Components Of Alka Seltzer

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Alka Seltzer mixture mainly consists of 3 active ingredients; aspirin, citric acid and sodium bicarbonate. The functions of the following components are as follows; Aspirin acts a pain reliever and as an anti-inflammatory (which reduces swelling and inflammation). It does this by preventing the action of a substance known as cyclo-oxygenase which produces chemicals in the body. Sodium hydrogen carbonate and citric acid neutralizes and reduces stomach acid when they react with water. The excess bicarbonate however, is responsible for the buffering action of the mixture. This therefore helps in stomach upsets and relieves symptoms of heartburn. The advantages of Alka seltzer are that it is easy to ingest as it dissolves fast due to the components

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