The Magic Bullet Treatment for GERD – D-limonene!

The Magic Bullet Treatment for GERD – D-limonene!

If there were one magic bullet, that could treat most cases of GERD it would be the supplement D-limonene. A scientist, Joe S. Wilkins from Texas suffered from GERD for years and searched for alternative treatments. He was working with orange oil at the time and noticed how D-limonene, a component of the oil acted as a cell rejuvenator. 1 D-limonene is an extract from orange peel, which has extremely low toxicity to humans, 2 and is GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) 3 as a food additive and supplement. Research has also shown that D-limonene might also have anti-cancer properties. 4 5 6 7 The daily intake of just one 1000 mg capsule of D-limonene every other day for twenty days has been shown to reduce or eliminate GERD symptoms in most people for six months or longer. 8

D-limonene is lighter than water, 9 so it floats to the surface of gastric juices in the stomach. When someone has reflux, the D-limonene coats the esophagus, protects the esophagus from acid and gastrin, and helps heal erosion. 10 D-limonene also increases gastric emptying and helps improve the flow of bile. 11

Joe S. Wilkins, the Houston-area scientist who developed this natural approach to heartburn relief, believes that the minor burping that occurs with D-limonene causes this orange peel extract to be directly carried into the esophagus. 12 By coating the esophagus, D-limonene may protect the esophagus against caustic contents that would have otherwise been regurgitated from the stomach. D-limonene may promote quicker gastric emptying of food and gastric juices out of the stomach so that these esophageal irritants do not promote as much reflux. 13 Finally, D-limonene might inhibit H. pylori. D-limonene might also help the stomach produce extra mucus and promote the healing of ulcers as well. 14

I recommend that you either use the Jarrow Formulas D-Limonene, Enzymatic Therapy D-Limonene. In addition, be sure to follow the supplement instructions as well.

  1. does D-limonene help loose esphogus sphincters? I am desperate. many thanks help please

  2. Hi,

    Thank you for all the useful information on your site.

    D-Limonene…wouldn’t that be considered citrus that GERD and LRP sufferers are supposed to avoid?

    Any clarification is helpful!

    • No, D-limonene is a component of citrus, it is not the citric acid which does the most damage to an inflammed esophagus. D-limonene in studies have been shown to be protective of esophageal tissue.

  3. I have been taking d-limonene for about a year now. No bloating at all and I am a former (no longer) IBS sufferer!

  4. I decided it was time to come off the Omeprezole that I took for decades. After researching the long term effects of taking this stuff, I decided I must stop taking it. Nice how the Dr’s never tell you about the rebound effect and that you shouldn’t take this stuff long term. It has been a very difficult process. The rebound effect of more acid then you ever had before is awful. Now I take Ranitdine 2X a day and the D-Limonene usually twice a day. The D-Limonene is amazing stuff! I don’t know exactly how it works, but it does. I was desperate to find something and after a lot of web research, I found this stuff. Whew! Hopefully, the rebound effect will ease up. It’s been about 6 weeks since I stopped the Omeprezole.

  5. what about the use of d-limonene if you have an ulcer, or feel like you do?

  6. John

    How would you incorporate this with your other protocols? E.g. would you wait until H Pylori eradication?


  7. John

    How would you incorporate this with your other protocols? E.g. would you wait until H Pylori eradication?


    • You could use D-Limonene with any of the protocols, it wouldn’t hinder any of my protocols. The only reason one would’t use d-limonene is if they had any side effects with the supplement.

      • Have you noticed if it causes bloating in any of your clients initially, but goes away after using the supplement for a few days?

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