Helicobacter pylori or H-pylori bacteria is a bacteria that inhabits our stomach. It is a bad bacteria. Each one of us has more than 100,000,000 bacteria in our gut and most are part of our health. They are symbiotic with our gut and help with digestion.
Helicobacter pylori is a bad bacteria and is a carcinogen (it causes cancer). There are a number of diseases or conditions secondary to the infection with H pylori. Since it affects absorption in the gut, uptake of nutrients like calcium are sometimes inhibited.
Helicobacter pylori usually causes low level inflammation on the lining of our stomach. H pylori has been found the be the cause of most peptic ulcers and different types of cancer.
To see the secondary diseases or conditions that have been attributed to Helicobacter pylori, go to H pylori bacteria symptoms.
By one estimate, over 50% of everyone in the world is infected by H. Pylori in the upper gastrointestinal tract. Developing countries and often the very poor tend to experience infection more often than it does in Western civilization.
It is estimated that 80 percent of those infected with H pylori do not have any symptoms. Often times, the symptoms may not even be noted as they could be caused by so many other things.
One symptom, stomach ache or abdominal pain is often the result of stomach lining inflammation. The typical way of treating this, decreasing the acid of the stomach is not a desirable option. The stomach acid level when properly balanced will also help resist H-pylori bacteria.
Inflammation also means oxidative stress. And as would be expected, glutathione levels are decreased in those who are infected with Helicobacter pylori.
Antibiotic resistant forms of H-pylori are now appearing in infected individuals.
The traditional treatment, the so called triple therapy is not 100% effective.
A review of studies show a success rate of the triple therapy is only between 51 percent and 83 percent. A general consensus is that in 25 percent of people treated with triple therapy end up becoming reinfected. They will move on to be treated with quadruple therapy.
New research found that what we eat can protect or even reduce the activities of various strains of Helicobacter pylori. In Cancer Prevention Research, a 2009 Japanese study reported that eating 2.5 ounces of broccoli sprouts daily reduces the colonies of H pylori by as much as 40%. Once stopped, the infection returns however.
This shows that diet can be a viable option for treatment.
Although yogurt is not on the traditional raw food diet, it too can be used in conjunction with medical treatments to help improve the chance of successful eradication.
The healthy bacteria make it harder for the H-pylori bacteria to propagate in the stomach.
Supplements can also help. NAC or N Acetylcysteine given in conjunction with the triple therapy improved the effectiveness of the triple therapy.
Including broccoli sprouts, either raw or lightly steamed, in your diet can be healthy for your gut and protect you from ever getting h pylori. Although eating them daily may be necessary for eradication, once healthy, only eat them for a few days and allow 5 to 7 days off.
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