For decades, spicy foods were blamed for painful stomach ulcers. People doubled over in pain were advised to cut back on fiery foods

In the 1980s, however, that theory was debunked, as was the thought that stress causes ulcers.

Matthew Bechtold, MD, a gastroenterologist, said the primary causes of ulcers are a bacterium known as Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

H. pylori spreads through contaminated
food and water or unsanitary conditions.

H. pylori can cause ulcers by growing in the lining of the stomach, producing inflammation  and causing the stomach and intestinal lining to be more easily damaged by stomach acid.

NSAIDs that can lead to ulcers include popular over-the-counter pain relievers such as aspirin, ibuprofen , diclofenac, naproxen, felvin etc.

These NSAIDs irritate the stomach’s lining and interfere with chemicals that help regulate the protective lining.

Ulcers caused by NSAIDs can be prevented by reducing or eliminating use of the drugs.

Back to peppers-

Although spicy foods don’t cause ulcers, they can trigger abdominal pain in some people. One study specifically highlighted that frequent consumption of spicy foods can trigger upper gastrointestinal symptoms in some people with dyspepsia (or, indigestion). For people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), spicy foods can also trigger symptoms.

Also- Capsaicinoids, which include the compound capsaicin, are the chemical components of peppers that create their spicy taste. Research over the past couple of decades has demonstrated that capsaicinoids — and thus, spicy foods — also possess several health benefits in fact may help you live longer

So please let’s unlearn the myth that peppers cause ulcer . Like peppers, Fasting does not cause ulcer. Alcohol consumption does not cause ulcer. Smoking does not cause ulcer.

The common theme with these myths is that while it’s true that these things do not cause ulcers, they do make ulcers WORSE and may DELAY the healing.

Give us some ♥️♥️ if you learnt something new today.

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