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What can you eat and drink to help treat an ulcer?
Answered by Discovery Fit & Health
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  1. Many ulcers are caused by an overgrowth of bacteria like H. pylori, which upsets the balance in your stomach or intestines. Since ulcers occur within the digestive tract, food can be particularly useful in restoring the bacterial balance. Go for foods rich in bioflavonoids, which have been shown to kill H. pylori - richly colored, red or purple fruits and vegetables are usually rich sources of bioflavonoids. Good options include berries, plums and red cabbage. Other foods you might want to try are garlic, parsley, onion and licorice.

    There are also a number of herbal remedies available to help treat ulcers. Mixing a quarter teaspoon of cayenne pepper in one cup of hot water can help stimulate blood flow, which can carry healing nutrients to the area. Other teas can help soothe the inflammation, such as bilberry, chamomile or calendula, though calendula can taste unpleasant in a tea, so you might prefer to add calendula tincture to another drink. Cabbage juice can help heal an ulcer - drink one quart a day for five days. Licorice is highly effective in reducing inflammation in your stomach or intestines, as well as acting as an ulcer preventative. It works by building and strengthening the mucin lining of each organ, which helps protect them from digestive acid. Chew on a licorice tablet, around 250-500 milligrams, shortly before meals and before bedtime.

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