Stomach ulcers, also known as gastric ulcers, are open sores that develop when the lining of the stomach has become damaged. It causes pain that is relatively easy to address, however, if they are left untreated, they can cause significant problems.
Some of the common causes of stomach ulcers are bacteria, indigestion (dyspepsia), hyperacidity, and the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Below are some of the natural home remedies we can try to deal with a stomach ulcer.
Honey is far from simply sweet. It can also help alleviate stomach ulcers due to its antioxidants and polyphenols. It also possesses antibacterial properties that have been shown to inhibit H. pylori growth, one of the most common causes of stomach ulcers.
Turmeric is recognized by its rich yellow color. It has an active ingredient known as curcumin that is attributed to medicinal properties.
In one study, 25 participants were given 600 mg of turmeric five times per day. Four weeks later, ulcers had healed in 48% of participants. After twelve weeks, 76% of participants were ulcer-free.
Moreover, a separate study also showed that after giving 500 mg of turmeric four times per day, 63% of participants who tested positive for H. pylori were ulcer-free after four weeks and after eight weeks, this amount increased to 87%.
This superfood has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties that may help prevent ulcers and heal them quicker.
In a study, results showed that eating two cloves of raw garlic per day for three days helped reduce bacterial activity in the stomach lining of patients suffering from H. Pylori infection.
Onions may help prevent the growth of ulcer-causing bacteria that can increase our risk of gastritis (stomach inflammation). Obtain this benefit by tossing onions into stir-fries, fajitas, and pasta or adding onion slices to sandwiches and salad. One should avoid frying it as it may only upset the stomach.
Cabbage aids in the production of amino acids that help stimulate the blood flow towards the lining of the stomach thereby strengthening the lining and treating ulcers that have developed on the stomach walls.
Moreover, this vegetable crop is also loaded with high amounts of vitamin C which is beneficial to patients who are infected with H.pylori.
Aside from helping decrease urinary tract infections, cranberry and cranberry extract also may help fight H. pylori. For this, we can simply drink cranberry juice, eat cranberries, or take cranberry supplements. However, we need to avoid commercial cranberry juices as they are heavily sweetened with sugar or high fructose corn syrup, which can also add empty calories.
Consumption of More Fruits, Vegetables, and Whole Grains
Have a diet centered on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in order to help the body heal an ulcer. Foods containing the antioxidant polyphenols may protect us from ulcers and help ulcers heal. Consume more of dried rosemary, black olives, flaxseeds, Mexican oregano, and blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, elderberries, and blackberries