Acid Reflux and related indigestion is a dietary outcome suffered by many individuals at some point in their lives, with some estimates suggesting 60-70% of the population suffering from reflux in any 12-month period. Acid reflux disease or GERD is a chronic digestive disease with symptoms of oesophageal burning and heartburn.
A clinical study1 of 40 participants experiencing reflux for the first time was carried out to determine how effective Kfibre is for dietary indigestion and reflux after many anecdotal reports & testimonials.
The investigation into the effects of Kfibre through a pilot randomised, placebo-controlled trial showed a significant reduction in self-reported reflux symptoms (heartburn, regurgitation, bloating/gas pressures, indigestion, gastric emptying, etc.) after 3 weeks of consumption.
“After three weeks there were significant differences in symptoms for heartburn, regurgitation, and total symptoms scores (p < 0.05) between the sugarcane flour and placebo. Mean GERD-HRQL scores increased in the placebo group for regurgitation (mean increase 1.7; 95% CI 0.23 to 3.2; p = 0.015) and total symptom scores (2.9; 95% CI 0.26 to 5.7; p = 0.033). In contrast, there were significant reductions in heartburn (mean decrease −2.2; 95% CI −4.2 to −0.14; p = 0.037) and total symptom scores (−3.7; 95% CI −7.2 to −0.11; p = 0.044) in the intervention group. This pilot study has shown significant positive effects of sugarcane flour in the reduction of GERD symptoms, and a larger randomized controlled trial is warranted.”
This study was funded by HFS using sugarcane fibre, however all – design, protocol, administration and conclusions were independently developed and published by the University of Tasmania. Research in this area is continuing based on the positive outcomes and anecdotal reports to date.
Sugarcane fibre research links:
- Anti-Heartburn Effects of Sugar Cane Flour: A Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Study
- HFS holds a relevent patent for sugarcane fibre and anti-heartburn effects.
- The patent lists several individual case studies recording the positive impacts of sugarcane prebiotic use and anti-heartburn effects.
- A follow up study is in planning to determine the extent of therapeutic capability vs general dietary “food-health” benefits.