Thankfully we have come a long way from the days when anyone who looked to natural cures was considered a freak. Today, more and more medical practitioners are looking to natural cures combined with pharmaceuticals to help their patients and at last, research is being carried out on many of the age old cures that our great grandmothers often used plus some new discoveries. There are a lot of positives in all that Mother Nature produces. So when it comes to getting rid of H Pylori, natural Treatments and Remedies are very much in favour.
Even if you are a little cynical it is still worth reading a little more about these natural cures before you opt for pharmaceutical antibiotic therapy alone. We all know about free choice, so it is important to have that choice and there is no better way than through information.
Before I go any further I feel it is only fair to point out, that if you should opt for natural cures you should still consult a physician as you will need to be monitored and of course you need to find out if it is really necessary for you to take any form of medication at all.
Maybe you have been reading up about the H. pylori bacteria and its possible effect on the body, and you just think that you have an infection, but it could possibly be that your symptoms come from something else entirely. So don’t assume and start taking a natural cure purely off your own bat. Although natural cures are very beneficial they too can have side effects so you need to know what you are taking and why.
So, before you embark on any form of therapy you need to confirm that you are in fact harbouring the H.pylori bacteria, and tests for this can only be carried out by your physician or gastroenterologist.
- Blood test :a painless extraction of a blood sample, tested for the presence of pylori proteins.
- Breath test : a simple procedure that tests your breath for an excess of carbon dioxide produced by the H.pylori bacteria.
- Stool test : a small sample is tested for the presence of H.pylori bacteria.
- Biopsy: A biopsy of the stomach lining tests for the presence of H.pylori bacteria.
H Pylori Natural Treatment
If results show that you are positive, meaning H.pylori bacteria are in you system, you will face the dilemma of how best to get rid of the bacteria. Do you want a) to go through an aggressive anti-biotic therapy or would you b) prefer to take some anti-biotics and supplement this medication with natural foods, or the third choice of c) opting for an entirely natural cure.
To make your choice you need to know more about H Pylori Natural Treatments. So I thought it a good idea to list each healing foods and spices and describe their benefits for you as well as giving you feedback on research findings when there is proof of reputable research. In this way you will be able to make a more informed decision.
Let’s first look at the foods that have been researched and found to be very effective in the eradication of the H.pylori bacteria.
Research and natural foods to cure H.pylori infections:
I know there are many boasts on the Internet saying things like “research shows”, or “research has found”, but the research is never quoted. So really it is only hearsay. However under each food that I list below, I have endeavoured to find actual research and to tell you about the results honestly.
What are broccoli sprouts? They are the early sproutings of the broccoli vegetable.
What do broccoli sprouts look like?
Not unlike water cress but with smaller leaves.
What do broccoli sprouts taste like?
The taste is similar to a radish.
The great thing about broccoli sprouts is that they are easy to grow at home and they grow quickly and are ready for you to start including a daily ration in your diet within a few days. You should eat these sprouts when they are about 2 to 3 days old and have plenty of small green leaves.
Broccoli sprouts are a rich source of sulforaphane (about 10 to 100 times more than in mature broccoli)
What are the benefits of sulforaphane?
Sulforaphane will certainly help with the pain you experience with any gastric disturbance as it fights inflammation, prevents cells from becoming cancer cells and most importantly, in the case of H.pylori, it helps to eradicate harmful bacteria in the digestive system.
Of course you need to eat broccoli sprouts raw as cooking will kill the enzymes in the plant that create sulforaphane. These tiny sprouts are easy to sprinkle raw over your food or eat as a complement to whatever your dish of the day is.
How much should I eat per day?
The recommended and most effective weight of broccoli sprouts to be eaten daily is about 2 to 3 ounces.
What research has been carried out on broccoli sprouts?
There have been a number of research studies on these little plants. Starting way back in 2003 a study on mice where gastric infections caused by bacteria were present, showed a great improvement. However the study suggested further research on humans.
Another study published in Digestive Diseases and Sciences also carried out in 2004 found that tested human stool samples after broccoli sprouts in an amount of 14g to 56g twice daily, resulted in 7 out of 9 patients showing no evidence of any remaining H.pylori bacteria -a 78% success rate. However the percentage of success after later testing reduced the success rate, but nevertheless proved that broccoli sprouts were a great aid in combating H.pylori bacteria.
In 2009 a research study carried out on mice and humans found that 70g of broccoli sprouts taken daily over 8 weeks showed that 8 out of 25 subjects tested negative for H.pylori infection.
So what are the benefits of Broccoli Sprouts?
Although broccoli sprouts have not been proved to totally eradicate H.pylori bacteria across the board, they have been proved to be of help in boosting the immune system and in a high percentage of sufferers there is evidence that Broccoli Sprouts can affect a 100% cure. So in getting rid of H.pylori naturally Broccoli Sprouts offer a safe and natural therapy.
