Helicobacter Pylori Natural Remedies Treatment

 
H. pylori is a tough bacterium nevertheless it can be killed with antibiotics or aggressive natural remedies treatments.
 
First you going to want to get tested with a simple breath test arranged to your doctor or even purchased online.

If you test positive for H. pylori you could try and eradicate it with antibiotics unfortunately however the H. pylori bacteria is progressively becoming resistant to the antibiotic treatments, it’s not that they don’t work at all but they are becoming less effective; if you do use pharmaceutical antibiotic treatments it’s really important that once you start you finish the entire course, do not start a course of antibiotics and not continue it through for the recommended length of the treatment, when you prematurely stop a course of antibiotics you are inviting the development of antibiotic resistant strains of the bacteria in your own body. I personally have had three people in my practice that have had unsuccessful antibiotic treatment for H. pylori. I don’t know if I just got lucky but all three antibiotic resistant cases and several others that had not tried antibiotics successfully eradicated H. pylori with a combination of mastic gum and liquorice. Today I would add NAC cysteine to breakdown the H. pylori biofilm, cranberry juice extract and probiotics containing L salvarus, L brevis and L acidophilus, I have to confess I not yet tried these additional remedies to treat H. pylori.
 

NAC Cysteine

NAC cysteine is a natural amino acid with antioxidant, mucous dissolving and metal chelating properties. There is some evidence that NAC cysteine may help dissolve the protective biofilm covering that colonies of H. pylori form to protect themselves from things that are poisonous to them like antibiotics[i]; biofilms obstruct natural and pharmaceutical antibiotics from being able to reach the bacteria and kill them and including substances that break down the biofilm enhances natural and pharmaceutical antibiotic treatments.
Interestingly H. pylori incorporates metals such as iron as part of its protective biofilm and I use NAC cysteine to chelates toxic heavy metals out of the body, it may be that the NAC prompts the H. pylori of the minerals it uses part of the biofilm.
NAC dosage: 600 mg three times a day on an empty stomach 30 minutes before meals.
 

Mastic Gum

Mastic gum is a resin obtained from pistachio trees that has been used as a food ingredient in the Mediterranean region; it has proven antibiotic effects against H. pylori[ii][iii]. Mastic gum is quite powerful just a few milligrams can be effective, it’s also very safe so I prescribe several thousand milligrams.
Mastic gum dosage: 1000 mg three times a day on an empty stomach at the same time as the NAC cysteine 30 minutes before meals.
I recommend Nutricology, Mastic Gum, 120 Veggie Caps available from iherb.com
 

Cranberry Fruit Extract

Cranberry juice has natural antibacterial properties and is well known for its potential for treating urinary tract infections.
 
Consumption of 250 mils of cranberry juice a day inhibited the ability of H. pylori to attach themselves to the stomach, the success rate was only be 14% but that seems like an effective production for an easily applied antique therapy[iv]. Regular cranberry juice consumption has also shown itself to be useful to help people ward off reinfection.
 
An alternative and probably more effective way to utilise the antibiotic properties of cranberry would be to take concentrated cranberry capsules which is basically cranberry juice with the water removed.
I recommend using the whole fruit rather than a standardised or a combination of standardised plus whole fruit, I use Now Foods or Life Extension cranberry capsules one capsule three times a day together with the mastic gum and NAC cysteine.
 

Liquorice

Liquorice appears to work by inhibiting H. pylori’s ability to attach to the stomach wall rather than killing the bacteria[v]. If you have low blood pressure and or adrenal fatigue you can take whole liquorice however a component in liquorice can cause a rise in blood pressure so if you have normal blood pressure either keep an eye on it or take what is called deglycerrhized liquorice which has had the blood pressure raising component removed, this is often called DGL liquorice.
Liquorice dosage: 900 or 1000 mg three times a day at the start of meals.
Now Foods also do a DGL liquorice lozenge which may be an effective way to absorb it into the oesophagus and stomach.
 

Probiotics

It’s hard to understand how any probiotic bacteria could help in any way to combat H. pylori because as far as I know apart from H. pylori no bacteria can live inside the acidic conditions of the stomach, nevertheless there is evidence that L salvarus and to a lesser extent L brevis and L acidophilus can assist in the treatment of H. pylori[vi].
 
I recommend the brand Innate Response flora to obtain the three bacteria. L salvarus, brevis and acidophilus are also found in the sourdough culture used to make sourdough bread and if you were to make your own sourdough bread allowing the sourdough culture to get on your hands and under your fingernails then you would naturally be exposed to these protective bacteria. You should also feed your friendly bacteria by eating lots of beans and all the foods prohibited (yes I meant to say prohibited) on the FODMAP diet. The FODMAP diet is a specific diet to starve the intestinal bacteria used by people who have a small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) causing or contributing to irritable bowel syndrome. If you have SIBO following a FODMAP diet can be a good way to temporarily manage your condition but it’s not a healthy diet to live on and what you should do is eliminate the bacteria that you don’t want living in your small intestines and then eat lots of everything forbidden on the FODMAP diet to grow a healthy colony of bacteria in your colon. See SIBO Treatment
 

Treatment Duration

I recommend performing the above treatment for three months and then re-testing, if you find this treatment helpful I'd love to share your success stories on my site.
 

