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You Have Heartburn: Eat a Banana

At least 60 million Americans struggle with heartburn on a weekly --- or even daily -- basis, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). And if you’re one of them, creamy, sweet bananas could offer powerful protection. Noshing a banana when heartburn strikes can soothe the pain within 30 minutes -- and enjoying one every day reduces flare-ups within two weeks for up to 75 percent of people surveyed, say researchers at Australia’s University of New England. Bananas coat and soothe the stomach lining, prevent acid overproduction, plus reduce the amount of stomach acid that splashes up into the esophagus, says Teresa Graedon, Ph.D., co-author of The People’s Pharmacy Quick and Handy Home Remedies.

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