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Gastritis

A dull ache in your belly may be a sign of gastritis, an inflammation of the stomach lining. First uncover the cause. Then control the discomfort. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
  • Reliable and relatively consistent scientific data showing a substantial health benefit.
  • Contradictory, insufficient, or preliminary studies suggesting a health benefit or minimal health benefit.
  • For an herb, supported by traditional use but minimal or no scientific evidence. For a supplement, little scientific support.

Our proprietary “Star-Rating” system was developed to help you easily understand the amount of scientific support behind each supplement in relation to a specific health condition. While there is no way to predict whether a vitamin, mineral, or herb will successfully treat or prevent associated health conditions, our unique ratings tell you how well these supplements are understood by some in the medical community, and whether studies have found them to be effective for other people.

For over a decade, our team has combed through thousands of research articles published in reputable journals. To help you make educated decisions, and to better understand controversial or confusing supplements, our medical experts have digested the science into these three easy-to-follow ratings. We hope this provides you with a helpful resource to make informed decisions towards your health and well-being.

Supplement Amount Why
Astaxanthin
4 to 12 mg per day 2 stars [2 stars]
The carotenoid astaxanthin may inhibit the growth of Helicobacter pylori and reduce related gastric inflammation.
Gamma Oryzanol
300 mg daily 2 stars [2 stars]
Supplementing with gamma oryzanol may improve improve gastritis symptoms.
N-Acetyl Cysteine
1 gram daily 2 stars [2 stars]
In one study, people with atrophic gastritis given NAC saw increased healing.
Vitamin C
5 grams daily 2 stars [2 stars]
Vitamin C may reduce free radical damage in the stomach lining in the case of gastritis caused by the bacteriaH. pylori.
Arginine
Refer to label instructions 1 star [1 star]
The amino acid arginine may both protect the stomach and increase its blood flow.
Beta-Carotene
Refer to label instructions 1 star [1 star]
The antioxidant beta-carotene may reduce free radical damage in the stomach, and supplementing with it has led to improvements in people with gastritis in some studies.
Bladderwrack
Refer to label instructions 1 star [1 star]
Bladderwrack is high in mucilage, which may be advantageous for people with gastritis because its slippery nature soothes irritated mucus membranes of the digestive tract.
Chamomile
Refer to label instructions 1 star [1 star]
Chamomile may soothe injured and inflamed mucous membranes. Active ingredients in chamomile appears to inhibit H. pylori and reduce free radical activity.
Glutamine
Refer to label instructions 1 star [1 star]
The amino acid glutamine is a main energy source for cells in the stomach and may increase blood flow to this region.
Goldenseal
Refer to label instructions 1 star [1 star]
Goldenseal is considered an herbal antibiotic and has been traditionally used for infections of the mucous membranes. One of its active ingredients appears to slow H. pylori growth.
Licorice
Refer to label instructions 1 star [1 star]
Licorice root has been traditionally used to soothe stomach inflammation and injury. Its flavonoid constituents have been found to stall the growth of H. pylori in test tube studies.
Marshmallow
Refer to label instructions 1 star [1 star]
Marshmallow is high in mucilage, which may be advantageous for people with gastritis because its slippery nature soothes irritated mucus membranes of the digestive tract.
Slippery Elm
Refer to label instructions 1 star [1 star]
Slippery elm is high in mucilage, which may be advantageous for people with gastritis because its slippery nature soothes irritated mucus membranes of the digestive tract.
Vitamin A
Refer to label instructions 1 star [1 star]
Vitamin A appears to reduce ulcer size and pain in people with ulcers and may help treat gastritis.
Wood Betony
Refer to label instructions 1 star [1 star]
Wood betony has been used in European traditional herbal medicine for the treatment of heartburn and gastritis.
Zinc
Refer to label instructions 1 star [1 star]
Zinc is helpful in healing peptic ulcers, which can occur in some types of gastritis.

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The information presented in Aisle7 is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.


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