Diet Therapy of Diseases

Home remedies for stomach uclers.

Ulcers are sores that can develop in different parts of the body, maybe due to inflammation or bruises. 

Gastric ulcers, however, are sores that develop in the lining of the stomach. They are very common and can affect both young and old, men and women alike. 

Unlike popular belief, prolonged hunger is not the actual cause of gastric or stomach ulcers but an infection caused by the Helicobacter pylori bacteria which can alter the environment of your stomach.

Other common causes include stress, smoking, excess alcohol consumption and the overuse of anti-inflammatory medications, such as aspirin and ibuprofen.

This article therefore would point to some simple home remedies for ulcer pains. 

1. Cabbage Juice

This particular juice has been used decades before the advent of antibiotics for the treatment of stomach ulcers.

Cabbage juice is rich in vitamin C, an antioxidant shown to help prevent and treat H. pylori infections. These infections are the most common cause of stomach ulcers. 

To back this up, several studies have shown how effective this juice is in managing ulcer symptoms. 

In one study, 13 participants suffering from stomach and upper digestive tract ulcers were given around one quart (946 ml) of fresh cabbage juice throughout the day.

On average, these participants’ ulcers healed after 7–10 days of treatment. This is 3.5 to 6 times faster than the average healing time reported in previous studies in those who followed a conventional treatment (9Trusted Source).

2. Turmeric

Turmeric is a spice well known for its yellowish colour.

The active compound in turmeric, called curcumin has been found to have medicinal properties which includes improved blood vessel function and reduced inflammation (a major cause of several diseases).

For ulcers, turmeric can help prevent damage caused by H. pylori infections. It may also help increase mucus secretion, effectively protecting the stomach’s lining against irritants. 

Limited studies have been done in humans. One study gave 25 participants 600 mg of turmeric five times per day.

Four weeks later, ulcers had healed in 48% of participants. After twelve weeks, 76% of participants were ulcer-free.

In another, individuals who tested positive for H. pylori were given 500 mg of turmeric four times per day.

After four weeks of treatment, 63% of participants were ulcer-free. After eight weeks, this amount increased to 87%.

3. Probiotics

Probiotics are live microorganisms that offer an array of health effects ranging from your gut to your mind. 

Also, they have ability to fight ulcers as they displace the virus causing the ulcer, if its caused by H,pylori. They introduce new and healthy bacteria to the gut environment.

Although the way this works is still being investigated, probiotics seem to stimulate the production of mucus, which protects the stomach lining by coating it.

Probiotic-rich foods tend to also help stop acid production and also reduce gastric issues especially diarrhoea. 

Good sources include pickled vegetables, kempeh, miso, kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut and kombucha, Pap.

These foods can help manage ulcer symptoms and ease ulcer pains, they don’t have the ability to cure ulcers. So, it won’t be advisable to leave your drugs and focus on only these foods.






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A peptic ulcer is a break in the inner lining of the esophagus, stomach, or duodenum. A peptic ulcer of the stomach is called a gastric ulcer; of the duodenum, a duodenal ulcer; and of the esophagus, an esophageal ulcer. Peptic ulcers occur when the lining of these organs is corroded by the acidic digestive (peptic) juices which are secreted by the cells of the stomach. A peptic ulcer differs from an erosion because it extends deeper into the lining of the esophagus, stomach, or duodenum and excites more of an inflammatory reaction from the tissues that are eroded.

