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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.

Checked 5/3/07