Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a bacteria that colonizes the stomach lining. It is found in the majority of cases – over 90% of duodenal ulcer patients and 70% of gastric ulcer patients infected.
The prevalence of H. pylori infection varies from 20 to 50% in industrialized countries to over 80% in developing countries. The infection may persist lifelong without specific treatment. H. pylori leads to chronic gastritis (very painful). A certain portion of infected patients then develop more severe pathologies such as peptic ulcer (10–15%), gastric cancer (1%), and mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue lymphoma (50%).
This nasty bug is pretty much anti-biotic resistant these days due to the nuclear bomb of triple and quadruple antibiotic therapy that is thrown at it. I am presenting some clinically proven alternative treatments that have been shown to eradicate H. pylori and help increase its sensitivity to antibiotics. The following are human, animal and in vitro studies.
Cranberry Juice and Probiotics
295 children with H pylori were given 200 mL of cranberry juice and the probiotic strain lactobacillus for 21 days. This combination inhibited the bacteria by 23%.
All berries significantly inhibited H pylori and also increase sensitivity to antibiotics (clarithromycin). A 1% concentration of berries gave a >90% eradication rate. It is quite possible to get therapeutic doses of berries because the volume of the stomach is 1.0 – 1.5 mL
The strongest therapeutic berries (in order):
Elderberries, Bilberries, Blueberries, Cranberries, Dark grapes with seeds.
The weaker berries:
Subjects were assigned to eat 14 g, 28 g or 56 g of fresh broccoli sprouts 2x/day on an empty stomach for 7 days.
On day 8, 7/9 patients were negative for H pylori on stool test.
10 mg of melatonin /night significantly accelerated healing of H pylori related gastric and duodenal ulcers. There was complete healing in 21 days!
250mg 2x/day significantly accelerated healing of H pylori related gastric and duodenal ulcers. There was a complete healing in 21 days!!!
As if we need another reason to drink this amazing tea! Daily consumed concentrations of green tea prevents H pylori from being able to attach itself to the mucosal cells of the stomach walls.
In H pylori infected gerbils, green tea added to drinking water cleared infection and decreased gastritis (inflammation of the stomach).
A significant inverse relationship between green tea consumption and H pylori infection was discovered. Drink up!
So, the take away….
Take your probiotics, eat your berries, eat broccoli sprouts, drink green tea –
If you do all of these things on a daily basis, you will lessen your chance of stomach issues and H. pylori.