Check out this berry smoothie for a high antioxidant breakfast loaded with good bacteria to support healthy gut!
Foods that are rich in antioxidants and probiotics can help activate your immune system to help fight infections such as H.pylori that can cause stomach ulcers.
Antioxidants and Flavonoids
Studies have shown that the prevalence of stomach ulcers increases with age. 70% of stomach ulcers is caused by the bacterium Helicobacter pylori, or H. pylori. Most ulcers caused by H. pylori are completely treatable. But untreated stomach ulcers can lead to more serious problems, like internal bleeding and stomach cancer.
If your stomach ulcer is caused by an H. pylori infection, foods that are rich in antioxidants may be beneficial. Antioxidants found in bright coloured fruits and vegetables can help activate your immune system and help combat a H. pylori infection. Read our latest article to learn more about stomach ulcers.
Flavonoids are a phytonutrient found in certain fruits such as berries which can help protect the stomach lining by defending the lining of the stomach and allowing ulcers to heal. In one laboratory study, extracts of various berries inhibited the growth of H. pylori. (4) Also probiotics found in fermented foods such as kefir can also help. Studies have shown that probiotics may be helpful in wiping out H. pylori. The best bacteria to help do this includes Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, and Saccharomyces.
Try this easy and delicious berry smoothie
Stomach Ulcer Soothing Smoothie
- 1 1/2 cups Frozen Berries
- 1 cup Plain Kefir
- 1/2 Banana (medium)
- 1 tbsp Raw Honey
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy!