What is Helicobacter Pylori (H. Pylori)?
Helicobacter pylori is a flagellated bacteria (meaning it can move on its on with a little tail) that has colonized at this point over 50% of the global human population digestive system. It prefers the a part of our stomach called the antrum and virtually all hosts infected with H. pylori experience abdominal discomfort, heartburn, and gastritis while a smaller subset of these patients develop more serious outcomes such as peptic or duodenal ulcer, MALT lymphoma, or gastric adenocarcinoma. Nearly 75% of all gastric cancer and 5.5% of all malignancies worldwide can be attributed to H. pylori. It is an extremely difficult pathogen to treat as it is often resistant to multiple agents, causes a lot of inflammation, and hides quite easily from your immune system. The Inflammation, Nutritional Deficiencies, and Toxins is produced result in chronic problems in fatigue, joint pain, autoimmune conditions, increased cardiovascular risk, cholesterol, and diabetes just to name a few.
How do you know if you have it?
Get tested! There are multiple options available such as a breath test, blood test and a stool test (best of all) to detect if you’ve been infected.
Yes, it it contagious. It is often spread between family members and with uncleaned sources of food and water.
Prevention & Treatment for H. Pylori Infection can be done with good hygiene and consuming the right foods.
6 Foods to Avoid
These foods perturb the integrity and viscosity of gastric mucosa and promote colonization by H. pylori both of which ultimately contribute to increased inflammation and subsequent gastric cell proliferation and endogenous DNA mutation that can lead to malignancy and peptic ulcers. The over-use of one or more of these foods is common and cause the abnormal metabolism and suppressed immunity that has resulted in the current global chronic disease epidemic and overgrowth of H. Pylori.
Common sugars include sugar, dextrose, maltose, glucose, fructose, lactose, HFCS, Corn Sweetener, Corn Syrup, Sorghum Syrup, Sorbitol, Brown Sugar, Molasses, Fruit Juice contrate, Most Honey, Agave, Maple Syrup
(2) Cow Dairy
(4) Coffee & Caffeinated Beverages
9 Clinically Proven Anti-H. Pylori Foods
Today, we are going over the TOP FOODS with proven bacteriostatic or bactericidal properties against H. pylori, highlighting those which have confirmed anti-H. pylori effectiveness in humans clinical studies.
These contain isothiocyanates, particularly a type called Sulforaphanes, which exhibit anti-cancer activity, such as: apoptosis induction, inhibition of cellular proliferation, and modulation of liver cytochromes involved in carcinogen metabolism. Isothiocyanates inhibit growth of H. pylori even against clarithromycin-resistant strains.
Broccoli Sprouts (either 14, 28, or 56 grams) two times per day for a week tested negative for Helicobacter pylori at the end of the seven days and six of the subjects still tested negative at day 35 in a clinical study. I recommend you keep this up your intake of Sprouts 28-56g twice daily for at least 2 months if your had a previous failed antibiotic H. Pylori treatment.
Other Cruciferous Veggies that prove useful are Bok choy, Broccoli, Broccolini, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Collard Greens, Kale, Kohlrabi, Mustard Seeds, Napa cabbage, Radishes, Rutabaga, Savoy cabbage, Turnip , Water cress.
BLACK CUMIN SEED
Black Cumin (Nigella Sativa)
Numerous studies demonstrated the seed of Nigella sativa and its main active constituent, thymoquinone, to be medicinally very effective against various illnesses including different chronic illness: neurological and mental illness, cardiovascular disorders, cancer, diabetes, inflammatory conditions, and infertility as well as various infectious diseases due to bacterial, fungal, parasitic, and viral infections.
Thymoquinone obtained from seeds of N. sativa revealed broader spectrum activities against multiple strains of gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria in addition to inhibiting bacterial biofilm formation. Black seed (2 g/day) owed clinically valuable anti-H. pylori effect comparable to triple therapy The Use of Black Cumin Seed Oil has been clinically validated at 1- 3g per in the eradication of H. Pylori improving Dyspepsia symptoms to a similar extent as the acid blocking drug omeprazole.
Curcumin is the principal polyphenol isolated from turmeric, which exhibits anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiapoptotic, antitumor, and anti- metastatic activities.
