Helicobacter pylori is one of the most successful pathogen in human history.” Many people have it living inside of their bodies for a long time without even knowing it. According to the CDC, about 66 % of the world’s population is infected with H. pylori.
Signs & Symptoms
As mentioned, it is common for people to have an H. pylori infection without even knowing it, as they have zero symptoms.
Other times, the infection will manifest itself with H. pylori symptoms like:
- Abdominal discomfort
More serious infections can cause symptoms like:
- Nausea and vomiting that can include vomiting blood
- Abdominal pain
- Dark or tarry stools
- Anemia (low red blood cell count)
- Decreased or loss of appetite
- Peptic ulcers
- Bad breath
Conventional H.pylori treatment usually includes antibiotics to kill the bacteria as well as acid reducers like lansoprazole, omeprazole, pantoprazole or esomeprazol if the patient deals with symptoms of heartburn or an ulcer.
9 Natural H. pylori Treatments
If you are not interested in conventional treatment, check out the natural treatments below:
As H. pylori is bad bacteria in gut, it is not surprising that probiotics can help combat this type of infection. According to a 2012 placebo-controlled pilot study published in the journal Inflammation and Allergy Drug Targets that looked at the effects of probiotics on this infection, the treatment with eight-strain probiotic supplement caused complete eradication of the H.pylori in 13 of the patients.
2. Black Seed
According to a 2010 research, patients given 2 grams of ground black seeds daily along with omeprazole (an acid blocker) experienced better results than the standard “triple therapy” of an acid blocker plus two different antibiotics.
3. Broccoli Sprouts
A research published in Digestive Diseases and Sciences discovered that 78% of the participants who ate broccoli sprouts twice daily for a week tested negative for H.pylori at the end of the study.
4. Green Tea
In vitro studies found “profound growth effects of green tea against Helicobacter and importantly, demonstrate that green tea consumption can prevent gastric mucosal inflammation if ingested prior to exposure to Helicobacter infection.”
Consuming garlic on a regular basis helps kill H.pylori bacteria. A 2016 study found that those eating about 3 grams of garlic with their lunch and dinner had a notable reduction in the Helicobacter pylori bacteria.
It has been scientifically shown that propolis contains more than 300 natural compounds, such as sequiterpene quinines, steroids, coumarins, phenolic aldehydes, and amino acids which inhibit the growth of H.pylori bacteria.
Extract of Agrimonia eupatoria, Salvia officinalis (Sage), Hydrastis canadensis (Goldenseal) and Filipendula ulmaria (Meadowsweet) have been shown to inhibit the growth Helicobacter pylori bacteria.
8. Reduce Stress
Stress makes the symptoms worse! Also, people with high amounts of stress and anxiety have shown poorer immune functioning and higher rates of H. pylori infections and stomach inflammation/stomach ulcers.
9. General H. pylori Diet
Eat more of:
- Flax and chia seeds also rich in omega-3s
- Raw honey, especially manuka honey
- Cruciferous vegetables, especially broccoli and broccoli sprouts
- Berries, specifically blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, blackberry, and bilberry
- Probiotic-rich foods like kefir
- Wild-caught fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids
- Pickled foods
- Carbonated beverages
- Spicy foods
- Low-fiber grains