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Peppermint Oil Pills-promising Results For Me

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I am a medical librarian and although now I stay at home with my child, I still peruse medical research news weekly as well as run searches on Celiac Disease. About five months ago, I came across a study of the effect of fiber, antispasmodics, or peppermint oil as a treatment for IBS. I couldn't get the article out of my head and decided to try peppermints gels. Although I've had great success on the gluten-free diet since my diagnosis, I still had some problems such as dyspepsia and severe bloating. I started taking 2 NOW Peppermint Gels twice a day on an empty stomach two months ago. It has made a huge difference for me. I no longer am bloating at all and I finally feel normal. Maybe I'm a fluke, but there is chance I'm not and this can help other people. Here is the link to the article:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19008265

I feel like a shill here. I don't work for NOW. Sort of wish I did. ;-)

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I worked in a supplement dept. in a health food store for a lot of years and Peppermint gels are awesome. I took one one time, and burped it. The peppermint went in my nose, all up my throat so make sure you have swallowed them and they dont burst. The tea works really well too in this case. Gripe Water, its usually for colichy babies, works really well for bloating and the like! Good Suggestion northernsunshine!

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Peppermint oil actually helped me a ton too when I had IBS, but once I went completely off dairy and gluten I didn't need to take them anymore.

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It happened again! After I read this post I decided to try taking one. Its the Now brand, and I took it at 10am. At 6pm I started burping peppermint! Has this happened to anyone else?

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It happened again! After I read this post I decided to try taking one. Its the Now brand, and I took it at 10am. At 6pm I started burping peppermint! Has this happened to anyone else?

Yea unfortunately this is a very common side effect, I personally liked the minty fresh breath :lol:

Are the ones you're taking enteric coated? This can help reduce the minty burps and/or possible heartburn.

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Yea unfortunately this is a very common side effect, I personally liked the minty fresh breath :lol:

Are the ones you're taking enteric coated? This can help reduce the minty burps and/or possible heartburn.

Yes they are enteric coated. I like the minty breath too, but Its making my throat and tummy cold feeling. Did they help u right away or did u have to take them for a while? Arent they suppost to help with heartburn? Why do they cause it? Should I try again or get something else? Will they help with intestinal healing?

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Yes they are enteric coated. I like the minty breath too, but Its making my throat and tummy cold feeling. Did they help u right away or did u have to take them for a while? Arent they suppost to help with heartburn? Why do they cause it? Should I try again or get something else? Will they help with intestinal healing?

I do not really remember, I think I had to take them for a little while before I started to notice the benefits. I believe they can help with heartburn if you don't have enough stomach acid but they can also cause it if you have too much. It's a double edged sword. I always made sure to take them in between meals so I didn't get any heartburn.

I personally only found them helpful when I had IBS and bacterial overgrowth of the small intestine. I don't think they will help with intestinal healing. I believe they only help to sooth and calm the intestines. Unless you still have IBS symptoms I would recommend trying something else to actually physically help repair the intestines.

Here is what I am currently/was taking:

http://www.celiac.com/gluten-free/index.php?showtopic=57486

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I haven't had a problem with peppermint gels dissolving in my stomach or causing burping. That would definitely be a drawback, but at least you'd be minty fresh. ;-)

They actually started helping pretty quickly, probably within a few days. Before them, even with the gluten-free diet, I'd get bloated at night. Even though I run and am in good shape, every single night I looked like I gained 20 pounds. It was depressing.

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Arent they suppost to help with heartburn?

Peppermint oil can cause heartburn --> "Peppermint relaxes the gastro-esophageal sphincter, thus promoting belching." (Taken from Wikipedia)

So if you are currently suffering from acid reflux you might want to avoid peppermint oil.

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Peppermint oil can cause heartburn --> "Peppermint relaxes the gastro-esophageal sphincter, thus promoting belching." (Taken from Wikipedia)

So if you are currently suffering from acid reflux you might want to avoid peppermint oil.

I dont have acid reflux, but my stomach was bothering me that day. I was hoping the peppermint would calm it down. It did make me burp alot and gave me heartburn but only for like an hour. Maybe its just too strong for my system right now. I will stick to the tea. Thank you for the info :)

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drink peppermint tea. or better yet buy a peppermint plant for your herb garden and just chew on it or dry it to make your own tea. it will cure the burping and it makes me feel better knowing there is not chance of gluten in it

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drink peppermint tea. or better yet buy a peppermint plant for your herb garden and just chew on it or dry it to make your own tea. it will cure the burping and it makes me feel better knowing there is not chance of gluten in it

This is good advice, one word of caution about having it in the garden though. The mint family spreads readily. It can be pretty invasive. I got around this issue by planting it in a large pot, just dig a big hole, make sure the pot has drainage holes in it so that the plant doesn't drown. This also makes it so you can bring the pot inside for the winter.

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