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Cranberry Juice Found to Help Prevent Peptic Ulcers
      09/26/04 02:51 PM

Using cranberry juice for urinary tract infections has been known for a while, with recent studies showing a 20% decreased risk in urinary tract infections in women(1). The role for cranberry juice in helping promote health and prevent disease has now been broadened to include peptic ulcers. A new study in Food Nutrition and Science (2) found that a high-molecular-weight constituent in cranberry juice is able to prevent the bacteria Helicobacter Pylori from binding to the lining of the stomach.

H. pylori weakens the protective mucous coating of the stomach and duodenum, which allows acid to get through to the sensitive lining beneath. H. pylori is able to survive in stomach acid because it secretes enzymes that neutralize the acid. This mechanism allows H. pylori to make its way to the "safe" area of the protective mucous lining. The bacterium's spiral shape then allows it to burrow through the lining, causing a sore, or ulcer (3).

Peptic ulcers affect 25 million Americans at some point in their lives and are responsible for 1 million ulcer-related hospitalizations each year. H. Pylori has also been linked to stomach cancer, acid reflux disease, and gastritis (stomach inflammation).


1. Kontiokari T. Randomised trial of cranberry-lingonberry juice and Lactobacillus GG drink for the prevention of urinary tract infections in women. British Medical Journal 2001;322: 1571-1573

2. Burger O. Inhibition of Helicobacter pylori adhesion to human gastric mucus by a high-molecular-weight constituent of cranberry juice. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition 2002; 42 (supplement): 279-284

3. MedLine Plus “H. Pylori and Peptic Ulcer”

Abstracted from "Is Cranberry Juice of Help to Peptic Ulcer Sufferers?" in Total Health Magazine, Volume 25 Number 3.

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