Frequently Asked Questions

What is Prelief®?

Prelief® is a safe and effective over-the counter product that can help remove up to 95% of acid irritant from foods and beverages. Prelief® helps prevent the discomfort of food-caused bladder irritation, occasional heartburn and other food acid problems before they happen*. In addition, each Prelief® caplet deliver about 6.4% of your calcium RDI.

What to use Prelief for

Removing up to 95% of acid from trigger foods which may result in bladder discomfort, frequent urination, indigestion, and occasional heartburn..

Acidic food list

Below is a representative list of acidic foods, in alphabetical order. Two caplets of Prelief® can reduce the acid enough for you to remain comfortable after eating acidic foods. However, depending on your sensitivity to the food, use more or less Prelief® as needed. Experiment with the number of caplets that do the job for you. If you don’t see the food you are looking for, pick the one closest to it.

Almost all fruit juices
Almost all fruits
Applesauce
Apricots – Dried
Artichoke Hearts
Aspirin
Balsamic Vinaigrette
BBQ Sauce
Beer
Beets
Bell Peppers
Blackberries
Bleu Cheese Dressing
Bread & Butter Slices
Buttermilk – cultured 2%
Cacciatore dishes
Caesar Salad Dressing
Capers
Carbonated Beverages
Chili with Beans
Chocolate
Cocktail Sauce
Coffee

Concord Grape Preserves
Corn Relish
Cottage Cheese
Cracker (hot & spicy)
Cranberries
Cream Cheese
Creamy French Salad Dressing
Cucumbers
Fruit Cocktail
Frying Pepper
Gelatin (all fruit flavors)
Honey
Honey Dijon Salad Dressing
Horseradish
Hot Cherry Peppers
Hot Sauce, Louisiana
Ibuprofen
Italian Salad Dressing
Jalepenos
Ketchup
Lemonade
Lemony Dill Dressing

Light Beer
Lime Juice
Mango Chutney
Mashed Potatoes
Mint Jelly
Molasses
Mustard
Nacho Tortilla Chips (spicy)
Olives
Onions
Peeled Tomatoes
Pesto & Tomato Sauce
Picante
Pizza Sauce
Poppyseed Salad Dressing
Prunes
Raisins
Ranch Salad Dressing
Red Cabbage
Red Peppers
Red Wines
Roasted Peppers
Sauerkraut

Seltzer
Soy Sauce
Spaghetti Sauce
Sports Drinks
Steak Sauce
Stewed Tomatoes
Strawberry Preserves
Sweet & Sour Sauce
Sweet Relish
Tabasco Sauce
Tartar Sauce
Tea
Thousand Island Salad Dressing
Tomato Paste
Tomato Sauce
Tomato Soup
Tuna
Vinegar
Vodka
White Wine
Worcestershire Sauce
Yogurt

Acid Reductions - How much Prelief® to take per serving

Prelief® is designed to help reduce acids in foods. Take 2 to 3 caplets to reduce up to 95% of acid in the food or beverage.

2 Caplets 3 Caplets
6oz. Coffee 97.5% 97.5%
Tea with lemon 99% 99%
4oz. 100% Pear Juice 84% 94%
4oz. 100% Apple Juice 75% 90%
4oz. Low Acid Apple Juice 80% 94%
4oz. Orange Juice 37% 60%
4oz. Tomato Juice 37% 50%
8oz. Lemonade 50% 60%
8oz. Cola 99.8% 99.8%
8oz. Diet Cola 99.5% 99.5%
12oz. Beer 92% 95%
12oz. Light Beer 95% 97%
4oz. Chardonnay 60% 80%
(2/3 cup) Grapefruit Sections 50% 68%
(1/2 cup) Crushed Pineapple 50% 60%
2 Caplets 3 Caplets
(1/2 cup) Peeled Tomatoes with Basil 50% 68%
(2 tbsp.) Sauerkraut 80% 92%
(1/2 cup) Red Cabbage 68% 75%
(1/2 cup) Tomato Sauce 37% 60%
(6 tbsp.) Red Wine & Vinegar Dressing 95% 98%
(1/2 cup) Sweet & Sour Sauce 68% 84%
(2 tbsp.) Chunky Salsa Medium 95% 98%
(2 tbsp.) Barbeque Sauce 80% 90%
(1/4 cup) Pizza Sauce 68% 84%
(1 tbsp.) Tomato Ketchup 87% 92%
(1 tbsp.) Steak Sauce 80% 87%
4oz. Strawberry Lowfat Yogurt 68% 80%
325mg tablet Aspirin 99.9% 99.9%
200mg tablet Ibuprofen 99.7% 100%

Why is reducing the acid in food necessary?

