I have an ulcer and am wondering if there are any natural alternatives to healing this fire in my belly?
Q. Dear Terry, “I have an ulcer and am wondering if there are any natural alternatives to healing this fire in my belly?” — Emily J., Middleton, NJ
A. Dear Emily, Digestive health has long been considered the key to good health overall. Any stomach disorder can take a toll on how we get through the day.
To help soothe and heal ulcers I recommend deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL), D-limonene and omega-7 from sea buckthorn.
DGL is a great antimicrobial and is a natural inhibitor of Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium that is a culprit in many ulcers and other kinds of stomach irritation. Look for a DGL that is standardized to at least 3.5% glabridin and greater than 10% flavonoids. I would take 300 mg twice daily.
Sea buckthorn has been shown in scientific studies to protect and even cure the effects of gastric ulcers. Plus, sea buckthorn provides Omega 3, 6, 7, and 9, which are very beneficial for the mucous membranes. Our mucous membranes are the first line of defense for the digestive system and often become compromised with gastric ulcers.
Keep in mind that omega-7 is found only in the pulp of the sea buckthorn berry. Oil from the seed alone has no omega-7. The sea buckthorn I prefer includes both seed and pulp for the full benefits of the plant. Additionally, look for a product that uses an environmentally-friendly, solvent-free supercritical CO2 extraction technology.
I would take 500 mg of sea buckthorn twice daily.
Terry . . . Naturally