Preventing Recurrence of H. pylori

There are people that repeatedly become infected with H. pylori or perhaps they never fully get rid of it and sometimes it flares up. It’s experimental but my suggestion to deal with this problem would be to take:
 
  • a dose of cranberry juice or extract daily,
  • mastic gum and liquorice 2 or 3 days a week
  • continuous or fairly continuous probiotics and maintain a healthy intestinal micro biome with the consumption of huge amounts of vegetables, beans and lentils but avoid fermented foods such as sauerkraut and kimchee. I know that everyone else on the Internet says you should eat lots of sauerkraut and kimchee because they encourage a healthy micro biome but unfortunately there are also associated with an increase in the risk of developing stomach cancer and H. pylori also causes a significant increase in the risk of developing stomach cancer so let’s not add to the risk.
  • Consume broccoli sprouts and green tea on a more or less daily basis[vii]
 

Additional anti-H. pylori measures

Practice really good hand washing hygiene before touching food, eating or touching your lips or mouth.
 
H. pylori can deplete the body of B12 and iron and you may want to replenish these with supplements.
 
Choose methylcobalamin not cyanocobalamin for your B12 and because B12 is very poorly absorbed from the digestive system when swallowed it’s much more efficient to bypass the intestines and absorb B12 under the tongue. To do this by a 1000 to 5000 µg sublingual methylcobalamin lozenge, crush it with your teeth and hold the crushed tablet and all the saliva it produces under your tongue without swallowing for several minutes, this is surprisingly difficult but you get used to it.
 
For the iron use a good quality chelated iron or Floradix or best of all if you can get it is iron that has been combined with Saccharomyces cerevisiae this is available in the UK from Cytoplan or Higher Nature and in the US from Megafoods, combining nutritional supplement with Saccharomyces cerevisiae hugely increases absorb ability.
 
[i] J Clin Gastroenterol. Author manuscript; available in PMC 2014 Mar 18. Published in final edited form as: J Clin Gastroenterol. 2011 Nov-Dec; 45(10): 841–843. doi: 10.1097/MCG.0b013e31822be4d6 PMCID: PMC3957414 NIHMSID: NIHMS562743 The Potential Role of N-Acetylcysteine for the Treatment of Helicobacter pylori Kian Makipour, Frank K. Friedenberg,
[ii] Nat Prod Bioprospect. 2014 Aug; 4(4): 227–231. Published online 2014 Jul 19. doi:  10.1007/s13659-014-0033-3 PMCID: PMC4111869 Chemical Composition of the Essential Oil of Mastic Gum and their Antibacterial Activity Against Drug-Resistant Helicobacter pylori Tadayoshi Okimoto, and Michihiko Kuwano
[iii] Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2007 Feb; 51(2): 551–559. Published online 2006 Nov 20. doi: 10.1128/AAC.00642-06 PMCID: PMC1797732 In Vitro and In Vivo Activities of Chios Mastic Gum Extracts and Constituents against Helicobacter pylori▿
Sotirios Paraschos,1 Prokopios Magiatis,1 Sofia Mitakou,1,* Kalliopi Petraki,2 Antonios Kalliaropoulos,2 Petros Maragkoudakis,2 Andreas Mentis,2 Dionyssios Sgouras,2,* and Alexios-Leandros Skaltsounis1
[iv]  ↑ Zhang L, Ma J, Pan K, Go VLW, Chen J, You W. 2005. Efficacy of cranberry juice on Helicobacter pylori infection: a double-blind, randomized placebo-controlled trial. Helicobacter 10:2;139-45.
[v] Journal of Ethnopharmacology Volume 125, Issue 2, 7 September 2009, Pages 218–223 Aqueous extracts and polysaccharides from Liquorice roots (Glycyrrhiza glabra L.) inhibit adhesion of Helicobacter pylori to human gastric mucosa  Nicole Wittschiera, Gerhard Fallerb, A. Hensela,  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jep.2009.07.009
[vi] Gut 1997; 41: 49-55 Prevention of Helicobacter pylori infection by lactobacilli in a gnotobiotic murine model A M A Kabir, Y Aiba, et al
[vii] World J Gastroenterol. 2014 Feb 14; 20(6): 1450–1469. Both Published online 2014 Feb 14. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v20.i6.1450 PMCID: PMC3925854 Exploring alternative treatments for Helicobacter pylori infection Guadalupe Ayala, Wendy Itzel Escobedo-Hinojosa, et al.
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