We’ve spoken at length about the many benefits of our Bee Propolis in previous articles. This wonderful natural substance can help people to combat allergies and maintain good oral hygiene.
But its effects stretch much further than that. Bee Propolis is also capable of helping you to lessen the effects of stomach ulcers. Here, we’re going to take a closer look at what stomach ulcers are before finding out how Bee Propolis may be able to help.
What Are Stomach Ulcers?
It’s likely that you’ve experienced the unpleasant sensation of having an ulcer in your mouth. It’s essentially an open sore in which bits of food can get caught. The protrusion also makes it easy to bite the ulcer and cause even more discomfort.
A stomach ulcer, also known as a gastric ulcer, is also a sore. They tend to form on the lining of your stomach, though it is not uncommon for them to form on your intestinal lining too.
They occur due to a lack of mucus in your stomach. Your stomach lining has a thick layer of mucus that protects it from the various acids and digestive juices that it contains. If that layer weakens, though juices come into contact with your stomach lining and eat away at its tissue. That’s how the sore forms.
Without treatment, your stomach lining continues to experience damage and the problem can become very severe.
What’s the Cause?
Many people assume that a poor diet is the cause of stomach ulcers.
However, in most cases they result from one of two issues:
- A bacterial infection
- Overuse of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Examples of these include aspirin and naproxen.
You may also become more prone to stomach ulcers if you have a condition called Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. This condition increases the amount of acid that your stomach produces.
What Are the Symptoms?
There are a lot of potential symptoms that you may experience with a stomach ulcer. Which you get tends to depend on the severity of the ulcer.
Most people will experience a burning sensation, usually in the abdomen/belly button area. This pain can last for several hours and is often at its worst when you have an empty stomach.
Other potential symptoms include:
- Acid reflux
- Weight loss
How Might Bee Propolis Help?
The fact that Bee Propolis is also known as “bee glue” should give an indication into the effects that it can have on your stomach lining.
It appears that the Propolis helps to reinforce the barrier between your stomach lining and your digestive juices.
In fact, a study conducted in 2009 shows its effectiveness. Researchers tested Bee Propolis on rats that had stomach ulcers and found that the Propolis was extremely effective at accelerating the healing process for the ulcers.
The Final Word
Of course, you should follow your doctor’s advice if you have a stomach ulcer. However, it does appear that Bee Propolis will have beneficial effects for your stomach if you add it to your diet. Better yet, you can find Bee Propolis in The Blessed Seed’s store.