VITAMIN C PROTECTS AGAINST ULCER-CAUSING BACTERIA.txt
VITAMIN C PROTECTS AGAINST ULCER-CAUSING BACTERIA
Gabe Mirkin, M.D.
A study from the University of California at San Francisco, found
that people with low levels of vitamin C are at increased risk for
infection with Helicobacter pylori, the bacteria that causes stomach
ulcers and cancers.
Dr. Joel A. Simon analyzed blood from 7,000 adults and found that
those with the highest blood levels of vitamin C had a 25 percent
lower infection rate with Helicobacter, than people with low levels
of vitamin C. This does not tell you whether infection lowers blood
levels of vitamin C or higher blood levels of vitamin C prevent
infection with Helicobacter, but animal studies show that vitamin C
prevents infection with Helicobacter.
In 1982, Barry Marshall showed that Helicobacter causes stomach
ulcers and more recent studies show that Helicobacter also may cause
stomach cancer. Lack of vitamin C impairs immunity, so eat lots of
fruits and vegetables even if vitamin C doesn't prevent Helicobacter.
Journal of the American College of Nutrition, August 1,2003.