Studies reveal that prevention strategies for these cancers should emphasise increased consumption of plant foods, decreased consumption of foods of animal origin with the possible exception of low fat dairy products and control of obesity. The following foods are the most powerful stomach protectors around.
Some strains of H pylori are strong enough to survive a battle with antibiotics but they may not be able to escape from broccoli sprouts and their powerful disease fighter, sulphoraphane. This substance also protects your stomach in other ways by boosting the body's own protective enzymes which could have both cancer preventive and antioxidant properties. So nibble on some broccoli sprouts or try these other brassica vegetables — broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts for their sulphoraphane.
Men who regularly drank tea during a study seemed to have half the risk of stomach cancer as men who didn't drink tea. The reason could be powerful antioxidants called polyphenols which may act as chemo preventive agents against gastric and esophageal cancer development. Green tea seems to have the most polyphones with oolong and black tea close seconds.
These mighty morsels are packed with vitamin C. Not only can this nutrient kill H. pylori, it's also an antioxidant that sweeps away the free radicals left in the bacteria's wake. Plus, strawberries are a low acid source of vitamin C, so they won't irritate your ulcer. Broccoli, cantaloupe, peppers and Brussels sprouts share this claim to fame.
Herbs and spices
If you need another reason to give up salty foods look no farther than these flavourful mealtime additions. Basil, rosemary, turmeric, ginger and parsley add zing to any dish, as well as a hefty load of flavonoids and other powerful antioxidants.
Half an onion a day keeps stomach cancer away. Researches indicate that making half an onion part of your daily menu could cut your risk of stomach cancer in half as onions contain quercetin.
It is also important to have a low acid source of lycopene, the famed antioxidant and cancer fighter. Guava is a winner, as are papaya and watermelon.
Learn a lesson from Popeye and eat more spinach. Researchers discovered that eating spinach and cabbage reduced the risk of stomach cancer.
Healthy habits to prevent an ulcer flare up
Eat fibre rich and nutrient packed foods like fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
Space meals regularly throughout the day instead of just having snacks.
Get a good night's sleep.
Learn to manage stress.