50% of the world’s population have the helicobacter pylori living in their stomach or digestive system, in most cases without knowing. In many cases this strain of bacteria is harmless, possibly even beneficial, but for 1 in 9 it can cause severe problems.
The helicobacter pylori or H. pylori is one of the bacteria that live in your mouth and cause gingivitis. This bacterium is transmitted by kissing. Everyone have this bacterium in his or her mouth and stomach. You mostly likely got this when you were a youngster and were kissed by your parents and all kinds of relatives.
When these bacteria enter your stomach and small intestine, they wait for an opportunity to multiple. When you eat junk food, overeat, mix foods incorrectly or have continual stress, excess stomach acid is created. This weakens the stomach lining and gives H. pylori a chance to embed into these weak areas and multiple. In other words, it becomes responsible for the majority of stomach ulcers that medical practitioners come across.
Doctors treat this bacterium with a week-long course of two different antibiotics and a proton pump inhibitor. But these antibiotics can cause severe side effects so it’s better to try treating it naturally before thinking of getting antibiotics.
Mastic gum – The University of Nottingham in the UK has carried out clinical trials on mastic gum, which has been shown to kill the H. Pylori bacteria. Being a raisin, the mastic gum comes from the sap of the mastic tree in the Mediterranean.
Manuka honey – obtained from the native New Zeeland Manuka bush, a type of tea tree, it possesses an extraordinary antibacterial quality that is particularly effective in killing H. Pylori without interfering with the beneficial bacteria present in our body. Patients should take as much honey as needed to ease the discomfort or burning sensation. Usually, 1 teaspoon with 30 minutes before meals is enough.
Raspberries have one of the highest concentrations of ellagic acid, a powerful disease-fighting substance. This phytochemical can be found in blueberries, strawberries and certain nuts and has been shown to be antiviral, anticarcinogenic, antimutagen and antibacterial. Ellagic acid destroys the H. Pylori and it is preserved no matter how raspberries are cooked or frozen and is an effective natural combatant of the bacteria.
Broccoli – a Japanese study in April of 2009 found that broccoli is an effective natural remedy of the H. pylori bacteria. It was found that sulforphane in broccoli sprouts reduces the colonies of H. pylori bacteria. Sulforphanes, similar to ellagic acid, have antimicrobial, anticancer and antidiabetic properties.
Cinnamon – a 1998 Israeli study found that extracts of cinnamon helped the stomach in its fight against H. Pylori. In the study, cinnamon extracts inhibited urease enzymes from catalyzing reactions in H. Pylori cells. The cinnamon was found to work as well as a common antibiotic.