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Vitamin C May Protect Against Ulcers

In 1982, Dr. Barry Marshall discovered that H. pylori was responsible for causing peptic ulcers--painful sores in the lining of the stomach or the duodenum, the upper portion of the small intestine. More recently, researchers discovered that H. pylori is also associated with stomach cancer, a particularly deadly form of cancer.

The researchers found that after accounting for age, ethnicity, weight and other factors, that those with the highest blood levels of vitamin C had a 25 percent lower prevalence of infection.

While taking extra vitamin C may help lower the risk of acquiring this infection, it is likely the best way to inrease vitamin C levels is through eating raw foods, not by popping down supplements. My recent article on how to treat ulcers discusses many other strategies you can use to treat ulcers.

Journal of the American College of Nutrition August 1, 2003

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