Side Effects of Broccoli Sprouts
For the average person there are no real side effects except perhaps a bit of gas or the usual result of having a lot of fibre in the diet.
For those on blood thinning medication however, the vitamin K in broccoli sprouts may reduce the effectiveness of the blood thinning medication.
Black Seed (Nigella Sativa)
What are Black Seeds? Black seed are the seeds of black cumin.
What do they look like? Small oval shaped black shiny seeds, rather like onion seeds.
What do they taste like? Their taste is threefold: similar to onions, black pepper and oregano all in one.
Black Seed has been known for its healing properties by many cultures and has been used for thousands of years.
These seeds have been used as an aid to digestion, relieving inflammation and providing relief from stomach and intestinal gas and are considered to have properties that boost the immune system. These little seeds can do all of this and all because they contains an active natural substance called thymoquinone.
What are the benefits of thymoquinone?
Thymoquinone is known to fight bacterial infections, and is said to be as effective as Triple Therapy. An alternative in getting rid of H.pylori naturally.
What research has been carried out on Black Seed?
A 2010 study found that 2g per day of black seed, for 4 weeks together with omeprazole (a medication to reduce the production of stomach acid) eradicated H.pylori bacteria and was as effective as Triple Therapy, although of course the treatment took longer.
In 2016 The US National Library of Medicine published a research paper of the Avicenna Journal of Phytomedicine, which concludes that Black seed fights bacterial infections.
Although I found a much mentioned research carried out by the Munich Institute for Research on Newer Therapeutic Methods [Münchner Institut zur Erforschung neuer Therapieverfahren] I could not find any original publications. However all references to this research say that by means of modern analytic methods it confirmed the effectiveness of Black Seed as a nutritional supplement.
What are the benefits of Black Seed?
AS you can see from the research Black seed has many benefits but here we are interested in the benefits of Black Seed as a natural cure for H.pylori. So its effect on bacterial infections is most important. Black Seed has been found to completely eradicate H.pylori in a good percentage of sufferers and so it is highly thought of as a natural cure for H.pylori.
Side effects of Black Seed and Warnings
- Pregnant women – should not take Black Seed at all, at any time.
- Some people are allergic to contact with Black Seed which could cause contact dermatitis.
- Some people may simply be allergic to Black seed so if you notice any swelling of the face or lips – STOP taking Black Seed immediately.
Reactions to Black Seed taken in conjunction with other medications
- Because Black seed lowers blood pressure, if you are on medication for hypertension, the advice is to stay away from Black seed as taken together with blood pressure medication your blood pressure will fall to a dangerous level.
- If you are taking a diuretic, your blood pressure will be low, so to take Black Seed as well means that you will suffer from dangerously low blood pressure.
- Black Seed will interfere with any cancer radiation treatments or chemotherapy medications.
If you are not on any of these medications and you do not have any allergic reaction Black Seed is an excellent option in the treatment of H. pylori Naturally.
What makes Manuka honey different to everyday honey?
Well most honeys that you buy do have healing properties but the honey collected from the Manuka bush in New Zealand has been found to have extra properties derived from the source of the honey – the Manuka Bush.
Research has found Manuka honey to be extra rich in vitamins and minerals and its nutritional value is as much as 4 times higher than your usual off-the-shelf honey.
Does it look any different?
Manuka honey looks like any other honey. It is amber in colour and of the same consistency as any other honey.
Does it taste different?
According to the plant bees harvest nectar from, any honey will have traces of that flavour. So Manuka honey, if you know what Manuka tastes like, will have traces of that flavour. But really the answer is that Manuka honey tastes like honey.
The only problem with Manuka Honey is the expense. As it has such a small source and because it is more and more in demand, the cost is higher than normal honey. But the benefits of this liquid gold are enormous.
What are the benefits of Manuka Honey?
While all honey has the ability to produce hydrogen peroxide and fight bacteria Manuka honey is known as a non-hydrogen peroxide honey, but it has the very special benefit of more M.G. (methylglyoxal) than other honeys. Methylglyoxal is an element in the honey that has the same effect as an antibiotic. This ability has been called the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF).
Not all Marketed Manuka honey is good Manuka Honey so you should read the label carefully and make sure that you are buying Manuka Honey with a UMF factor 10 or more – ‘Active Manuka Honey’ is the one you should look for if you are to take this route in getting rid of H.pylori naturally.
What research has been done on Manuka Honey?
In 2005 research on the Manuka bush found it to contain a high level of methylglyoxal (M.G.). The arid conditions in which the bush survives causes the plant a great deal of stress and the stress results in the production of high levels of M.G.
In 2006 research carried out by Basil C Nzeako and Faiza Al-Namaani, concluded that Manuka Honey, as opposed to other honey types, had antibacterial properties specific to killing H.pylori bacteria.
In 2009 Professor Peter Molan (sadly now deceased) of The Honey Research Unit at Waikato University of New Zealand is quoted as saying that in his studies he found Manuka Honey to have marked anti-bacterial properties.
