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What’s a Natural Way to Heal an Ulcer?

Having ulcers isn’t a new thing.

I know many people back then in college who used to have terrible ulcers, and I wish I knew back then what I know now because there is a straightforward remedy for ulcers.

First, however, you’ll have to work on your diet because if you had the proper diet, you would never get the ulcer in the first place.

Now, let’s start by defining what an ulcer is.

What is an ulcer?

An ulcer is a sore that is slow to heal or one that keeps returning. Ulcers can assume many forms and can appear outside or inside your body.

Ulcers can be found in visible places of your body, such as the skin and leg, or in areas that can’t be seen, such as the lining of your upper intestine or stomach. You can get an ulcer anywhere on your body — from your eye to your foot.

Infections, diseases, and injuries can cause ulcers. What your ulcers look like depends on where you have them and how you got them. While some ulcers can resolve independently, others may cause severe problems if left untreated.

In many cases, the term ‘ulcer’ refers to an injury in the lining of your stomach or upper intestine.

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What causes an ulcer?

Now, there are many theories about what causes an ulcer, from stress, and nutritional deficiencies, to a microbe called Helicobacter pylori, as well as the side effects of taking NSAIDs which are over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen and aspirin.

However, in today’s article, we’ll discuss a natural remedy to help you get rid of an ulcer.

Most cases of stomach ulcers are almost always caused by the following:

  • Helicobacter pylori infection
  • Prolonged nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including naproxen, aspirin, or ibuprofen.

In rare cases, a condition known as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome may trigger intestinal and stomach ulcers by increasing acid production in the body. However, this syndrome is suspected of causing less than one percent of all peptic ulcers.

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The most popular treatment for ulcers

The most popular treatment for ulcers would be Prilosec. Prilosec is a proton pump inhibitor.

The generic name for Prilosec is omeprazole. Omeprazole is used for the treatment of stomach and esophagus problems. It works by decreasing the acid content of the stomach.

As a result, it relieves symptoms like difficulty swallowing, heartburn, and cough. It also helps to heal acid damage to the esophagus and the stomach and may prevent cancer of the esophagus.

Prilosec has slight side effects like gas, vomiting, nausea, headache, increased risk of dementia, abdominal pain, increased risk of c diff, pneumonia, bone fractures due to osteoporosis, and polyps in kidney inflammation. However, other than these slight side effects, it is safe.

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Are there safer alternatives for ulcer treatments?

A particular study, an animal study precisely, compared omeprazole to cabbage juice.

The study [1], published in the Western Journal of Medicine, demonstrated that the cabbage juice group showed an 83 percent improvement in their ulcers compared to an 81 percent improvement in the medication group. But, of course, this was just a slight improvement without the side effects.

Another study compared the effect of cimetidine to cabbage juice. The study showed that the group that consumed cabbage had their ulcers healed in 15 days compared to 28 days in the cimetidine group [2].

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What makes cabbage good for ulcers?

Cabbage is a well-known natural remedy for ulcers. Healthcare providers had used it for decades before antibiotics were introduced to help heal stomach ulcers.

Cabbage is rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that prevents and treats H. pylori infections. Helicobacter pylori infections are the commonest cause of stomach ulcers (345).

Some animal studies have shown that cabbage juice treats and prevents a wide range of ulcers, including ulcers that affect the stomach (678).

Early human studies showed that daily consumption of fresh cabbage juice was more effective at healing stomach ulcers than the conventional treatment.

In a particular study, 13 subjects with ulcers of the upper digestive tract and the stomach were given a quart (946 ml) of fresh cabbage juice daily.

Their ulcers healed within 7–10 days of treatment. This exceeds the average healing time by over 3.5 times (9).

In another study, a similar quantity of cabbage juice was given to 100 stomach ulcer patients, most of whom had been treated with conventional medicines without success. However, over 81% had their symptoms resolved within a week (10).

What’s the exact component of cabbage that helps it to treat ulcers?

Well, researchers narrowed it down to vitamin U. Vitamin U is not a vitamin per se. Instead, it is a term introduced in the early 1950s to identify a sulfur compound in cabbage and other plant-based foods. These sulfur-containing foods are known as glucosinolates.

An interesting fact about glucosinolates is that it is very potent in dismantling and destroying H. pylori, a microorganism that plays a significant role in ulcers.

This explains why cabbage is very effective in ulcer treatment.

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What causes an H. pylori infection?

H. pylori has co-existed with humans for thousands of years. The bacteria are believed to spread orally, for example, through kissing.

H. pylori may also be spread through contact with stool or vomit. This may happen when someone fails to wash their hands properly after using the restroom. A person may also get these bacteria by contacting contaminated food or water.

H. pylori infection is more prevalent in children. The reason is that children are less-likely to practice proper hygiene.

Also, your living condition or environment can influence your risk for an H. pylori infection. You have a higher risk if you:

  • Don’t have access to clean water
  • Live in a developing country
  • Live in a crowded environment
  • Share accommodation or beddings with someone who has contracted H. pylori

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The fastest remedy for an ulcer

Cabbage juice is the fastest remedy for an ulcer. It can put the H. pylori bacteria in remission or kill them.

Now, there are a few things you need to know about cabbage. First, you’ll destroy the glucosinolates if you cook it too much. Second, it’s OK to drink raw cabbage juice. Third, the color of the cabbage doesn’t matter. You get the same benefits whether it is green or red.

You may use steamed cabbage because steaming can retain over 97 percent of glucosinolates in cabbage; don’t overcook it.

You can also ferment cabbage as sauerkraut. But there’s a small problem with fermenting cabbage. It causes a slight reduction in glucosinolates level, but you get all these beneficial friendly bacteria (prebiotics) when you consume sauerkraut.

I hope this article was helpful for you or someone you know who is suffering from ulcers. Subscribe, so you never miss an important health update. And as always, consult with your doctor before attempting anything, especially if you are taking medications. Let me know in the comments below if cabbage juice worked for you.

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Disclaimer: Dr. Berner does not diagnose, treat, or prevent any medical diseases or conditions; instead, he analyzes and corrects the structure of his patients with Foundational Correction to improve their overall quality of life. He works with their physicians, who regulate their medications. This blog post is not designed to provide medical advice, professional diagnosis, opinion, treatment, or services to you or any other individual. The information provided in this post or through linkages to other sites is not a substitute for medical or professional care. You should not use the information in place of a visit, consultation, or the advice of your physician or another healthcare provider. Foundation Chiropractic and Dr. Brett Berner are not liable or responsible for any advice, the course of treatment, diagnosis, or any other information, services, or product you obtain through this article or others.

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