the science of alginate therapy


Nature's Answer to Reflux

Alginate therapy harnesses the natural healing ability of kelp. Alginate is an all-natural polymer harvested from brown seaweed (kelp). Alginates have been used safely in the food industry for over 100 years. Alginates are a main ingredient in natural food thickeners and jellies. Alginates have NO known side effects.


In clinical studies, alginates alone have been proven effective in treating reflux. Further studies have shown that adding PPIs (proton pump inhibiting drugs) to alginate therapy does not improve the treatment of reflux. In fact, there are studies that show alginate therapy alone is equal to PPIs in treating reflux – but without all of the potentially dangerous side effects of PPI drugs.

How Does Alginate Therapy Work?

The Esophageal Cork


Unlike other treatment options, in addition to relieving the pain of reflux, alginate therapy actually stops reflux from happening.


Once taken, the alginate forms a protective coating in your throat, esophagus, and stomach that can help relieve or even prevent manifestations of reflux (both GERD and LPR).


When the alginate reaches your stomach, it forms a protective gel “raft” that floats on the top of your stomach contents. This raft effectively blocks off (or “corks”) the esophagus, physically blocking the reflux of your stomach contents into your esophagus.

Reflux Gourmet forms the Esophageal Cork in simulated gastric fluid.

When Do I Take Reflux Gourmet?

Alginate therapy works best when taken after meals and before bed to help seal the stomach from the esophagus and reduce the risk of stomach contents refluxing into the esophagus.


The alginate gel “raft” will last for a few hours, giving your stomach time (under normal circumstances) to clear the food after meals. The alginate raft will then dissolve and digest.

Why Is Reflux Gourmet The Best?

Now you know how alginate therapy naturally supports esophageal health and limits, or can even prevent, reflux safely (without the potentially dangerous side effects of PPI drugs) –

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Alginate and Weight Loss

Alginate therapy is also an effective tool to help promote healthy weight loss and appetite control. The seaweed-derived fiber can help relieve hunger pains and can enhance feelings of satiety (being full). The consumption of alginate before meals has been shown to reduce mealtime caloric intake.  Although Reflux Gourmet is best taken after meals to prevent the experience of reflux, it can also be taken before and between meals to reduce hunger pains and help suppress your appetite.


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