So when searching for ‘how to cure H.pylori naturally’, this honey has a very positive value.
Side effects of Manuka Honey
- If you are allergic to bees then you will more than likely suffer an allergic reaction to any honey, not just Manuka Honey.
- You may experience a rise in blood sugar so it would not be recommended in cases of certain types of diabetes.
- If you are on chemotherapy then taking Manuka honey is not advisable as it will interfere with your chemo treatment.
What is it? Well let me first explain the word ‘mastic’. I am sure you have heard this word used in such advice as: “you should masticate your food thoroughly,” meaning “you should chew your food thoroughly”. And that is exactly what this is – a chewable resin.
As you have no doubt guessed this is a natural gum that is chewable. It is derived from the mastic gum tree which has the Latin name (Pistacia lentiscus) – which does not mean it has anything to do with pistachio nuts. The little bush grows in parts of the Mediterranean and particularly Greece. The resin from this bush is collected and used in commercial chewing gum, but in its natural state has great healing properties.
What does mastic gum look like? Well the mastic gum as a natural therapy, comes in a powder or pill form as well as chewable wafers, so there is no need to worry about the sap/resin which looks pretty much like any other sap.
What does mastic gum taste like? If you are taking mastic gum in pill form there is no problem with the taste as you will just swallow it down with a drink of water. But for the record there is not much taste. If you opt for the chewable wafers they taste similar to cinnamon.
NOTE: Mastic Wafers include other natural ingredients such as Deglycyrrhizinated liquorice/licorice root and rhizome extract. So three ingredients all proven to be highly effective in the treatment of H.pylori infections.
What are the benefits of Mastic Gum?
Mastic Gum has been found to be of great benefit in fighting bacterial infections, reducing stomach acid and in helping heal the stomach lining. So in searching for a natural cure for an H.pylori infection Mastic Gum is of great benefit.
What research has been done on Mastic Gum?
Since 1998 various studies by Professor Ala’Aldeen of Nottingham University UK concluded that Mastic Gum has a beneficial effect in fighting bacterial infections of the intestine and stomach.
In 2001 Marone et al, conducted a study that found that there was a high percentage success rate in the eradication of the H.pylori bacteria when treated with Mastic Gum.
Since the 1980’s up until the present day, research has established that Mastic Gum has anti-bacterial properties that not only destroy H.pylori bacteria, but also that Mastic Gum is instrumental in preventing the onset of stomach cancer. So if you are still searching for how to cure H.pylori naturally, Mastic Gum is an excellent choice.
Side Effects of Mastic Gum
To avoid side effects it is best to ensure that you are taking a high quality Mastic Gum that has not been diluted in any way.
Some people report an increase in burping and general reflux issues when the start taking Mastic Gum, but by drinking plenty of water this soon subsides.
Some people are allergic to Mastic Gum, but not many. If you find that you having difficulty breathing, have chest pains or develop a rash you should stop taking Mastic Gum.
Deglycyrrhizinated licorice/liquorice root extract (DGL)
Taking raw liquorice root can have side effects, which is why here we talk of Deglycyrrhizinated liquorice/licorice (DGL), which has no side effects. DGL does not reduce the natural acid PH of the stomach so you do not experience further digestive issues as a side effect.
What does DGL look like?
DGL comes in chewable tablets, capsules and wafers. There is also a DGL powder which you make into a paste and swish around your mouth and then spit out. All of these products are available at good health stores or online. There are a number of brands so just ensure that you purchase a high quality product.
What does DGL taste like?
Quite simply, it tastes like liquorice so if you hate the taste you are not going to enjoy chewing on wafers or using the powder, but are better off taking the tablets or capsules which are swallowed down long before they hit your taste buds.
What research has been done on DGL?
In 2009 DGL was found to be effective in cases of H.pylori induced peptic ulcers.
Sadly most of the research on DGL was done in the late 1980s and through the 1990s. Not much research appears to have been carried out since then, but all of the research concluded that DGL was extremely effective in treating stomach ulcers where H.pylori was present.
What are the benefits of DGL?
DGL, is a liquorice extract that stimulates your own natural production of a substance known as secretin.
What is secretin?
Secretin in a substance your body produces to improve the mucus membrane of the stomach lining, and by doing so, protects you stomach wall from stomach acid. If stomach acid comes into contact with the stomach wall, it eats at the wall of your stomach creating ulcers. H.pylori bacteria creates little holes in the stomach lining allowing stomach acid to leak through onto the stomach wall. So by improving or healing the stomach lining mucosa you stop the action of the acid and cure any damage done.
What are the side effects of DGL?
Glycyrrhizin is found in natural liquorice and it this that can cause serious side effects. Therefore it is important that you take liquorice extracts that have this element removed. So make sure that you are taking Deglycyrrhizinated liquorice/licorice. DGL has no negative side effects.
Oregano oil is a rich source of two microbial-killer phenols (oils): thymol and carvacrol, but that’s not all. Apart from these two oils Oregano Oil is a source of vitamins and phytonutrients.
