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Eating certain foods, including blackberries, broccoli, and foods containing probiotics, may be helpful against ulcer-causing bacteria.
Stomach ulcers are open sores that develop within the lining of your stomach.
According to the American College of Gastroenterology, an organization of doctors who specialize in the digestive tract, there is no specific diet a person with ulcers needs to follow. Food choices don’t cause ulcers or make them worse.
Current diet recommendations are now based on research that certain foods may have ingredients that fight against the bacteria Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), a main cause of ulcers.
In the majority of all ulcer cases, the cause of ulcers can be linked to an H. pylori infection, as well as to the chronic use of over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin and ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil).
Since the H. pylori bacteria is now known to be an important cause of ulcer formation, scientists
In addition to taking the antibiotics and acid-blocking medications recommended by your doctor for your ulcer treatment, eating these foods may also be helpful against the ulcer-causing bacteria:
- bell peppers
- leafy greens, such as kale and spinach
- probiotic-rich foods, such as yogurt, kefir, miso, sauerkraut, and kombucha.
- olive oil and other plant-based oils
- decaffeinated green tea
Why they help
If your stomach ulcer is caused by an H. pylori infection, foods that are rich in antioxidants may be beneficial. They could help protect and activate your immune system and help fight the infection. They may also help protect against stomach cancer.
Foods like blueberries, cherries, and bell peppers are packed with antioxidant power. Leafy greens such as kale and spinach contain calcium and B vitamins.
Garlic, decaffeinated green tea, and licorice round out the list of things you might want to incorporate in your diet.
Supplements may be beneficial
If your stomach ulcer is being treated with an antibiotic, consider taking a probiotic supplement as part of your diet plan. This can help reduce antibiotic-associated symptoms. It may also improve the effectiveness of the antibiotic.
Ask your doctor what probiotics would be best to take with your antibiotic medication. Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, and Saccharomyces supplements
Foods that may make acid reflux worse include:
- spicy food
- acidic foods, such as citrus and tomatoes
Overeating and eating within two to three hours before bed may also worsen reflux symptoms.
Ulcers caused by H. pylori will most likely need to be treated with antibiotics. Strict adherence to your treatment plan and close follow-up with your doctor are the best ways to make sure your treatments are effective and your ulcers are healing.
Learn more about treatment for a peptic ulcer.
What drinks help ulcers?
How do you calm an ulcer quickly?
You can get fast relief by taking acid blockers like famotidine (Pepcid).