03.09.2016 Stomach Health Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Summary: H. pylori is a strain of bacteria known to cause stomach ulcers and certain types of gastric cancer. Research suggests that cranberry's antibacterial properties may help promote stomach health in certain adult populations by suppressing H. pylori. There is no evidence that cranberries can help in preventing stomach cancer. According to the World Organization of Gastroenterology, fifty-percent of the world’s population—that’s a whopping 3.7 billion people—are infected with a strain of bacteria known as H.pylori1. This particular type of bacteria lives in the digestive tract, and is known to cause ulcers in the stomach and upper small intestine. And, according to the National Cancer Institute, “colonization of the stomach with H. pylori is an important cause of gastric cancer and of gastric mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) lymphoma2.” And, while nobody knows if cranberries can help in preventing stomach cancer, research suggests that cranberry’s antibacterial properties may help promote stomach health in certain populations by suppressing H. pylori3. Additional research suggests that getting this benefit can be accomplished by consuming cranberries twice a day4. That means it could be as easy as enjoying a crisp, refreshing glass of cranberry juice with your breakfast and a salad sprinkled with dried cranberries at lunch. So when you’re prepping your next meal or looking for a snack, make sure to include the delicious superfruit that will satisfy you in the short term – and keep it healthy in the long term. Because with the cranberry, a nutritious approach to stomach health isn’t just easy, but tasty too. 1 Eusebi, LH, Zagari RM, Bazzoli F. Epidemiology of Helicobacter pylori infection. Helicobacter, 2014; 19 Suppl 1:1-5. 2 "Helicobacter Pylori and Cancer." National Cancer Insitute, n.d. Web. . 3 Shmuely H, Yahav J, Samra Z, Chodick G, Koren R, Niv Y, Ofek I. Effect of cranberry juice on eradication of Helicobacter pylori in patients treated with antibiotics and a proton pump inhibitor. Mol Nutr Food Res, 2007; 51(6):746-51. 4 Zhang L, Ma J, Pan K, Go VLW, Chen J, You WC. Efficacy of cranberry juice on Helicobacter pylori infection: a double-blind, randomized placebo-controlled trial. Helicobacter, 2005; 10, 139-145.