The persistence of human infection with H. pylori and the resistance of clinical isolates to commonly used antibiotics in eradication therapy have been related to the genetic variability of the species and its ability to develop biofilm (like that sticky coating of your teeth that you need to brush daily). Curcumin is a great Biofilm inhibitor and biofilm destabilizing agents – it showed immense therapeutic potential against H. pylori infection as it was highly effective in eradication of H. pylori from infected mice as well as in restoration of H. pylori-induced gastric damage because it inhibits the pro-inflammatory COX-2 pathways in your body (works much like the NSAID ibuprofen).
Several mechanisms have been postulated as causing the inhibitory action of cranberries against H. pylori; among them are adhesion, biofilm formation blocking, anti-oxidative and anti-carcinogen activity, proliferation suppression due to high concentrations of proanthocyanidins, urease inhibition, inhibition of the H. pylori adhesion to human gastric mucus and even a cytotoxic effect against the germ.
Prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was conducted in Linqu County of Shandong Province, China, in 2005: Participants were assigned to orally receive two 250-ml juice boxes of cranberry juice or matching placebo beverage daily for 90 day. Eleven individuals from the cranberry juice treatment group and only two from the placebo group were negative at 35 and 90 days of experiment. These results are significant (p < .05).
Cant find it in the store? Check out this Paleo recipe. I recommend you add a bit of lemon juice (for extra vitamin C) and when adding honey use Manuka Honey for maximal anti-H. Pylori effect.
Other berries best suited to suppress H. Pylori are: Highbush blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, blackberry, and bilberry (~ 250 mls/day for 3 months is typically recommended; make sure you brush your teeth after the juicing!)
Sauerkraut, Kefir, Kombucha not only contain Isothiocyanates but also probiotics. Probiotic strains exhibit antibacterial activity resulting from, inter alia, their capability to modify immunologic response of the host, secreting antibacterial substances such as lactic acid and disturbing bacterial adherence mechanisms. Lactobacillus GG & Bacillus coagulants 30 strains have be most successful in helping a stubborn H. Pylori infection.
An easy home recipe for sauerkraut can be found here.
OAK TREE & MANUKA HONEY
While most honeys over the counter have sugar additives and can lower your immune system, Oak Tree and Manuka Honey intake at least once a week was associated with significantly lower prevalence of H. pylori infection
Antibacterial activity of honeys is attributable to their high osmolarity, and low pH and hydrogen peroxide content which results in potent bacteriostatic activity against H. pylori and inhibit it’s activity to produce toxins. These can be great with DGL Licorice Tea which also helps coat and protect the stomach lining.
Omega 3, 6, PUFAs and black currant seed oil, carrot seed, or grapefruit seed oil are often used to help heal from H. Pylori Infection. Their anti-inflammatory action helps heal the lining of the gut.
IRON & VITAMIN C
To prevent bacterial growth, the human body exploits this need for iron by limiting bacterial access to this vital metal and sequestering iron intracellularly in a process referred to as nutritional immunity. While the human stomach is a unique organ in that it experiences large influxes of iron during digestion, the specific niche occupied by H. pylori is within the gastric mucosa, an area predicted to have little available iron. Individuals with low serum levels of the iron binding protein, ferritin, have more severe disease outcomes in the context of an H. pylori infection than individuals with adequate ferritin serum levels. It best to take your Iron with Vitamin C at it improves absorption and anti-H.Pylori activity (see bellow).
Best Iron Containing foods (aside from red meats of course): Spinach, Liver & Organ Meats, Legumes, Pumpkin seeds, Quinoa.
Vitamin C is a relatively strong acid and contributes to the overall acidity of the human stomach (fasting pH = 2). This is important in host gastric cytoprotection from pathogenic enteric organisms. Vitamin C also helps to protect the gastric epithelium from colonization by H. pylori or physical injury by increasing the synthesis of prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) by 90–100%, which stimulates mucus secretion into the gastric lumen: this results in the H. pylori organism being unable to create an alkaline environment in which to survive.
Delicious Vitamin C foods include: Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower, Green and red peppers, Spinach, cabbage, turnip greens, and other leafy greens, Sweet and white potatoes, Tomatoes, Winter squash.
H. pylori has a strict nutritional requirement for zinc to inhibit its growth; The severity of inflammation, specifically the infiltration of neutrophils in response to H. pylori infection, was inversely proportional to mucosal zinc levels
Zinc Foods to keep stocked on: mushrooms, spinach, broccoli, kale, and garlic, chick peas, lentils, beans, seeds, nuts, and whole grains, citrus fruits (orange, kiwi, lemon, guava and grapefruit)
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