If you’re wondering about foods that kill H pylori, this article and video will help.
You CAN fight H pylori foods but you have to be aware that on their own they may not be potent enough to completely eradicate H pylori bacteria.
Studies show that foods can have anti-H pylori activity, but we don’t really know how much of a certain food is needed, or for how long.
Watch this quick video, or read the info beneath to get the full scoop on this important topic.
Many foods have been studied for their effect on H pylori.
The trouble is, a lot of the studies have been done “in vitro”, which means in a test tube or lab dish.
Just because a food (or any substance, really) has an effect in the lab, it doesn’t then same effect is going to happen in a human stomach and intestine.
Nevertheless, it’s wise to incorporate these foods into your eating plan.
Cabbage juice has been used for centuries as a remedy for ulcers, and because we know ulcers are often caused by H pylori it’s likely that cabbage has some anti-H pylori activity.
It’s rich in a compound called “vitamin U”, which also goes by the name MSM and isn’t actually a vitamin at all.
Cabbage juice also contains some sulforaphane, which has been shown to have anti-H pylori activity.
Garlic is a well known anti-microbial. It can fight not only H pylori but also other bacteria, Candida and parasites.
Its active, H pylori-fighting compound, is called allicin.
As well as being used as a whole food, garlic extracts can also be found in nutritional supplements (there are some very potent ones).
Coconut oil has many health-enhancing benefits.
It contains compounds called medium chained fatty acids, one of which is lauric acid.
A lauric acid supplement called monolaurin has been well studied and shown to have plenty of anti-H pylori activity.
Olive oil is a favourite base for salad dressings and Mediterranean dishes.
It is rich in compounds called phenols and it’s the phenols that have the anti-H pylori effect.
Cranberry juice has also been quite well-researched and appears to have the ability to fight H pylori.
But, as with all these foods, it’s not clear how much is needed, how often, or for how long.
Broccoli sprouts contain a substance called sulforaphane.
All cruciferous veggies (broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, etc.) contain sulforaphane but it’s found in high concentrations in broccoli sprouts.
You can also get supplements that are made from broccoli sprouts (Broccomax by Jarrow Formulas, for example).
Turmeric is a spice used in Eastern cooking.
It has a yellow colour to it and is rich in substances that reduce inflammation in your gut (and entire body, actually).
You can use turmeric in cooking, dissolved in water, or you can purchase it as a supplement.
Different types of chilli peppers have been shown in the laboratory to exert anti-H pylori effects.
Using chilli is a difficult one because sometimes, of course, it can really irritate your stomach.
This isn’t great if H pylori is already causing irritation in the first place!
Specific substances called catechins and phenols not only have the ability to fight H pylori, but also to reduce inflammation and act as powerful antioxidants.
They can protect your digestive system and help it heal once H pylori has gone.
As a kid I used to eat tons of liquorice – pretty high quality stuff that my mum used to buy.
The phenols in liquorice have been shown to fight H pylori.
They also have a soothing and anti-inflammatory effect on H pylori.
Use high quality, salted liquorice and not heavily processed and sugar-laden garbage.
Please be careful if you have high blood pressure (which can be caused by H pylori, by the way).
A substance called glycerrhizin in liquorice can increase blood pressure and it’s wise to avoid this if your BP is already elevated.
Instead, consider a supplement that contains DGL, or deglycerrhizinated liquorice.
I still recommend you monitor your blood pressure if you have any doubts, but with it’s glycerrhizin mostly removed, DGL helps your gut without the same risk for increasing your blood pressure.
There’s no doubt that you can take advantage of foods that kill H pylori.
It doesn’t do any harm whatsoever to introduce the above foods into your daily regimen.
Indeed, because of their health-promoting properties, many of these foods would be excellent additions to your diet even if you didn’t have H pylori.
As I said at the top, the biggest problem with using foods that kill H pylori is that you don’t know how much to eat, how often to eat it, and for how long.
Nobody I’ve met has been able to give me this information and despite working one-on-one with well over 2,000 clients, I still don’t know the answer to these questions.
Scientists can’t tell us either because so many of the studies are done in the lab (in vitro) and not in the human gut (in vivo).
So my recommendation is to add these foods to your daily regimen for general health purposes.
They will help you fight H pylori, but they won’t necessarily eradicate the bacteria.
To eradicate H pylori, I recommend adding in triple therapy antibiotic treatment once you are fully aware of the benefits and drawbacks (click here for a video/blog post about these pros and cons).
Alternatively, use in the specific herbal protocol provided in The H Pylori Diet.
You can also learn how to incorporate turmeric, coconut oil and other foods into your meals using my cookbook.