While fairly common, ulcers can be painful and cause lasting damage if not treated. Most ulcers are caused by an infection from Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacteria which damages the protective lining of your stomach allowing acid to essentially burn your stomach. Common symptoms include indigestion, abdominal pain, and heartburn. The health experts at Envolve, an integrated healthcare solutions company, are pleased to share five foods that may help fight against the ulcer-causing bacteria.
1. Binge Blueberries. Small, but powerful, blueberries contain flavonoids, which are polyphenols that help protect the stomach lining by increasing stomach mucus that halts the growth of H. pylori. Besides warding off ulcers, this berry also may help strengthen heart health, lower blood pressure, and increase bone strength.
2. Have Honey. You might not think of this natural sweetener providing health benefits but it does! Honey may prevent acid reflux, improve cholesterol and suppress coughs and aids in the prevention and healing of wounds including ulcers. If you’re unsure of what kind to buy, try raw or Manuka honey as they have the most antibacterial effects.
3. Bite Broccoli. This cruciferous vegetable has a chemical called sulforaphane, which is known for its antibacterial effects. In addition to reducing stomach pain it may also promote healthy skin and weight loss, improve immune system function, and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Aim to eat about 1 cup of broccoli, raw or cooked, per day to help alleviate stomach pain.
4. Eat Yogurt. A staple breakfast item or mid-afternoon snack, this protein powerhouse has “good” bacteria that help reduce inflammation, prevent bacterial infection in your stomach, improve digestive tract health, and increase the production of antibodies that fight bacteria and viruses. It’s also a great source of calcium, vitamin D, protein and potassium.
5. Choose Cranberries. High in nutrients and antioxidants, this superfood may help lower the risk of stomach ulcers and ease symptoms when an ulcer has already developed. Cranberries also are low in calories and high in several vitamins like A, C and K. Enjoy the health benefits through fresh or dried cranberries, cranberry sauce or a tasty glass of cranberry juice!
About Envolve, Inc.®
Envolve, Inc.® is a family of health solutions, working together to make healthcare simpler, more effective and more accessible for everyone. As an agent for change in healthcare, Envolve is committed to transforming the health of the community, one person at a time. Envolve unifies specialty pharmacy, PBM, vision, dental, 24/7 nurse advice services, diabetes management, MSO solutions, and more. For more information, please visit our website www.envolvehealth.com or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.