Bismuth is a mineral used in some H pylori quadruple therapy treatments and natural anti-H pylori products, including Bio-HPF by a company called Biotics Research Corp and Formula SF-734 by Thorne. A recent study proved its effectiveness.
The aims of the study were to determine the ability of bismuth to improve H pylori eradication and reduce the intensity of H pylori-induced gastritis.
90 patients with H Pylori-associated chronic gastritis were randomized into three groups.
No differences were found in the degree of gastritis before the treatment. One month after the respective therapies, the grade of gastritis reduced in 63.3% of patients in the first group (triple therapy only), 70% in the second (triple therapy plus bismuth) and 100% in the third (triple therapy for 10 days plus bismuth for 28 days).
Atrophy (degradation) of the stomach tissue was shown to improve in 3.3%, 6.6% and 16.6% patients, respectively, with the biggest changes seen in those people who took bismuth the longest.
H pylori eradication rates were 73.3%, 93.3% and 33.3% respectively.
This study draws attention to some very interesting findings.
The researchers concluded with the following statement:
Our data confirm that bismuth increases the rate of H Pylori eradication and suggests that including of bismuth in treatment regimens may reduce the intensity of gastritis.
L. B. Lazebnik et al. Influence of Bismuth on Gastritis Healing and Effectiveness of H. pylori Eradication. European Helicobacter Study Group. XXIII International Workshop on Helicobacter and Related Bacteria in Chronic Digestive Inflammation and Gastric Cancer. Rotterdam, September 16–18, 2010. P.343.
Dave Hompes’ Comments
Interestingly, whenever I have used bismuth compounds (e.g. Formula SF-734, Bio-HPF) in an attempt to help with H pylori, they haven’t worked in the sense of eradicating the bacteria. However people generally do feel better when these products are taken. These findings correlate well with the above study findings.
It would appear that H pylori eradication success is enhanced when antibiotics are combined with bismuth and if the bismuth is taken for an extended period of time, the stomach tissue heals more effectively.
This final point is of great importance. In my book, I stress the importance of considering the fact that H pylori infection damages the gut. Therefore, just like removing a splinter from your finger doesn’t automatically heal the damage, eradicating H pylori doesn’t necessarily lead to healing of the gut overnight!
This is one of the major reasons I recommend an anti-inflammatory diet in addition to anti-inflammatory protein powders and gut healing supplements alongside or after protocols to kill H pylori.
These protocols can be used alongside or after medically prescribed antibiotics, or along with natural stomach cleanses using mastic gum, garlic extract, DGL, etc.
One of the major advantages of the natural approach the ability of the natural products to reduce inflammation and improve healing of the gut lining, in addition to acting against bacterial and yeast overgrowth.
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