What food is good for PEPTIC ULCERS




  • Coffee, including decaffeinated, and other sources of caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Peppermint
  • Tomatoes
  • Black pepper
  • Chile peppers
  • Garlic
  • Cloves


  • Lean meat
  • Poultry
  • Fortified and enriched breads and cereals
  • Dried fruits
  • Legumes
  • Yogurt
  • Licorice


  • Fatty foods
  • Milk


  • More than 5 million Americans and 600,000 Canadians are diagnosed with peptic ulcers
  • Those with a family history of ulcers
    All sores that erode mucous membranes or the skin and penetrate the underlying muscle are referred to as ulcers
    Those that occur in the lower part of the esophagus, the stomach, or the duodenum are known more specifically as peptic ulcers, because they form in areas exposed to stomach acids and the digestive enzyme pepsin
    Peptic ulcers are one of the most common disorders diagnosed in North America today, and men and women are equally affected
    A person with an ulcer may describe the pain as gnawing or burning and can often pinpoint it’s exact spot
    The pain usually occurs 2 to 3 hours after eating, is worse when the stomach is empty, and can be relieved by eating a small amount of food or taking an antacid
    Some people never have ulcer pain; however, they may develop intestinal bleeding, heartburn, bloating, and gas, as well as nausea and vomiting
    20% to 50% of the populations in industrialized countries have the Helicobacter pylori bacterium
    Although excess acid secretion plays a role, most ulcers develop when a common bacterium, called Helicobacter pylori, infects the intestinal tract
    Smoking, emotional stress, and heavy drinking can also contribute to a person’s risk of ulcers, and some people may have a hereditary predisposition
    Ulcers frequently occur in people subjected to extreme physical stress, such as serious burns or surgery

    Nutrition Connection

    There are several ways to reduce the pain from ulcers and avoid them in the future, including: Avoid trigger foods
    Triggers vary from person to person, but common offenders are coffee (including decaffeinated), caffeine in beverages and chocolate, alcohol, peppermint, and tomato- based products
    Avoid raiding the fridge at night
    Late-evening snacks should be avoided, because they stimulate acid secretion during sleep
    It is also wise to avoid eating large quantities of food at one time
    Reduce fat and dairy
    Fatty foods can slow down stomach emptying and stimulate acid release
    Milk and dairy products temporarily relieve pain but can cause a rebound in acid secretion
    Turn down the spice
    Foods and seasonings that stimulate gastric acid secretion such as black pepper, garlic, cloves, and chili powder should be limited or avoided by people for whom they cause problems
    Citrus juices may cause discomfort for some people
    Eat iron-rich foods
    Bleeding from untreated ulcers can lead to iron-deficiency anemia
    People with anemia should eat iron-rich foods, including lean meat, poultry, enriched or fortified breads and cereals, dried fruit, and dried beans and other legumes
    Spoon some yogurt
    Yogurt with live lactobacilli and bifidobacteria during treatment can reduce symptoms
    Check out licorice
    One home remedy that seems to work well is a form of licorice called deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL)
    DGL is sold in wafer form at health food stores
    Follow the dosage instructions
    Sip aloe vera juice
    This is another home remedy
    Drink a ½ cup three times a day

    Beyond the Diet

    Stop smoking
    Smoking is one factor closely linked to poor healing and ulcer recurrence
    Cigarette smokers often continue to suffer from ulcers until they quit
    Stop harmful medications
    People with ulcers caused by NSAID use must discontinue the offending drug
    Exercise to raise your endorphin level
    Regular exercise promotes the release of endorphins, brain chemicals that dull pain and elevate mood
    Check medications
    A major cause of ulcers is the heavy use of drugs like aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
    Don’t rely on baking soda
    Many people self-treat ulcer pain with over-the-counter drugs or with home remedies concocted from baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) to neutralize stomach acid
    But long-term use of antacids containing aluminum hydroxide can prevent the body from absorbing phosphorus and result in the loss of bone minerals