The best 17 natural treatments for Helicobacter pylori

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Helicobacter pylori foods to eat

pylori is a shortcut for Helicobacter pylori. It is bacteria which infect the lining of the stomach. There are some studies in which are shown that H. pylori are responsible for 80% of gastric ulcers and 90% of the duodenal ulcers [1]. Also, H. pylori can cause other stomach problems, such as unexplained weight loss; frequent burping; loss of appetite; nausea; bloating; burning pain in the abdomen. The H. pylori can last for years without causing symptoms but the longer affected person lives with this infection, the more damage it can do to the gut lining.

It is not known the exact cause for Helicobacter pylori. It can be passed from one person to another through direct contact with saliva, vomit or fecal matter. Also, this bacterium can be spread through contaminated water or food. There are some factors which can increase your risk of getting H. pylori infection, such as living with someone who has H. pylori infection, living in crowded conditions; living in a developing country; living without a reliable supply of clean water.

If the Helicobacter pylori is left untreated, then it can cause complications, such as stomach cancer; inflammation of the stomach lining and ulcers. If you have H. pylori infection, then you should talk with your doctor before you start using some of the below mentioned home remedies. Here are some home remedies for Helicobacter pylori infection:

Probiotics treat Helicobacter pylori

We know that probiotics are live microorganisms which offer health benefits to people. There are some studies in which are shown that probiotics can be used as home remedy for H. pylori infection. There are many different types of probiotics. Many people use the Bifidobacterium which is found in fermented and dairy products to prevent the gastrointestinal infection. There are some studies in which are shown that Bifidobacterium is effective against Helicobacter pylori by competing with the bacteria to stick the mucous lining of the stomach. [2]

Green tea help in Helicobacter pylori

This is one of the healthiest and most widely used benerages. It has many nutrients and antioxidants. There was one animal study in which was shown that the green tea can decrease the number of bacteria and the inflammation score of the Helicobacter pylori – infected mice [3]. Also, in studies, it was said that mice which received green tea before infection have achieved better results.

Black seed oil

This is a very effective home remedy for many different diseases. This oil is made from the seeds of black cumin plant (the scientific name of this plant is Nigella sativa). It is very effective home remedy for Helicobacter pylori because it is effective against drug – resistant bacteria. Also, this home remedy is beneficial for the treatment of cancer, liver health and diabetes. Talk with your doctor about the recommended amount of this home remedy and the best to consume it. [4]

Licorice

This natural cure is used in the traditional Chinese, Indian and Kampo medicine. There are some studies done on people and animals in which are shown that licorice can be used as a home remedy for Helicobacter pylori but a lot more studies need to be done in future. This home remedy works by preventing the bacteria from attaching to the stomach and this works best in the early stages of Helicobacter pylori infection. It has been shown that one component in the licorice can increase the blood pressure. This is a reason why you should consult with your doctor if you should use licorice as your home remedy for Helicobacter pylori infection. [5]

Broccoli sprout

Broccoli sprout has a compound called sulforaphane which can kill the H. pylori. There are some studies done in both animals and people in which are shown that sulforaphane has positive effects against Helicobacter pylori bacteria.

Cinnamon

This home remedy is effective in lowering H. pylori counts in lab dishes but there are not proven evidence in the human study so you need to talk with your doctor if you can use cinnamon as your home remedy for Helicobacter pylori infection. [6]

NAC

N – acetyl Cysteine is known as a biofilm disrupter. This home remedy targets Helicobacter pylori but also it destroys the biofilm in which bacteria resides. Usually, it is recommended 600 mg of NAC, 2 – 3 times per day but talk with your doctor for the recommended dosage for you. [7]

What you should avoid

If you suffer from Helicobacter pylori infection and you have symptoms of this infection, then you should avoid certain products, such as starchy foods; dairy that has not been cultured; gluten and sugar.

Aloe Vera

This home remedy is used for the natural treatment of many different diseases, such as wound – healing; digestive health; detoxification and constipation. There was one study in which was shown that the gel from the inside the leaves of an Aloe Vera plant is effective for inhibiting the growth of and killing Helicobacter pylori strains, even those who were drug – resistant in a laboratory environment. This suggests that the Aloe Vera can be effective home remedy against Helicobacter pylori infection when it is used in a combination with antibiotics. [8]

Honey

We know that honey has antibacterial properties and this is a reason why it has been used as home remedy since ancient times. In one study was shown that Manuka honey can suppress the growth of H. pylori in gastric epithelial cells [9]. Also, there are studies in which are shown that honey has other anti – H. pylori properties but there should be done a lot more studies in future to approve that honey can be used as a home remedy for H. pylori.

Helicobacter pylori natural treatment honey

Lemongrass oil

You should remember that you should not ingest lemongrass essential oil. You can inhale it and use it as a part of your aromatherapy. There are some studies done on people and animals in which are shown that this essential oil can inhibit the growth of H. pylori [10]. There was one study done on mice in which was shown that the density of H. pylori colonization in the stomach was significantly reduced compared to mice that were not treated with this home remedy.

Olive oil

This home remedy can be used in the natural treatment of H. pylori infection. There was one 2007 study in which is shown that olive oil has antibacterial abilities against H. pylori strains [11]. It has been shown that three of those strains are antibiotic resistant. This home remedy stays stable in gastric acid.

Garlic

This home remedy has chemicals with strong antibacterial properties. There are some lab studies in which are shown that garlic can reduce the H. pylori activity. There was another study in which more than 8,000 people ate raw garlic and it was shown that they have less chances of being infected with H. pylori [12].

Milk

Both human and cow’s milk have a glycoprotein called lactoferrin which has shown inhibitory activity against H. pylori. There was one study in which was used a combination of antibiotics and lactoferrin from cow’s milk and it was shown 100% eradication rate of H. pylori in 150 affected people [13]. Also, milk a compound called melanoidin which can inhibit the growth of H. pylori bacteria. This component is formed by a chemical reaction between the sugar lactose and a protein called casein in milk and dairy products. There are some studies in which are shown that melanoidin can suppress the H. pylori colonization in both mice and people.

Cranberry juice

There are some studies in which are shown that the cranberry juice can prevent or inhibit the bacteria from attaching themselves to the stomach. In one study is recommended 250 mL of cranberry juice on daily basis. In this study was shown 14% success rate after 90 days so it is recommended to use other home remedies as well. You should talk with your doctor about the cranberry juice to avoid side effects with other natural remedies.

Korean red ginseng

There are some studies done on lab animals in which are shown that the Korean red ginseng has anti – H. pylori activity [14]. You should know that the Korean red ginseng is different from the American ginseng and it has many different uses. Talk with your doctor about the best way of consumption of this natural cure so in this way you can be safe from side effects.

Curcumin

This component is found in turmeric and it has been shown that it can be used as a home remedy for H. pylori. There are some human studies in which people have said that they got a relief from the indigestion [15]. Turmeric is a good spice which you can add in your diet but there are not enough evidences to support that it can be used as a home remedy for Helicobacter pylori so talk with your doctor about the possibility of using it as your home remedy.

References:

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[8] Cellini L, Di Bartolomeo S, Di Campli E, et al. In vitro activity of A loe vera inner gel against H elicobacter pylori strains. Letters in Applied Microbiology. 2014;59(1):43-8.

[9] Abdel-Latif MMM, Abouzied MM. Molecular mechanisms of natural honey against H. pylori infection via suppression of NF-κB and AP-1 activation in gastric epithelial cells. Archives of Medical Research. 2016;47(5):340-8.

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