¼ Cup Fresh or Frozen Cranberries
Thumb nail size piece of fresh ginger, chopped
1 pear cored and chopped
Juice of half a lime
1 tsp agave syrup (or alternative natural sweetner) optional
Water to desired consistency or couple of ice cubes
Blend together and enjoy!
Cranberry & Ginger - Health Benefits for Gastric Ulcers and H.Pylori
H.pylori is a type of bacteria that causes chronic inflammation of the inner lining of the stomach. It is now recognised as a common cause of gastric ulcers; tests have shown that as many as 90% of people with ulcers have detectable organisms.
Cranberries contain phytochemicals that have demonstrated anti-adhesive activity on H.pylori. Clinical trials have shown that cranberry suppresses and aids in eradicating H.pylori. It has also been demonstrated that the polyphenols found in cranberry can increase the effects of the orthodox medical approach of triple antibiotic therapy, particularly in women.
H.pylori is usually introduced into a person from infected food or drink. It can also be transmitted from person to person. This means that re-infection is a strong possibility. Cranberry has demonstrated inhibitory effect on H.pylori growth, and regular consumption of cranberry may reduce the chances of re-infection.
Ginger has a long tradition of use for digestive complaints. It is a potent anti-inflammatory and has anti-microbial properties. Research has shown that it has ulcer-preventative properties through it’s antioxidant and H.pylori inhibitory activities.
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