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Adjusting your diet will not cure stomach ulcers, but eating certain foods and avoiding others can help ease symptoms and may help with the healing process.
If you have peptic ulcer disease, proper treatment relies on modern medicine. But diet and stress reduction are also powerful allies.
*Fiber is extremely important in maintaining your tummy’s health, and peptic ulcers are no exception. Fresh fruit and vegetables provide tons of fiber, and they are also a great source of important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that could potentially help your body protect and maintain a healthy stomach.
*Fruits and vegetables that have flavonoids and other compounds such as coumarins, alkaloids, terpenoids, tannins and phenolic acids are thought to have medicinal or functional properties in addition to the nutrition they offer. In strawberries, substances called polyphenols seem to help heal stomach ulcers in animal studies.
Foods that are rich in flavonoids, antioxidants and other phytochemicals include:
A. Strawberries
B. Apples
C. Celery
D. Cranberries
E. Onions
F. Garlic
G. Green tea
The science is continuing to expand, as well. Lab research suggests substances in black soy beans might be useful in fighting inflammation associated with H. pylori stomach infections. And, while milk usually makes the “foods to avoid” list because it promotes stomach acidity, some types of yogurt may actually be helpful for stomach ulcers. Evidence from animal studies suggests yogurts with certain probiotic lactobacillus bacteria may help to heal gastric ulcers.
Generally, foods that are high in fat, high in acidity, or foods that tend to give you heart burn should be avoided.
Coffee: Whether caffeinated or decaffeinated, coffee is an acidic drink that may irritate the stomach lining.
Carbonated beverages: Also acidic in nature, sodas and carbonated beverages should be avoided.
Fatty foods: Foods high in saturated fats such as fatty cuts of red meat, dished made with heavy cream, or buttery pastries, tend to promote inflammation. Trans fats are even worse for you.
Tomatoes, citrus fruits, and their juices: Tomatoes and the acidity of tomato sauces can set people off. Citrus fruits, such as lemons, oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, and limes are higher in acidity than other fruits. To reduce the risk of irritation, try cutting out these acidy items.
Spicy foods: If spicy foods set you off, by all means cut them out of your diet. There is no evidence this will help heal an ulcer, but if it provides symptom relief, this is reason enough.
Chocolate, black pepper and peppermint are also frequently including on lists of offending foods, but individuals vary in how well they tolerate these and other items.
Alcohol: Alcohol stimulates acid secretion, and excessive alcohol is definitely counterproductive. Very modest alcohol consumption may not be bad for your peptic ulcer, however, so go with the advice of your doctor on this.
Smoking: According to the National Institute of Health, cigarette smoking increases the chance of getting a stomach ulcer. It also slows down the healing process and can worsen the condition.
Just because you have a stomach ulcer does not mean that you can only eat bland, boring foods. Fortunately, there are many milder, low-fat alternatives to popular foods out there.
Instead of fatty cuts of red meat:
*Poultry with the skin and fat removed
*Fish (if canned, make sure it is packed in water instead of oil)
*Tofu, beans and legumes as tolerated.
Instead of sodas or coffee:
*Most fruit juices, excluding citrus juices
*Mild teas
Instead of buttery pastries:
*Whole grain breads, tortillas, pita bread
*Desserts made with whole grains and made without trans fats
Instead of creamy condiments or spicy, acidic sauces:
*Non-fat mayonnaise
*Low fat salad dressings
*Fresh or dried herbs
*Moderate salt and pepper

Vegetable Oil Ingredient Key to Destroying Gastric Disease Bacteria:
The bacterium Helicobacter pylori is strongly associated with gastric ulcers and cancer. To combat the infection, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Jacobs School of Engineering developed LipoLLA, a therapeutic nanoparticle that contains linolenic acid, a component in vegetable oils. In mice, LipoLLA was safe and more effective against H. pylori infection than standard antibiotic treatments.
The results are published online Nov. 24 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
“Current H. pylori treatments are facing a major challenge — antibiotic resistance,” said Liangfang Zhang, PhD, professor in the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center and Department of Nanoengineering. “Our goal was to develop a nanotherapeutic that can tolerate the harsh gastric environment, kill H. pylori and avoid resistance.” Zhang and Marygorret Obonyo, PhD, assistant professor in the Moores Cancer Center and Department of Medicine, are co-senior authors of the study.
LipoLLA is a lipid (fat) particle that contains linolenic acid. When LipoLLA encounters H. pylori, it fuses with the bacterial membrane. Then the particle’s linolenic acid payload spills out, disrupting the membrane and killing the bacteria.
Zhang, Obonyo and their team labeled LipoLLA particles with fluorescent markers, fed them to mice and watched as the particles distributed themselves in the stomach lining — and stayed there. After treatment, they measured bacterial load in the stomach and markers of inflammation. Compared to standard antibiotic therapies, LipoLLA was more effective at getting rid of H. pylori. What’s more, LipoLLA was not toxic to the mice and the bacteria did not develop resistance to the therapy.
“This is the first step to verify that we can make this therapeutic nanoparticle and demonstrate that it works to reduce H. pylori colonization. We’re  now working to further enhance the particle, making it more stable and more effective,” Zhang said.
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