Many people are highly sensitive to food acid. In many cases of acid discomfort, the problem lies with obvious or unsuspected food acid. Removing up to 95% of the acid irritant from food will allow most acid-vulnerable people to stay comfortable when eating those foods.

How is Prelief® different from the acid blockers?

There are several ways in which Prelief® is different from acid blockers.

  • Prelief® is drug-free.
  • Prelief® is a dietary supplement.
  • Prelief® is an acid fighter, not an acid blocker. It removes up to 95% of the acid in foods and drinks so that you acid-sensitive individuals can avoid discomfort.
  • Prelief® works on the food, not your body, so it must be taken proactively – with food.
  • Most acid blockers work by attempting to change how much acid the body produces. Prelief® does not attempt to change your body’s natural acid production. It is a fundamentally different idea.

How do you take Prelief® caplets?

Take 2 caplets with each meal, snack or beverage. 2 caplets can remove up to 95% of acid in certain foods/beverages but more can be taken if needed. See food acid chart for specifics.

Where can you purchase Prelief®?

Prelief® is available nationally at Walgreens and Rite Aid. It is also available at Wegmans. You can also ask your local pharmacy to order the product and most can have it within 24 hours

What is the Prelief® hotline?

The Prelief® hotline is a toll-free number that provides product information. If you have a specific question, you can call us at 1-800-331-0221.

Who developed Prelief®?

Prelief® was developed by AkPharma Inc., one of America’s leading developers of specialty foods and digestants such as Lactaid® and Beano®. It is now owned by DSE Healthcare Solutions LLC.

Prelief® History & Founder

AkPharma is the company that first discovered the unique uses of calcium glycerophosphate as an acid fighter. AkPharma introduced it as Prelief® over-the-counter tablets in 1996 and because of its unique properties it is now marketed as the drug free answer to the discomfort often caused by high-acid foods and beverages.

 

About the Developer of Prelief®

Alan E. Kligerman is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of AkPharma Inc.
In 1974, Mr. Kligerman started the business that evolved into Lactaid Inc. which marketed over-the-counter lactase enzyme tablets and dairy-produced, lactose-hydrolyzed milk for lactose intolerant individuals. In 1990 and 1996, Mr. Kligerman licensed, and then sold, the Lactaid brand to McNeil Consumer Products Division of Johnson & Johnson. In every year since 2001, Lactaid Milk has been the largest selling branded milk in the United States.

 

In 1990 Mr. Kligerman invented Beano®. He founded AkPharma Inc., to market this invention, the oral use of alpha galactosidase enzyme to make beans, legumes, and a wide variety of similar vegetables more digestible. He obtained U.S. and worldwide patents on these uses, and created the brand name. The Beano brand and patent rights were sold to Block Drug Company, now part of GlaxoSmithKline, in 1997.

 

Starting in 1996 and continuing through the present, AkPharma has continued developing and obtaining patents on important food-modifying methods, some of which have further flowered into promising medical possibilities.

 

AkPharma developed, patented and marketed calcium glycerophosphate, Prelief® as the only acid fighter designed to help remove acid from foods to help consumers avert bladder discomfort and occasional heartburn.

 

Mr. Kligerman has been on the Government Affairs and Public Relations Committees of the Dairy & Food Industry Supply Association. He has also been Treasurer and Board member and has served on various committees of the Calorie Control Council. He has twice appeared before the House Judiciary Subcommittee of the U.S. Congress on food industry matters and has testified before the House on behalf of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. During the Special Food and Drug Hearings in the early 1970’s he was one of the founders of the U.S. Council on Special Foods, created to defend the use of sorbitol as a food ingredient.

 

He was a member of the Advisory Council of Cornell University’s Institute of Food Science, 1990-1996. In 1995 he was appointed by President Clinton to the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development, a unit of the U.S. Agency for International Development

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