Be reassured that most people do not experience any symptoms of h pylori (Helicobacter pylori ) even though they do have the bacteria in their stomach. For most of us it is simply a harmless freeloader.
And you don't have "worms". This is a bacteria that has lived with us (in us!) for thousands of years. Unfortunately, nowadays people do seem to be suffering more from this relationship although no-one knows why.
Symptoms of h pylori infection come about through the toxins that the bacteria releases as it lives its life. These toxins - in some people - cause inflammation and irritate the cells lining your stomach.
This irritation can cause stomach ulcers (also called gastric ulcers) and duodenal ulcers. These are open sores in the stomach or the first part of your intestine. Peptic ulcers can be anywhere in the gastrointestinal tract and are simply ulcers over a certain size. There is a lot of debate about this bacteria's role with ulcers. Orthodox medicine believes it to be the prime cause whilst other sources believe that free radicals are the main cause and that the helicobacter pylori bacteria can actually prevent some problems. It is also implicated in some cancers.
Treatment is available so if you do have any of these h pylori symptoms then get it checked out with your doctor.
Recent studies have shown that fermented milk products such as yogurt are useful in getting rid of this bacteria and also that antioxidants from vitamin C (fruit and vegetables) are also useful.
One of the useful strain tested can be found in good ol' Danactive yogurt.
A study done in 2013 1 found that yogurts containing Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium lactis, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, and Streptococcus thermophiles, had a postive outcome on Mongolian gerbils when given over a one year period. Now one year in the life of a gerbil is equivalent to a much longer time period in humans, so this study was looking at the long term result of taking yogurt containing those 4 bacterium.
Many of the other studies have focussed on much shorter time periods.
The study claimed that "long-term intake of products containing probiotics strains, namely, lactobacilli species, can prevent H. pylori infection in Mongolian gerbils."
As yogurt is known to aid health in humans, this would seem to suggest that anyone with H pylori can only be helped by yogurt containing Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium lactis, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, and Streptococcus thermophiles.
The latter two are the starters used in almost all yogurt so you are looking for brands that include L acidophilus and B lactis or taking a supplement such as L acidophilus and B lactis with your live yogurt so that you are getting all the beneficial bacteria used in the study at the same time.
There have been studies2 done on taking Mastic gum for H pylori with some success. It is worth noting that some dosages were more effective than others and it didn't cure everyone but it when taken at a level of350 mg, three times a day, for fourteen days some of the group did have the Helicobacter pylori killed off.
So if it works for you then that is great news.
Click through on the Amazon links below to read the reviews from people who have found taking Mastic gum helpful for a variety of intestinal complaints from H pylori to stomach ulcers.
Good quality mastic gum should have a strong pungent smell when the container is opened. The a-terpineol and (E)-methyl isoeugenol in mastic gum have been successful against four different H pylori strains.3
Centers for Disease Control
1. Chao-Hung Kuo, Sophie S. W. Wang, Chien-Yu Lu, Huang-Ming Hu, Fu-Chen Kuo, Bi-Chuang Weng, Chun-Chieh Wu, Chung-Jung Liu, Pei-Yun Tsai, Tsung-Cheng Lee, Li-Wei Chen, Kuang-Hung Cheng, Lin-Li Chang, and Deng-Chyang Wu. Long-Term Use of Probiotic-Containing Yogurts Is a Safe Way to Prevent Helicobacter pylori: Based on a Mongolian Gerbil's Model. Biochem Res Int. 2013;2013:594561. doi: 10.1155/2013/594561. Epub 2013 Nov 21.C
2. Dabos KJ, Sfika E, Vlatta LJ, Giannikopoulos G. The effect of mastic gum on Helicobacter pylori: a randomized pilot study. Phytomedicine. 2010 Mar;17(3-4):296-9. doi: 10.1016/j.phymed.2009.09.010. Epub 2009 Oct 29.
3. Miyamoto T, Okimoto T, Kuwano M. Chemical Composition of the Essential Oil of Mastic Gum and their Antibacterial Activity Against Drug-Resistant Helicobacter pylori. Nat Prod Bioprospect. 2014 Aug;4(4):227-31. doi: 10.1007/s13659-014-0033-3. Epub 2014 Jul 19.
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