What are phytonutrients?
Well, the first part of this long word comes from the Greek word Photon, meaning ‘plant’, and so – ‘plant nutrients’. There are many chemical names for these nutrients including antioxidants, flavonoids plus many more and so oregano oil is high in essential nutrients.
What does Oregano Oil look like?
The answer to that is straightforward. Oregano oil looks just the same as the cooking oil you use every day. This medicinal oil is sold in small branded bottles available at health stores or online. An alternative is to purchase Wild Oregano oil capsules.
If you purchase Oregano oil, don’t think for a minute that any Oregano oil will do. You need to make sure that you are purchasing the Oregano oil made from Origanum vulare L.
What does Oregano Oil taste like?
Well most people do not take the raw oil, as they find the taste to be too strong and rather unpleasant. So most people prefer to purchase Oregano Oil capsules to avoid the taste.
What research has been done on Oregano Oil?
A lot of research was carried out in 2000
- Force M et al, concluded that it had an inhibiting effect on parasites in the gut.
- Dorman H.J. et al, discovered antibacterial activity in the phytons: thymol and carvacrol
In 2005 Lin Y.T et al, found that a combination of Oregano Oil and Cranberry phytons had the ability to eradicate H.phylori infections.
In 2009 research was carried out on Turmeric, Licorice root, Thyme, and Oregano oil and the results showed that these natural herbs reduced the effects of H.pylori bacteria.
What are the benefits of Oregano Oil?
Oregano oil has been proved to be effective in fighting fungal infections such as athlete’s foot and thrush and also gives relief to arthritis sufferers, and a little in the rinsing water when you wash your hair will clear dandruff. But most the most important benefit in our discussion, is that Oregano oil inhibits the growth of bacteria. It stops H.pylori bacteria from reproducing so slowing down the attack your gut and stomach and preventing the onset of stomach ulcers.
What are the side effects of Oregano Oil?
Because Oregano Oil has a high thymol content it can be dangerous if you overdose, as thymol in large doses is toxic. So it is important not to take more than the suggested dosage.
Pregnant women or breast–feeding mothers should avoid taking Oregano Oil or using the oil as a topical insect repellent or antiseptic.
As Oregano Oils anti-bacterial action inhibits the growth of all bacteria, good and bad, it is recommended that you include a daily intake of natural yogurt and prebiotics.
A delicious and healing drink will help you fight off the effects of an H.pylori bacterial infection. Cranberry juice contains compounds known as proanthocyanides and has a high vitamin C content. The proanthocyanidins stop the H.pylori bacteria from latching on to your stomach lining, and so stops the bacteria from doing harm and at the same time the Vitamin C content helps your immune system fight off bad bacteria.
What are proanthocyanidins?
These are the plant nutrients known as antioxidants and flavonoids.
What type of Cranberry Juice should I take?
The usual boxed cranberry juice sold in supermarkets is mostly a blend and does not have a high cranberry ingredient. However, even a small amount of cranberry juice helps. Nonetheless it is better to search out a pure juice.
Most Health shops sell a highly concentrated cranberry juice usually in 500ml bottles, or you can order online. Cranberry capsules made from crushed cranberries are also available, and have no colorants, flavourings or preservatives added.
What research has been done on Cranberry Juice?
In 2005 Lian Zhang, found that Cranberry juice twice a day eradicated the bacteria in 14% of his selected group.
In 2005 Y.T. Lin, found that a cocktail of Cranberry juice and Oregano was highly effective against H.pylori infections.
What are the Side Effects of Cranberry Juice?
You would have to drink at least 1 litre a day to experience any adverse effects from Cranberry Juice. So limit yourself to 2 cups a day.
Drink too much cranberry juice and you could suffer from a mild stomach upset or diarrhea. Drinking more than 1 litre a day could lead to the formation of kidney stones.
I’m sure all of you have found a use for this delightful spice in much of your cooking. Turmeric is from the ginger family and the flavour is similar.
The Chinese have used it for thousands of years in the treatment of stomach complaints, and now researchers have found that it is the curcumin content of turmeric that is the healer.
What is curcumin?
Curcumin is a compound found in turmeric that is an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. And it is this compound that slows down the growth of H.pylori bacteria in your stomach.
Curcumin does not stay in your system long, so it is advisable to take it with coconut oil or olive oil. As one usually cooks with one or the other of these oils adding a little turmeric seasoning will just add to the flavour and look of any dish you make.
You can buy turmeric powder in the usual little spice jars at the supermarket or you can buy it in bulk. If you cannot find it in bulk on shop shelves, try shopping online. You can also buy turmeric capsules at most health stores, so if you want to make sure you get a daily dose of turmeric this is another option.
Benefits of Turmeric
Apart from slowing down the H.pylori bacteria’s ability to reproduce and soothing your stomach, Turmeric also reduces the PH of your stomach acid. So the effect of stomach acid that has leaked though to your stomach wall is not as aggressive as it would be if the PH were higher.
