All seven ingredients in this stomach soother, explained (yep, even sodium polyphosphate)
We’re often told that you should never eat anything (or put anything on your body) if you don’t recognize everything on the ingredients list. But since most of us have no idea what xanthan gum or potassium benzoate are — or more importantly, what they’re doing to our bodies — we’re decoding the ingredients in the many things Americans put in (and on) themselves with the help of an expert.
- Calcium Carbonate: “Calcium carbonate is a mineral compound found in limestone, egg shells, pearls and many other natural sources,” explains Dagan Xavier, ingredient expert and co-founder of Label Insight. “It’s the active ingredient in some over-the-counter antacid medications and functions by neutralizing gastric hydrochloric acid and by inhibiting the key digestive enzyme pepsin.” In simpler terms, it prevents stomach acid from irritating the lining of your stomach.
For best results, taking calcium carbonate before a greasy meal provides relief for about a half-hour. You can also take calcium carbonate after eating for longer-lasting relief (between one and two hours).
People who are already taking calcium supplements should avoid this ingredient, since too much calcium can result in a calcium overdose. Symptoms of such an overdose include kidney stones, fatigue, muscle weakness, nausea and vomiting, frequent urination, changes in heart rate, confusion, constipation or diarrhea, headaches and coma.
You’ve been warned.