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Keep ulcers at bay with cranberries

by , 19 June 2013

According to the Mayo Clinic, peptic ulcers occur when acid in the digestive tract eats away at the inner surface of the esophagus, stomach or small intestine. The acid can create a painful open sore that may bleed. Luckily, there's a solution if you have ulcers. Read on to discover how cranberries can help…

Anyone with ulcers will tell you that the burning pain that comes with ulcers is the most uncomfortable thing.

Luckily, you don’t have to put up with this pain anymore.

And all it takes are just three glasses of cranberry juice a day.

In fact, “new research shows that they also work against the bacterium that causes peptic ulcers – Helicobacter pylori (H.pylori),” writes Kerry Bone in Nutrition & Healing.

Cranberries: An effective, all-natural ulcer treatment

According to Bone, in a clinical trial, participants who tested positive for H.pylori took either 250ml of cranberry juice or a placebo every day.

After 90 days, around 14% of the people who took cranberry tested negative for H.pylori as compared with about 5% of those who took the placebo.

That’s a significant difference.

“Although the absolute number of patients going into remission wasn't especially large, the trial did show that cranberries would be a useful addition to other treatments for H.pylori,” writes Bone.

How much cranberries should you consume to treat ulcers?

You can drink cranberry juice or take it as a dietary supplement containing the dried juice.

This is based on a clinical study that compared the cost effectiveness of these two ways of taking cranberries. It found that the tablets were twice as cost effective as the juice for the prevention of urinary tract infections.

This was based on taking tablets twice daily or drinking 250ml of the juice cocktail three times daily. Both treatments were almost equally effective in reducing the number of patients who experienced at least one urinary infection per year. (Incidences were 20% and 18% respectively.)

There you have it. Cranberries – an effective treatment for ulcers either as a juice cocktail or in tablet form.

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