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Almonds Eliminate Need for Nexium

Q. I am 68 and have taken antacids since I was 16. When the prescription drugs came out, I was delighted. I have taken everything from Tagamet to Nexium, which I have been on for the last four years.

After reading about people having success with almonds, I tried it. I'm astounded at how effective this is. On my first try, I went for eight days without Nexium just by eating two or three almonds before meals. Now I need Nexium only after a spicy meal.

A. We don't know why this seems to work, but we have heard from many readers that eating a few almonds right after a meal can ward off heartburn. Thanks for letting us know that the almonds may be eaten before the meal as well.

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