Gut flora, or intestinal microbiota, describes the collection of microorganisms that live in the intestines and stomach. While they play an essential role in the body’s digestion and defences, some of these microorganisms may also be responsible for persistent problems such as the microbial strain Helicobacter pylori.
What is Helicobacter pylori infection?
This bacteria lives exclusively in the human stomach and is the only known bacteria able to survive and grow in such an acid environment. It is thought that 80% of gastro-duodenal ulcers are caused by H. pylori infections, even though in most cases (70-80%), the infection is asymptomatic. Over the long term, however, it induces a range of symptoms such as fatigue and chronic gastric discomfort, as well as chronic inflammation of the stomach and diseases such as stomach cancer – indeed it is believed to be responsible for 60-90% of gastric cancers. Given these estimates, it is possible that Helicobacter pylori claims more lives each year than road accidents, since stomach cancer is especially deadly. Migraines, Parkinson’s disease, cardiovascular problems and certain immune diseases have also been linked to Helicobacter pylori infection. It is clearly a significant problem given that 25% of Western populations are thought to be infected.
How can you tell if you have been infected by Helicobacter pylori?
Diagnosis of Helicobacter pylori infection includes tests for antigens in stools or antibodies in blood, urea breath tests and endoscopic biopsies if your doctor advises it.
How can you get rid of H. Pylori infection?
H. pylori is a resilient strain which can be difficult to eliminate: due to what seems to be increasing resistance, it may respond poorly to antibiotics, the only treatment offered by conventional medicine. It is responsible for most cases of heartburn, gastritis and gastric ulcers, the seriousness of which is well-established. The good news is that scientists have recently discovered the properties of a bacterial strain called , and more specifically the inactivated strain DMS 17648, isolated and patented by the Germany company Organo Balance. This strain has proved very effective at fighting Helicobacter pylori, without the disadvantages of conventional antibiotics. It has the particular feature of coagulating in the stomach by forming co-aggregates with the Helicobacter pylori bacteria, thus decreasing the toxic load in the stomach and reducing the risk of developing gastritis or a gastrointestinal ulcer. It is the only strain among 700 different strains of probiotic to be recognised as the specific antagonist of Helicobacter pylori.
What are its advantages over antibiotics?
Once coagulation has taken place in the stomach, the resulting aggregate is excreted by the body via the digestive tract. Gut flora therefore remains unaffected, contrary to the effects of a typical three-week course of antibiotics. Furthermore, H. Pylori Fight does not cause diarrhea or taste disorders unlike antibiotics which are not specific treatments for eliminating Helicobacter pylori.
What benefits does this strain have compared with other probiotic strains?
This particular strain offers a three-fold advantage over others:
- it is completely stable even at room temperature as it is composed of inactivated cells that are resistant to fluctuations in the environment;
- it is the only strain to offer 100% specificity in terms of fighting Helicobacter pylori, and in addition, it relieves chronic gastric discomfort, vomiting, gastrointestinal pain, acid reflux, digestion-related nausea, sluggish or painful digestion, bloating, cramps and heartburn;
- it can withstand the acid environment of the stomach.
The properties of Lactobacillus reuteri have been investigated in two clinical studies. In one, a dose of 250mg a day was tested against placebo for a period of two weeks. The other was a blind study (in which participants did not know whether they were taking the probiotic or the placebo), using the same dose. In both cases, researchers observed a significant decrease in the toxic load of Helicobacter pylori in infected subjects.Together, these digestion-related benefits make H. Pylori Fight an essential supplement for improving stomach problems and preventing the diseases associated with Helicobacter pylori. It constitutes a rare, natural treatment for eliminating Helicobacter pylori infection. Once eradicated, reinfection is rare. Treatment can therefore be considered definitive but it can be prolonged with the use of the formulation to facilitate digestion, and the supplement to protect the gastric mucosa from future infection.
CompositionH. Pylori Fight 100 mg
|Daily dose: 2 capsules
Number of doses per pack: 30
|Pylopass™ (Lactobacillus reuteri)
||200 mg |
| Other ingredients: Acacia gum, rice bran. |
Directions for useH. Pylori Fight 100 mg
Adults. Take 2 capsules a day.
Each capsule contains 100mg of Pylopass™.
Mastic Gum is a natural antiseptic remedy that inhibits or eliminates H.Pyori, improving gastrointestinal problems.
What do studies show about Mastic Gum?
- Several clinical studies have shown that mastic inhibits or eliminates H.pylori as well as other bacteria and fungal infections (Huwez FU, Thirlwell D, Cockayne A, Ala'Aldeen DAA.
- Mastic gum kills Helicobacter pylori (New England Journal of Medicine 1998;339(26):1946).
- Mastic gum is a safe, effective and natural nutritional supplement, free from side-effects. Given how serious H.pylori infection is, mastic gum should be used as a first step, before any other therapy. Once H.pylori has been controlled or eliminated, gastrointestinal function will return to normal by itself and will restore stomach epithelium naturally.
- Studies demonstrating the efficacy of mastic gum against H.pylori used doses from one to two grams a day. Even if H.pylori is not suspected, mastic gum can be used to ease stomach aches, help re-form stomach and duodenal epithelium, promote good digestion and freshen the breath.
Why take Mastic Gum?
You might think that no organism living in the human stomach could withstand the combined, brutal chemical assault of hydrochloric acid and digestive enzymes. Yet some exceptionally tough micro-organisms can survive and even multiply in such a hostile environment. Among the most prevalent is the bacteria Helicobacter pylori (h.pylori) which is believed to infect the stomachs of up to 40% of the world's population. As its name suggests, H.pylori is a helicoidal-type bacteria which burrows like a corkscrew in the epithelial cells close to the pylorus. It survives by secreting urease, an alkalinizing enzyme which neutralizes stomach acids.
H.pylori infection is associated with gastritis, dyspepsia and peptic ulcers - in fact, it is now recognized as the cause of the latter. Standard treatment to eliminate H.pylori involves long and extensive multi-therapy with antibiotics and other drugs. The side-effects of this treatment (nausea, diarrhoea and allergies) can be hard to tolerate. What's more, the bacteria mutate and become resistant to the antibiotics. However, there is a natural product which has been used since ancient times as an antiseptic and remedy for a range of stomach ailments: mastic gum (pistacia lentiscus).
CompositionMastic Gum 500 mg 60 vegicaps
|Daily serving: 4 capsules
Number of servings per bottle : 15
|Mastic resin standardised to provide 35% masticonic acids
||2 g |
| Other ingredients: Acacia gum, rice bran. |
Each vegetarian capsule of Mastic Gum contains 500 mg mastic resin.
Directions for useMastic Gum 500 mg 60 vegicaps
Recommended use: Take two to four capsules a day as required, or as advised by your therapist.