groups have been completed, orange peel extract shouldn’t be given to children.

In fact, orange peel extract has been used in cancer studies for many years with no adverse effects.

Will an actual orange peel work?

To date all research has been conducted using orange peel extract but there is mounting anectodal evidence that chewing the peel releases the essential oils used in the extract.

Wash and peel an organic orange. [Note that non-organic oranges are NOT appropriate as even washing will not remove the chemicals absorbed by the peel.] Separate the peel from the pulp the best you can then cut into pieces about the size of a thumb nail. Keep refrigerated in a baggie. Whenever you have acid or after eating, chew a piece of the peel. Chew it really well until is mush and then swallow.

Does orange peel extract affect cancer?

Orange peel extract has pronounced cancer preventative activity. Based on several studies, researchers have determined orange peel extract inhibits the way cancer cells divide and grow. In laboratory studies, orange peel extract prevented breast, skin, liver, lung, pancreatic, colon and stomach cancers.

A clinical study examined the safety of orange peel extract in cancer patients. A group of 32 cancer patients took orange peel extract for 21 days. Ten additional breast cancer patients took orange peel extract for 15 days. No toxicities were demonstrated in any of the patients. Analysis of the patient’s blood levels revealed orange peel extract was well absorbed. The study’s authors urged further research of orange peell extract and cancer prevention.

Be Aware:

Frequent and persistent Acid reflux can signal other more serious conditions and may eventually lead to complications. You should consult a licensed health care professional if you:

  • Suffer from acid reflux symptoms even after taking orange peel extract for the full 20 days or other heartburn remedies .
  • Have severe hoarseness or wheezing.
  • Notice swallowing is painful or difficult, especially with solid foods or pills.
  • Experience vomiting for more than three days or notice weight loss that happens without dieting.
  • Find your discomfort interferes with your lifestyle or daily activities.
  • Notice your heartburn symptoms become more severe over time.

The following conditions may be associated with serious conditions other than heartburn, including heart attack. Therefore, get medical help immediately if you experience any of the following:

  • Chest pain accompanied by pain in the neck, jaw, arms or legs, shortness of breath, weakness, irregular pulse or sweating.
  • Continuous nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. • Extreme stomach discomfort.
  • Vomiting of bloody or black material.
  • Black or bloody bowel movements.


Acid reflux is a serious problem for millions of American. We spend literally billions of dollars trying to ease our burning pain. Orange peel extract offers a safe and effective option for relieving acid reflux pain and side effects.

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OrangePeel Extract Relieves Acid Reflux Symptoms

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Last modification 16/09/2010