What research has been done on Turmeric?
In 2005 Kim D.C. et al, found that Turmeric (Curcuma longa), protected the stomach from ulcers by blocking or reducing the production of acid in the stomach.
Further studies in 2004 and 2005 found that Turmeric had a success rate of up to 100% cures in cases of H.pylori infections.
What are the side effects of Turmeric?
As with most foods, herbs and spices, if you take too much your stomach will object and you may experience mild stomach upset and/or diarrhoea. So just don’t think you can cure H.pylori by overloading your system with turmeric. Just stick to a small amount per day and you will not experience any side effects.
There are no dangerous side effects to turmeric.
What are Probiotics? Most of us have taken antibiotics at some time and know that antibiotics leave us feeling debilitated and can even lead to long-lasting stomach problems. So many of us used to take what was popularly called ‘interflora’. Now, however now we refer to this type of potent medication as a ‘probiotic’, and there are a number of different brands on the market.
There is a specific probiotic known as Bifidobacterium which is naturally found in your colon, the lower small intestine and in breast milk, in fact it is the most common bacteria in your body. This probiotic has been found to be effective in treating the inflammation in the stomach caused by the H.pylori bacteria, as well being able to stop further infection.
Probiotics contain the tiny microbes that naturally occur in a healthy stomach and gut. The naturally occurring good bacteria are killed off during antibiotic therapy and so a ‘Probiotic’ puts the good microbes (bacteria) back into your system.
H Pylori Treatment with probiotics
Some H.pylori sufferers prefer to take probiotics as medications available from pharmacies, which take the form of powders (to be sprinkled over food), or capsules and pills.
Natural probiotics are found in yogurts that are not synthetically made, but produced by the addition of yogurt cultures to full cream milk.
Benefits of probiotics
Probiotics have not been found to cure H.pylori infections but they do help to slow down the bacteria’s ability to reproduce. Probiotics are most effective if taken with other natural H.pylori treatments. So whichever combination of natural foods you choose you can boost the effect by adding probiotics to your daily diet.
Side Effects of probiotics
Don’t be afraid of probiotic side effects if you have them it is because the probiotics are getting to work and creating a healthy stomach and gut.
Most of the side effects are temporary and may include:
If you find yourself suffering from one or more of these side effects the best thing to do is just reduce your dosage, and stay hydrated by drinking more liquids.
Don’t forget you are getting a dose of good bacteria and these are fighting the effects of the baddies, so be patient and let them get on with their work.
What is Aloe Vera? From the name you will have gathered that it is an aloe. Used since ancient times for its natural antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties, Aloe Vera has been found to be very effective in fighting H.pylori infections, as well as being of great value in the healing of stomach ulcers. Aloe Latex which is a substance scrapped from the inside of the aloe leaf contains a substance known as anthraquinone which has a laxative effect. To avoid the effects of anthraquinones in the treatment of H.pylori therefore, the most usual supplement is made from the inner leaf jelly, which is high in fatty acids, enzymes, vitamins and minerals. So as well as having antibiotic properties it has all the good things that help to boost your immune system.
What does Aloe Vera look like?
It is a cactus like plant that grows close to the ground and has broad succulent, fleshy spiked-leaves which extend upward ending in a point. When in flower the flowers are a bright yellowish orange atop a stem growing up from the centre of the plant.
What does Aloe Vera taste like?
As with all aloes the taste is bitter. If you taste it direct from the leaf it leaves you with a dry mouth. However, there is no need to eat the plant as there are many Aloe Vera health products, to be taken orally, on the market such as gel capsules, juice and tablets.
What research has been done on Aloe Vera?
In 2014 a study carried out by Cellini L et al, found that the inner jelly of the Aloe Vera plant had the ability to overcome H.pylori bacterial infections resistance to antibiotics, and recommended its use in conjunction with antibiotic therapies.
In 2015 a published study by Khursheed Alia et al, in the Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, had findings that confirmed the study done in 2014, stating that the zinc oxide manoparticles acted an nonantibiotics and that it was these that broke down the H.pylori resistance to antibiotics.
What are the side effects of Aloe Vera?
If you are pregnant, STAY AWAY from Aloe Vera products in any form because Aloe Vera is known to bring on labour contractions and more than likely will result in miscarriage.
Here is a list of medications that do not go well with Aloe Vera so if you are interested in Aloe Vera as a supplement to combat your H.pylori infection, it is advisable to consult your physician first.
Medications not be taken in conjunction with Aloe Vera
- Medications for heart problems
- Medications for diabetes
- Steroids (cortisone)
- Kidney medications and diuretics,
- Medication for hemorrhoids
- Medication for an electrolyte imbalance.
If you are an H.pylori sufferer looking for natural treatments Aloe Vera, as you have read, is a great supplement to any antibiotic therapy because it breaks down H.pylori resistance to antibiotics and so makes the antibiotic treatment more effective.
