How To Cure H Pylori Without Antibiotics

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H Pylori is a difficult infection to treat with conventional antibiotics because of problems with resistance. Some people have to use a triple-therapy or a quadruple therapy which involves antibiotics and medications to reduce stomach acid. And even then cure rates might only be around as high as eighty-four percent.

Not only does the infection cause very uncomfortable symptoms, but it can also raise the risk of stomach cancer if not treated and eliminated.

The main symptoms associated with H. Pylori include:

  • Loss of appetite – You don’t feel hungry and when you do, you feel full quickly.
  • Stomach pressure – Under your rib (left side) you may notice stomach pressure.
  • Nausea – Stomach inflammation can lead to symptoms of nausea.
  • Acid Reflux – You may have symptoms like burning and hoarse voice from this symptom.
  • Weight loss – Due to a decreased appetite, you will likely experience some weight loss.

Antibiotics are life-saving for millions of people and thankfully are still quite effective for many common bacterial infections. Although time may be running out as problems with resistance increase with continued use.

So when antibiotics start to fail, we have to turn elsewhere because the introduction of new and effective antibiotics into the market is painfully slow.

Now scientists are taking inspiration from nature and looking at plant-compounds to see if they are able to enhance the antibacterial effect, reverse resistance, or give insight into new approaches to develop synthetic and more potent versions.

In some cases, natural remedies derived from plants and mushrooms may even be effective by themselves at eradicating infections. However, one thing that is often overlooked by many people who advocate natural therapies is how the body processes and metabolizes these plant compounds.

The fact is that many plant compounds which display significantly antibacterial effects in the lab in a petri dish, may not necessarily live up to the same hype when you consume them. The tissue concentrations of these compounds can be too low.

However, when we’re talking about trying to eradicate an infection internally, say in the stomach, then natural treatments could be a more viable option. This is why a lot of research has been done on using natural treatments for H. pylori and some have shown some success.

Disclaimer: These natural treatments recommended here are compiled from scientific research, my own experience in curing gastritis caused by H pylori, and feedback I’ve received from others. Be sure to consult with your doctor if you opt for natural treatments!

H Pylori Natural Treatment Regimen

As I already mentioned, there have been a few studies looking at natural cures for H. pylori which don’t require antibiotics.

In some cases, these foods and supplements may be complementary and enhance antibiotics ability to eradicate the bacteria.

Combining several of them together may also give you more success. This is what I did to eliminate chronic gastritis I was experiencing in 2007.

Sulforaphane-rich Broccoli Sprouts

I don’t know about you, but I already loved broccoli sprouts, although they were difficult to get at the local supermarket. But if you have them where you live, then definitely pick some up!

One randomized controlled study in 50 humans who tested positive for H.pylori showed that eating 70 grams of 3-day-old germinated broccoli sprouts can inhibit gastritis caused by H. pylori.

Sulforaphane found in broccoli sprouts seems to work in two ways: through a direct antibacterial effect and by increasing Nrf2 – a major antioxidant enzyme which leads to a decrease in reactive oxygen species and prevents damage to the stomach wall.

Consumption of broccoli sprouts lead to a decrease in urease measured by a urea breath test and also H. pylori stool antigen test. Biomarkers of stomach inflammation were also decreased in the broccoli group but not the placebo.

So although sulforaphane did not eradicate the infection fully, it did significantly reduce the number of bacteria and gastric inflammation and therefore could be a valuable tool-set in fighting H pylori. [1]

Garlic (Allicin)

If you ask someone to come up with a natural antibiotic, it’s more than likely that garlic will be on the list. Well, if you read my blog, you’ll know that I am a fan of allicin and I take it every day. I shared my previous success in curing an infection I had by combining it with an antibiotic.

In a study from 2001, researchers looked at the effect of beta-carotene, ascorbic acid, and allicin in eradicating H. pylori, then compared it with the standard protocol which was two antibiotics and a proton pump inhibitor.

Standard protocol – 66% eradication

Allicin (4200 mcg) + standard protocol – 90% eradication

Allicin (1200 mcg) – 23.3% eradication

The authors noted that ascorbic acid and beta-carotene were ineffective whereas allicin was effective in enhancing traditional treatment and also modestly effective by itself.

It’s worth noting that the dose on the allicin-only group was lower, so it’d be interesting to see if a higher dose was more effective. [2]

Taking garlic supplements which contain stabilized allicin will likely be more effective than consuming raw garlic. But a more recent study from 2016 suggests that just eating two medium-sized cloves of garlic (noon and evening) can have a meaningful antibacterial effect on H. pylori in the stomach. [3]

Manuka Honey

Money honey was the turning point for me when I had gastritis. After having issues with feeling bloated all the time, stomach pressure and pain, and even GERD, honey was the first thing that ever made a difference.

Within days (yes, days!!) most of my stomach symptoms were gone. In just two weeks it felt like the infection had been completely eradicated. But the problem came back after two or three months and I started having the same symptoms.

This time, instead of stopping after just two weeks, I continued to put manuka honey on my toast every morning for breakfast, and also midday and in the evening before I went to bed. This way the honey was able to remain in the stomach for longer to have an effect.

I continued doing this for months if not years on and off and the symptoms never returned. They still haven’t to this day and it’s been over 11 years.

