H. pylori, a gut bacteria that can wreak havoc on your system, could possibly be the root cause of your heartburn. This bacteria, which thrives along the lining of your stomach, is a menacing spirochete. It cork-screws into your gut lining and is able to withstand abrasive stomach acid.
H. pylori is linked to stomach cancer. Approximately 50% of people over the age of 50 in the United States have H. pylori. Antibiotics combined with a heartburn medication such as Nexium are frequently used in conventional medicine to try to eradicate it, however, they don’t always work. This slew of pharmaceuticals also comes with a cost on your health, as every synthetic drug has side effects.
But there is a simple solution. Enter broccoli. Plant constituents in broccoli and broccoli sprouts are known to kill helicobacter pylori, according to research from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Two plant compounds naturally fight H. pylori and have natural detoxification properties. Glucoraphanin is rich in broccoli and broccoli sprouts. Myrosinase is also found in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables and is responsible for that sharp, mustardy flavor. It is prominent in radishes. When cruciferous vegetables are chewed, they release these powerful plant medicines. Myrosinase is also released by certain good bacteria in our lower intestine. Sulforaphane is produced by the body when these two compounds come together, and it naturally protects our systems from oxidative stress and inflammation which could potentially cause serious diseases, such as cancer.
Eating broccoli, particularly in combination with radishes can naturally address these pesky gut infections in a more strategic way than pharmaceuticals. Issues that arise with antibiotic treatment of H. pylori include bacterial resistance. H. pylori is also evasive and can hide inside cells along the walls of the stomach, impenetrable by western medicine. What is unique about sulforaphane is its ability to penetrate cells and eradicate infections both inside and outside of stomach mucosal cells!
Even eating just one dose of broccoli sprouts daily showed a 40% reduction in HpSA, which is a highly specific biomarker for the presence of H. pylori tested through stool sampling. Regular, consistent consumption of foods high in sulforaphane production may help manage gastric issues, such as H. pylori infection, gastritis, heartburn and possibly even stomach cancer prevention.
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