(Note: I do say ‘sufferer’, as many people who do have an H.pylori infection do not suffer. In other words the majority of people who have H.pylori bacteria in their system, never know it and are never in need of treatment).
What is Coconut Oil?
There is no need for me to describe a coconut or indeed to tell you about the milk contained within it. Many doctors recognize the nutritional value of coconut oil derived from the flesh of the coconut.
In this section we are looking at Virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil, as this has been found to contain lauric acid which doctors, who practise natural healing, say has eradicated H.pylori bacteria in many of their patients.
If you are worried about the effect of coconut oil on your cholesterol levels, you can rest easy, as it boosts the good cholesterol and not the bad cholesterol.
What is lauric acid and how does it work?
As I mentioned cold-pressed, Extra Virgin coconut oil contains lauric acid and when you digest it, it converts to a substance called monolaurin. It is this monolaurin that enters the H.pylori bacteria membrane and kills off the bacteria. In other words it has an antibacterial effect much the same as an antibiotic, but being a natural substance H.pylori is unable to build up resistance, unlike its known ability to change (mutate) and fight off manmade antibiotics.
What research has been done on Coconut Oil?
I have tried without success to find anything recent. All the research seems to have been carried out either in the 60s and 70s. The most recent clinical trials undertaken in Singapore in 2010 were abandoned as there were no conclusive results.
In the 1960s Kabara et al, carried out a laboratory test and found that coconut oil had an antimicrobial effect on Laboratory bred bacteria.
Further studies in the 1990s were not H.pylori specific. So evidence at present is anecdotal.
Should I take Coconut Oil?
Although more research is needed, it is clear from many reports by sufferers as well as a few doctor websites on the internet, Coconut Oil’s antibacterial ability does bring relief. All of which means that despite the lack of research evidence, it is worth considering including coconut oil in your diet.
How do I take Coconut Oil?
You can purchase pure coconut oil as a tasteless culinary aid for cooking. You can use it in cooking to take the place of cooking oils, much as you do with Olive Oil. You can use it in place of butter in baking and you can swallow it raw. You can also buy Coconut oil capsules at your local health shop or online.
What is Matula Tea?
Matula tea is made up of a combination of the flowers, stems and leaves of various plants. At an FDA approved facility these are finely ground and then packaged into tea bags. Matula Tea is sold as a 30 day treatment for stomach ulcers.
What does Matula Tea taste like?
Brewed with boiling water as you would any other tea, it has a pleasant taste.
What is in Matula Tea?
- Wild Olive – The leaves – inhibit the growth of cancers and have antibacterial and anti-viral properties.
- Wormwood – parts of the plant and the oil from the plant are useful in alleviating digestive problems.
- Licorice/ liquorice – (See section on licorice/liquorice)
- Thorn Tree – the ground thorns have antiseptic and antibacterial properties.
- Crataegus (you would probably recognise this as one of the following: hawthorn, thornapple, May-tree, whitethorn, or hawberry). Known for its positive effect on the heart and blood circulation.
What research has been done on Matula Tea?
In 2006 Prof Patrick JD Bouic of The Department of Microbiology, at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, in a laboratory study, conducted tests and found that Matula Tea in high concentrations, killed the H.pylori bacteria.
In 2012 Dr Jon Morley also of Stellenbosch, carried out a study of patients between the ages of 32 and 76 who were given Matula Tea in measured doses daily over a period of 16 weeks. This clinical test was based on the findings of the 2006 study. His patients were retested for H.pylori after 8 weeks and again after 16 weeks.
Dr Morley quotes a very high success rate of over 80 % relief from the symptoms after the first 4 weeks: and after 8 weeks the retesting revealed that 73% of patients showed no sign of H.pylori and at the 16 week retest all those tested remained completely clear of H.pylori bacteria.
However Dr Morley does suggest that more scientific tests be done on Matula Tea to confirm his findings.
What do people, who have taken Matula Tea, say?
The majority of reviews on Matula Tea are positive. In other words most H.pylori sufferers who have opted for the Matula Tea route in curing the infection, report that they had been completely cured.
However, there are a few people who report no improvement in their condition.
As you know we are not all the same, and while most people may experience a positive result there will always be a few who do not react well or do not benefit from a particular medication. That does not mean that Matula Tea is not worth it. The results of the clinical test and the 2006 test should be enough evidence that this tea really does have curative properties and is certainly worth including in your diet.
What are the Side effects of Matula Tea?
There are no marked unpleasant side effects. Some who have drunk Matula Tea report that they found it to have diuretic properties and increased the number of times they needed to urinate. But there are no other known side effects.
Apple Cider Vinegar
First of all please be clear that we are not discussing any only cider vinegar. In assisting you get rid of an H.pylori infection you need to keep your eye out for Apple Cider Vinegar’, which is cloudy and made from organically grown apples. The cloudiness in the vinegar means that much of the pulp of the apple fermented to make the vinegar, is retained. This vinegar has the added benefit of a range of vitamin Bs, Vitamin C and folic acid, plus a lot of other very useful nutrients and minerals such as sodium, phosphorous, potassium, calcium, iron and magnesium – all essential to your wellbeing.
However the main benefit of Apple Cider Vinegar in combating H.pylori is its acetic acid and citric acid content.
Why is acid beneficial in treating H.pylori?
Well this nasty little microbe likes to live in a stable acid environment, and by taking Apple Cider Vinegar you destabilize the PH balance of your stomach acid. This means that the H.pylori bacteria find it difficult to survive and multiply. To put it another way, the acids in Apple Cider Vinegar neutralize your stomach acid and create a hostile environment for H.pylori bacteria, and the bacteria die. To explain this very simply and take you back to school days when you studied physics and chemistry: if you add a positive to a positive the result is a negative, so acid + acid = alkaline (the opposite of acid).
What does Apple Cider Vinegar taste like?
The taste of apple cider vinegar is not unpleasant but is perhaps not a taste that you could call delicious. You do get a hint of apple but the main sensation is the same as you would experience with any vinegar, only it is slightly sweeter. To make it more pleasant you can always mix it with some Manuka honey – then it is really quite palatable.
Can I overdose on Apple Cider Vinegar?
Sure you can. You don’t want to create a secondary problem for your stomach to deal with. Remember it contains a lot of acid, and acid can have corrosive effects not only on your gut and stomach but it can also eat away at your teeth (tooth enamel). So if you have decided to take Apple Cider Vinegar be sure to consult your physician and stick to the guidelines. Whatever you do, do not think that drinking down a vast quantity of Apple Cider Vinegar will be a onetime fix. Quite the opposite is true. So be sensible and take small amounts daily as your physician recommends.
What research has been done on Apple Cider Vinegar?
Sadly not much research into the effects of ACV as a treatment for H.pylori infections. However anecdotal evidence points to its ability to create a hostile environment for the H.pylori bacteria and therefore it can be said to be an effective aid to eradicating H.pylori bacteria.
Anyone who has ever enjoyed a pancake with cinnamon sugar, or baked a fruit cake or is a bit of a foodie will know this spice. This spice was discovered in Sri Lanka (Ceylon) in 1528. Cinnamon was such a valued spice that it was akin to gold in value and the cinnamon trade resulted in the Spice Wars in the 16th and 17th centuries.
What does cinnamon come from?
Cinnamon comes from the bark of 2 types of small tropical evergreen tree (species of Cassia) grown in Sri Lanka and India. The bark is used to make cinnamon sticks and the leaves are pressed to yield cinnamon oil.
What is the nutrient value of cinnamon?
Cinnamon is a great source of calcium, potassium, and iron. It also contains a tiny amount of saturated fats. Cinnamon has been found to have antimicrobial properties. It also is an anti-inflammatory and has been used for hundreds of years in the treatment of stomach ailments.
How does Cinnamon combat H.pylori infections?
Cinnamon has a very limited effect on its own, but as a combination remedy with other antimicrobials it has been recorded as being beneficial. So it does have the ability to fight bacteria, but is not potent enough as a standalone treatment against H.pylori.
What research has been done on Cinnamon?
In 2000 Nir Y et al, in their clinical trial using cinnamon extract, over a period of only 4 weeks, found that the concentration they used was not high enough to have a marked effect, but did suggest that if cinnamon were used in combination with other antimicrobials the effect would be more marked.
In 2010 Gruenwald J, Freder J, Armbruester N “The available in-vitro and animal in-vivo evidence suggests that cinnamon has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antitumor, cardiovascular, cholesterol-lowering, and immunomodulatory effects.” Despite their findings however, they suggest that further clinical trials on human subjects were needed.
These studies found that it was the methylene chloride in Cinnamon extract was the powerful agent that fought H.pylori infections.
What are the side effects of Cinnamon?
If you take a daily dose of cinnamon as part of your diet, using the natural spice, then there very few side effects:
- If you are on Warfarin then you must stay away from cinnamon as cinnamon does thin the blood and added to your medication cinnamon can cause internal bleeding.
- For those with sensitive skin, any direct contact with the spice could cause skin irritation
Do Cinnamon Supplements have side Effects?
Yes they do, but only in specific circumstances.
- Pregnant women should not take cinnamon supplements.
- Cinnamon contains coumarin which thins the blood, so, if you are taking anticoagulants then you must stay away from cinnamon.
- If you are a diabetic you must be careful with cinnamon because it lowers blood sugar.
Cinnamon is a delicious spice with a number of culinary applications. It gives a very distinct flavour to food and drinks and has the added benefit of being more than just a pleasant taste. It has a number of health benefits. Taken in conjunction with other known natural antibacterial remedies it certainly contributes to the eradication of Helicobacter Pylori bacteria.