Considering that I had this problem for over at the time, and my doctor had no answer for me, it was pretty amazing that something as simple as manuka honey could cure this problem I was having.

But is there any evidence for it?

Absolutely. In a study looking at the effect of manuka honey on H. pylori growth, they were able to show that the presence of Manuka Honey at just 5% of its full strength was able to completely inhibit the growth of the bacteria. [4]

They estimated that the dose which would be required to have an antibacterial effect would be around 2.5 ml of honey entering 50 ml or less of gastric fluid before a meal.

This is the brand of manuka honey I used to help cure the infection.

If you’re going to try it, make sure that you use manuka honey, not just regular honey.

Probiotics

Taking probiotics before, during and after treatment with antibiotics for H. pylori may help improve eradication rates according to a few studies done in humans.

In one study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 138 patients who had failed triple-therapy were enrolled into a study and half of them given Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium-containing yogurt for 4 weeks prior to treatment.

In the study, they saw that probiotics were able to increase the eradication rate of H. pylori in infected patients to 85% compared to 71% of patients in the quadruple therapy alone.

In another study that used probiotics after treatment, they showed that the eradication rate increased from 60.8% to 79.2%. The researchers believed that the probiotic bacteria may have inhibited any residual bacteria left over after treatment. [5]

The benefit of taking probiotics also is that if you opt for antibiotic treatment, the probiotics will help keep in check harmful bacteria and yeast that will have an opportunity to grow during the antibiotic treatment.

Green Tea

Green tea contains polyphenols which have some antibacterial effect and help quell inflammation in the stomach. In this study, green tea had a bacteriostatic and bacteriocidal effect on both H. Felis and H. pylori bacteria.

Green tea may be a good preventative for both preventing infection and also reducing inflammation of the stomach if consumed before exposure to H. pylori.

If you’re going to go try and include green tea into your regimen, make sure you get the teas with the highest levels of EGCG. You can find out more information about the difference between matcha and sencha here.

Licorice Tea

Licorice may have a place for patients looking for an alternative to the medication Bismuth (antacid) because of side effects.

Patients taking the standard quadruple protocol to eradicate H. pylori which includes bismuth were compared against another group of patients using licorice in its place.

The study used 380 mg of licorice, twice a day and found that it was as effective as bismuth, based on outcomes such as gastritis, gastric ulcers, duodenitis and duodenal ulcers.

Licorice not only has an antibacterial effect against H.pylori but it also helps stop the bacteria from sticking to the walls of the stomach. [6]

Resveratrol

Resveratrol is found in grapes and red wine, but getting enough of this compound can be difficult unless you supplement it.

It’s powerful antioxidant effects and antibacterial properties make it useful in helping inhibit gastric inflammation and also inhibiting the growth of the bacteria at concentrations between 6.25 – 25 mcg/mL. [7]

Olive Oil

Test tube studies showed that olive oil was effective at killing Helicobacter pylori, and that olive oil was stable in the stomach acid so it could be beneficial.

So researchers created two studies to evaluate its effectiveness in patients.

In one study, 30 patients who had been tested positive for the infection was to receive 30 grams of olive oil for 14 days.

Around 24-72 hours after the last dose of washed virgin olive oil, 12 of the 30 patients showed a negative result. However, after 4-6 weeks, only 8 of the 30 still had a negative result.

In the second clinical intervention, only 3 of the 30 were negative after 4-6 weeks, but 24-72 hours after the last dose of unwashed virgin olive oil, 5 of the 30 tested negative for H. pylori. [8] Thirteen of the patients had to withdraw due to the taste and nausea from the oil.

Although olive oil didn’t provide a complete cure and many patients ended up tested positive again, olive oil can be consumed safely every day and is very beneficial to health.

So your results may be better with continued use of polyphenol-rich extra virgin olive oil.

Turmeric and Ginger

Both come from the same family and have shown (in vitro) to have significant antibacterial effects against different strains of H. Pylori.

While turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory effects due to its high curcumin content, ginger acts as an anti-emetic and may, therefore, increase appetite.

Anti-H.Pylori Diet

Many of these ingredients are easy to find and can be used in everyday foods and drinks! One drink I would often make was the following:

  • Green tea (Sencha or matcha)
  • Ginger powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Manuka Honey – 1 tablespoon

If you make some toast you can use a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and then take 5 – 10 allicin capsules (180 mg each) and then pour them on top of the bread. Add a banana on top and this will help keep the ingredients in the stomach long enough to have an effect (or skip the banana if you wish!)

Foods to avoid

While you’re trying to heal from the infection, it’s best not to start irritating your stomach put eating foods which can worsen gastritis.

  • Salt
  • Simple carbohydrates
  • Picked foods
  • Alcohol
  • High caffeine beverages
  • acidic foods (tomatoes, citrus fruits)
  • Chocolate

Conclusion

H. pylori infections can be really uncomfortable and withstand some of the strongest antibiotics we have today.

Fortunately, nature has provided us with tools which can effectiveness by themselves and complement traditional therapies using antibiotics.

Most of these natural treatments are just regular food items that are often found in the kitchen or local supermarket! If we can get away with using fewer antibiotics, then that’s a good thing!

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