You probably know that a glass of milk to soothe your ulcer pain, but have you ever considered some of your favourite foods that could be capable of soothing your ulcer? Most ulcers aren’t caused directly by stress but by the bacterium Helicobacter pylori, which is why they are often treated with antibiotics along with an acid suppressor.
Wondering what foods can prevent ulcers? Check out some of your favourite daily foods that can help.
Yogurt contain “good bacteria” that can inhibit H. pylori and may help ulcers heal faster. A study conducted in Sweden found that people who ate fermented milk products like yogurt at least three times a week were much less likely to have ulcers than people who ate yogurt less often.
You can consume a cup of yogurt or another fermented milk product with live, active cultures at least once a day. Avoid sweetened varieties, which are less effective.
This fruit is starchy and sticky in texture. It helps to soothe inflamed and irritated mucous membranes and has some antibacterial properties. Studies conducted on rats with ulcers caused by daily aspirin use have shown that unripe green plantain can both prevent the formation of ulcers and help to heal them.
They however work best when they are unripe. Avoid fried plantain and instead opt for boiled ones to get all the nutrients it has.
Honey is known to fight bacteria, as hospitals and clinics sometimes apply it to burns and other open wounds. Just as honey is capable of healing a skin ulcer, it can also stop H. pylori in its tracks.
Researchers from New Zealand tested honey made from the nectar of the Manuka flower on bacteria from biopsies of gastric ulcers and found that the honey inhibited bacterial growth. Other researchers have also been successful in using some other types of honey to stop the growth of H. pylori.
The specific recommendation is yet to be made but you can start with a tablespoon of raw, unprocessed honey in the morning and at night to calm a fiery belly. Spread it on toast or a cracker to keep it in the stomach longer. Ensure that you keep your honey regimen going until your ulcer symptoms disappear, as H. pylori is slow growing.
Vegetables such as Broccoli, cauliflower and kale can help prevent ulcers as they contain sulforaphane, a compound that appears to destroy H. pylori. Some studies conducted on mice, have shown that sulforaphane extracts can successfully destroy the bacteria in the mice’s digestive tracts.
You should consider eating a cup a day of broccoli, raw or cooked. Not only will the broccoli begin to battle your ulcer, but it will also provide more than a day’s worth of vitamin C and a generous amount of fibre: which can all help in the fight against ulcers.
It is believed that the amino acid glutamine is responsible for the anti-ulcer punch cabbage has. Glutamine helps to fortify the mucosal lining of the gut and to improve blood flow to the stomach. What this means is that it not only helps prevent ulcers but can also speed healing of existing sores.
You can choose to add cabbage to salads, coleslaw, and wraps or drink raw cabbage juice, sold in health food stores.