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Ulcers:

Treatments To Consider:

  1. Vitamin C
  2. EGCG (found in green and white teas)
  3. Rosemary tea
  4. Luteolin
  5. Quercetin 
  6. Curcumin
  7. Licorice extract:  DGL (deglycyrrhizinated form)

Quercetin and curcumin help block a toxin released by helicobacter pylori.  It is this toxin that may cause ulcers.

Hesperidin and curcumin increase the protective mucus the stomach creates.

If you bloat excessively, consider being tested for small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). 

This is done by a simple breath test.  See my previous blogs for more information.

Chew your food slowly, until it is liquefied, so that your stomach does not have to work as hard to process food.

Avoid Rolaids, Tums, and Maalox. 

Also avoid carbonated drinks, large meals, eating right before bedtime, excessive alcohol, hot and spicy food, and peppermint candies.

Finally, sleeping with the head of bed elevated may help alleviate symptoms.

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EGCG

Found in high concentrations in white and green tea, EGCG offers a number of benefits.

It can protect the brain from stroke, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s by calming the immune cells of the brain and reducing inflammatory chemicals like cytokines and peroxynitrite.

It relaxes arteries, improving blood pressure and blood flow, thus protecting the heart.

It lowers oxalate crystals in urine, helping to reduce the formation of kidney stones.

EGCG powerfully inhibits NFKB and cox-2, a type of protein and enzyme, respectively, which cause inflammation and fuel cancer growth.

Please see my previous blog on tea to read about other healthy chemicals found in various types of teas.

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Passiflora

Passiflora

…is a sedating herb that may reduce anxiety, pain, and blood pressure and improve insomnia and aid in cardiac rhythm abnormalities.  

Take a little time to research the fascinating passiflora.

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Hair Loss

Many patients complain of this common problem. If hair loss affects you, you may have a vitamin or hormone deficiency that can be corrected by supplements or medication. The following laboratory tests should be part of a diagnostic workup:

  • Vitamin D
  • Ferritin
  • Hormone levels (including LH, FSH, estradiol, testosterone, and DHEA)
  • B12
  • A1C
  • Thyroid function exams
  • Cortisol
  • Zinc

Treatments that may help prevent and stop hair loss include biotin, fish oil, antioxidants, and platelet-rich plasma injections.

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Hepatitis C

A chronic disease that is sometimes difficult to treat (and should be treated by a gastroenterologist with a special interest in hepatitis C), Hepatitis C may respond to alpha-lipoic acid as a supplement to more traditional therapies. Studies at New Mexico State University suggest that alpha-lipoic acid greatly improves liver function and levels of glutathione in the liver. A professor at this university, Dr. Berkson, recommends a “triple antioxidant” regimen of 600 mg alpha-lipoic acid, 400 micrograms of selenium, and 900 mg of silymarin (milk thistle extract) to lower liver enzymes and improve functioning.

The following supplements may be helpful & worth researching as well:

SAM-e, alanine, taurine, vitamins C and E, curcumin, astaxanthin, resveratrol, grape seed extract, NAC, licorice root extract, garlic, green tea, and white tea. Try to avoid foods with MSG and soy and watch your iron intake closely.