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My mother has been struggling with stomach ulcers for many years.

Q. Dear Terry, “My mother has been struggling with stomach ulcers for many years. Sometimes she is in so much pain that she can’t eat. Her doctors don’t seem to have anything that can help her. I want her to try something natural and her primary doctor has agreed. She’s working on removing certain foods and beverages from her diet. She is 78 years old and otherwise pretty healthy. Any suggestions?” — Brody K., Wichita Falls, TX

A. Dear Brody, I highly encourage your mother to keep her doctors in the loop regarding any supplementation. With that being said, I think there are some great natural medicines to help with her digestive system.

Digestive health has long been considered the key to good health overall. One of the first things that needs to be done when someone has any issues of the ‘gut’ – that is, the stomach or intestine – is to begin soothing the digestive system. This is critical, because people with stomach ulcers, especially the painful kind, need quick and effective relief.

One of my favorite ingredients for helping soothe stomach ulcers is deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL), an extract of licorice. DGL is a powerful antioxidant, works as an antimicrobial agent, and helps reduce inflammation. Part of its antimicrobial properties include that it is a natural inhibitor of Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium that is involved in many ulcers and other kinds of stomach irritation.

In the past, the only way to supplement with DGL was a chewable tablet. But new research has discovered a special, advanced form that doesn’t have to be chewed. This is important, because many people have been put off by the intense taste of DGL in the past.

The DGL I recommend is standardized to glabridin and flavonoids. I would take this DGL once or twice per day.

For additional support, she may also want to consider adding in an omega-7 from sea buckthorn that includes both seed and pulp oil for the full benefits of the plant. I would take sea buckthorn once or twice per day.

Lastly, I think she could benefit from human strain probiotics. I would take them once or twice a day with meals.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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