Use Green Tea to Prevent Stomach Ulcers

Tea is a hot drink enjoyed by most of us for its aroma and refreshing taste. Most of us prefer to consume it in the form of black tea, green tea, in the presence of milk with or without flavor additives like ginger, cardamom, masala, lemongrass and more. Tea is not a recent discovery but has been around for over 4000 Yrs and well known for its medicinal properties. 

Recent research supports the use of green tea in treating patients with peptic ulcers, most importantly, ulcers caused due to H. Pylori bacterial infection. It is interesting to note that 60-90% of the stomach ulcers are due to H. Pylori. Other factors being excessive consumption of alcohol or prolonged use of aspirin or ibuprofen that belongs to the class of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. 

Most recent research supports the belief that green tea can treat H. Pylori infection and may offer a solution to prevent gastritis before it can occur. The study was carried out on 34 patients with gastric ulcer caused by H. pylori infection and were given green tea extract orally for a period of one month. The patient was subjected to no other treatment to cure the gastritis. At the end of the month, it was observed that more than half of the patients had decreased H. pylori infection and 6 out of 34 had total eradication of the bacteria. For complete removal of the bacteria, prolonged exposure was required; a combination of green tea with an antacid was successfully tested as published in the Journal of Gastroenterology. Rising incidence of drug-resistant bacteria are reported, and green tea offers a natural and safe alternative for Triple drug therapy.

Green tea prevents the bacteria from forming colonies by suppressing the enzyme required for colonization. In addition to the antimicrobial activity, it has anti- inflammatory and anti- oxidant activities.  The active component for controlling the bacterial infection is also present in white tea and very less in black tea. 

For those who drink 2-3 cups of tea every day, you have one more valid reason to continue and to those who don’t, you have a reason to start this healthy habit. 

Note: H. Pylori are present in the stomach of 50% of the population worldwide and may form a part of stomach ecology. Only pathogenic H. Pylori can cause acute infection may appear as chronic gastritis, an inflammation of the stomach lining, other symptoms being abdominal pain, bloating, indigestion, nausea, vomiting and black stool. Chronic gastritis can lead to peptic ulcer formation that in turn may develop into stomach cancer.