There are a number of supplements that you can add to your daily diet. I have detailed a few below that I did not include in my detailed descriptions, but they are worthwhile and easy to come by.
If your HP infection has damaged your stomach lining then this supplement will help heal the damage and also assist in preventing the development of stomach ulcers.
Vitamin C has been proved to inhibit the growth of H.pylori bacteria and in a study carried out in 1998, concentrated vitamin C in measured doses, was found to completely eradicate H. pylori bacteria in a high percentage of sufferers.
Note: If you decide to take a supplement of vitamin C, you should be very careful not to overdose yourself as any overdose of vitamins can affect your liver. It is important to get a recommended dosage from your physician.
Because H.pylori bacteria damage the mucous lining of your stomach, as I have outlined before, this is a great healer, but not only because Zinc with L Carnosine, upsets the DNA of the H.P. bacteria preventing reproduction it is also a curative. You must be sure that you purchase the right zinc supplement, so make sure that the label refers to it as ZnC.
Lactoferrin is from cows’milk and therefore has the scientific name Bovine Lactoferrin. However most of the early studies were in conjunction with Triple therapy. The effectiveness of Triple therapy has been diminishing as a result of bacteria’s ability to mutate and overcome the effect of antibiotic treatments. In 2006 a study of the effect of Bovine Lactoferrin as an addition to Triple therapy showed that it enhanced the effectiveness of the therapy.
There does not appear to have been any research on this supplement as a standalone treatment for Helicobacter Pylori bacterial infections.
If your symptoms are: acid reflux, gas and bloating, then a course of digestive enzymes may help your digestive system recover. However, if your problem has not been diagnosed and you do not know for sure is you have Helicobacter Pylori bacteria in your stomach, you should not self-diagnose. Rather be checked out by a qualified physician to find out if your discomfort stems from HP bacteria or if it is from an entirely different cause.
Should your physician identity your symptoms to be as a result of H.pylori then your physician will know which specific combination supplement is best for you. You cannot just simply buy yourself a random selection and hope that you are doing the right thing.
With any supplement you need to be sure that you are taking the right dosage and also that whatever it is that you wish to take, is going to target the H.pylori infection. Just taking supplements because they are said to be good for you, is not a good idea. You should make sure that there is a good reason for taking them and that your reaction to them is monitored.
Taking a combination of Natural Treatments for H.pylori
The highest success rate in eradicating Helicobacter Pylori bacteria naturally, is often by including a number of healthy, natural foods in your daily diet. It means a lifestyle change but I can assure you it is not only worth it, but it will mean that you will avoid re-infection. Taking care of what you eat and making your changed eating habits a lifestyle change, may take a little time to get used to, but it is “Oh, so worthwhile”!
Reading through people’s success stories of differing combinations of foods, herbs and spices I thought you might like to consider trying out a few in your own cure for H.P.
- Manuka Honey and Mastic Gum mixed together rates highly as a cure.
- In 2015 Mark Liponis MD et al, carried out a study using a cocktail of:
- Mastic gum
- Emulsified oil of oregano
- And soluble and insoluble fibers – (you could grind up a stick of cinnamon).
This cocktail achieved a 100% cure rate.
- Try adding Oregano, blueberry and grape seed extract to your daily tipple of Cranberry Juice. This will boost the effectiveness of the juice.
- Apple cider vinegar, Aloe Vera and Lemon Water cocktail – This is a little strange and you may find it to be an acquired taste.
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Olive Oil – a small cocktail of about a tablespoon of each and then throw it down. Definitely not for sipping.
- Olive oil and garlic – again a spoon of oil with some crushed garlic and swallow it down. Or you can, of course, use it as a salad dressing. With a small addition of Apple cider vinegar it certainly makes for a delicious salad condiment.
These are just a few of the many suggestions easily accessible on the internet, if you would like to try out your own combinations and cocktails, do go ahead, as the saying goes “Nothing ventured, nothing gained”. Perhaps you too can post your recipes for recovery.
Whilst once upon a time, we were able to rely on antibiotics as all-round fixers, it is no longer the case. Bacteria have become very clever and in order to survive have learned how to change in such a way that they can beat off the effects of most antibiotic therapies. For this reason antibiotics are produced which attack bacteria more and more aggressively. All well and good, but by being so aggressive they also attack your immune system and all the good bacteria equally aggressively, leaving you wishing that you had never heard the word ‘antibiotic’ let alone every taken one or any at all.
In the case of Helicobacter Pylori, many studies now show that Triple or dual antibiotic therapy are not as effective as they once were, and in many cases they lower the body’s immune system to such an extent that reinfections happen not just once, but over and over again.
For this reason I, like so many other sufferers, was determined to look at all the alternatives and be in a position to make an informed decision on the type of therapy I would like to undergo.
I hope that by sharing everything that I have found out so far, you too now have the option of making an informed choice and maybe you will even take your search further. Whatever you do I wish you a speedy recovery to good health and in so doing that you discover a new and healthy lifestyle.