19 Jun H. pylori reduces Vitamin C absorption
It is common knowledge that the H. pylori bacteria raises the risk of ulcers and stomach cancer. In a study done by researchers in Glasgow, Scotland the underlying reason for H. pylori causing stomach cancer may have been discovered. What the researchers found was that people with H. pylori infection were only absorbing 80% of the vitamin C in their diet. Over time this absorption rate can decrease significantly. Since vitamin C is an antioxidant low levels may reduce the persons’ ability to ward off cancer. Considering the high incidence of H. pylori it is reasonable for healthcare professionals to beware of H. pylori symptoms and test to find out. The best test is the safe, non-invasive and highly accurate urea breath test.