Overview

Bismuth (Bi) is a chemical element with the atomic number 83. Supplements containing bismuth usually contain bismuth as a salt.

Bismuth salts are most commonly used for travelers' diarrhea, a digestive tract infection that can lead to ulcers (Helicobacter pylori or H. pylori), and stomach ulcers. It is also used for many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these other uses.

In manufacturing, bismuth salts are also added to cosmetics, batteries, paints, and pigment plastics.

Bismuth supplements often contain bismuth as bismuth subsalicylate, bismuth subcitrate, bismuth subgallate, and other salt forms. See separate listing for bismuth nitrate.

How does it work ?

Bismuth salts seem to help eliminate bacteria that cause stomach problems such as diarrhea and stomach ulcers. Bismuth salts also work like an antacid to treat problems such as indigestion. Bismuth also might speed up blood clotting.

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