IRVINGTON, N.Y., Feb. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The benefits of zinc are most often associated with skincare, including its use in sunscreen and diaper rash creams, as well as cold prevention products. However, this super nutrient packs an even bigger punch: Not only is zinc believed to play a role in benefiting cognition, maintaining mood, strong bones and growth, a zinc salt formulation has been shown by researchers at the Yale University School of Medicine to offer occasional heartburn sufferers fast acting, long-lasting relief that also supports the stomach lining1.This accidental discovery led to the creation of new TummyZen® Total Heartburn Relief™, the first and only product for occasional heartburn to use zinc.
More than 60 million American adults suffer from occasional heartburn2 at least once a month, and TummyZen with zinc is the latest advancement for occasional heartburn relief. According to John Geibel, DSc, MD, AGAF, Vice Chairman, Professor of Surgery (Gastrointestinal) and Cellular and Molecular Physiology at the Yale University School of Medicine and the lead co-author of the zinc salt research, "Sixty percent of heartburn sufferers are not satisfied with their current therapy, and the patented zinc salt formula in TummyZen addresses their three main concerns: Its fast-acting calcium carbonate with an acid-inhibiting zinc salt starts working almost immediately to neutralize excess acid, keeps working for hours and also supports the stomach lining, which is very unique." Dr. Geibel adds that his team's research with zinc salts was originally looking at zinc depletion in patients receiving PPI therapy, but accidentally showed that the zinc turned out to be a key ingredient that reduced the parietal cell membrane secretion of an essential ingredient of digestive acid -- chloride ions. "The unique zinc salt formulation inhibits the acid secretion in a different way -- it keeps chloride from getting out of the cell, and at the same time, helps support the stomach lining by regulating acidity and not depleting zinc levels," he explains.
The advanced formula with zinc that's in TummyZen provides occasional heartburn sufferers three key benefits that no other heartburn product can offer in one product: (1) fast acting relief, (2) relief that lasts for hours, and (3) support for the stomach lining – all without the same side effects associated with other heartburn products. "This zinc salt formulation is the latest advancement in occasional heartburn relief3," adds Dr. Geibel.
"Zinc is known as an 'essential trace element' because very small amounts of zinc are necessary for human health," he adds, "with many different uses ranging from immune support, to ADHD, eye health, diabetes and more. Now we can add one more use for zinc in the form of zinc salts: To stop the secretion of chloride ions in parietal cells, regulating the release of acid into the stomach."
An occasional bout of heartburn is annoying and uncomfortable, but isn't anything to worry about. However, Dr. Geibel advises that frequent heartburn accompanied with pain should be evaluated by a health care professional.
TummyZen is exclusively available now at most Target stores nationwide and Target.com in a 30-count package with a suggested retail price of $6.99 - $7.99. A 50-count package for $9.99 - $10.99 will follow this spring at additional retailers.
About Eli Consumer Healthcare:
Through a licensing venture with Yale University, Irvington, NY-based Eli Consumer Healthcare has the exclusive OTC rights to the patented technology in the TummyZen® brand of Total Heartburn Relief™. The company was developed to commercialize cutting edge academic research in the healthcare space. Its daily operations are managed by an executive team comprised of industry veterans, including chairman Peter Mann (former Prestige Brands founder), as well as entrepreneurs, including president and CEO Hasan A. Ansari, MBA.
1 Am J Gastroenterol. 2011 Jan; 106(1):62-70. doi: 10.1038/ajg.2010.327. Epub 2010 Aug 24. Zinc salts provide a novel, prolonged and rapid inhibition of gastric acid secretion. Kirchhoff P1, Socrates T, Sidani S, Duffy A, Breidthardt T, Grob C, Viehl CT, Beglinger C, Oertli D, Geibel JP
3 These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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