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What Are The Foods That Reduce Ulcers?

Ulceration is the formation of sores in the stomach lining due to factors such as acidity, elimination of the mucosa membrane that protects the walls of the stomach, smoking, alcohol intake among others. Many patients use over-the-counter drugs that are readily available which include omeprazole, esomeprazole, anti-acid tablets, NSAIDs (ibuprofen, naproxen, etc.), and other magnesium based syrups. However, according to scientific research studies, NSAIDs have been found to cause irritation and inflammation of the lining of the stomach. Further, prolonged use of omeprazole for a period exceeding three months predisposes a patient to stomach cancer.

           Various food can help lower the acid levels in the stomach. It is believed that diet is the best treatment for ulcers since foods contain natural elements that benefit the body if used in the right amounts.

Vegetables

Vegetables such as cucumber, leafy greens, green beans, spinach, and potatoes.

Fruits

Fruits like watermelons, apples, pears, and ripe bananas are good for consumption by people with acid issues. Please note that citrus fruits such as passion fruits increase acidity.

Meat

Chicken meat, fish, and other sea products are foods that have been known to have low-fat content and therefore safe for people with ulcers. Please avoid red meat like goat meat and beef.

The egg white is also a source of protein for such people but they should avoid eating the yolk since it contains a lot of fat that may result in reflux symptoms.

Fats and oils

Items such as avocados, sunflower oil, sesame oil, and olive oil are good sources of unsaturated fats that help people with ulcers.

It is a fact that if a patient can use such foods in combination with mild antacids and syrups, the experience is far much better than dependence on drugs only. However, if symptoms persist one should seek medical advice.

Content created and supplied by: Medicalconsultant (via Opera News )

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