The researchers from the Yale School of Medicine were looking into how ion transporters interact during acid secretion and discovered that zinc can stop such secretion.
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According to the study, which was published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, the zinc level in those who take PPIs often drops, which can result in neuronal damage and digestive tract problems.
"Taking zinc orally not only appears to work on its own, but may provide better, more long-lasting results when taken in conjunction with PPIs," Geibel said.
The use of PPIs has been connected to an increased risk of bone fracture.