PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM gastritis and peptic ulcer disease may heal more effectively by adding a probiotic and a compound from cow's milk to the traditional triple therapy, a combination of two antibiotics and an acid blocker. A new study in the American Journal of Gastroenterologe followed 206 people diagnosed with H. pylori, a bacterium that can lead to gastritis and peptic ulcer disease. For eight weeks, participants were given triple therapy or triple therapy plus 200 mg of bovine lactoferrin and a probiotic twice daily. At the end of the study, 92 percent of those who took the probiotic and bovine lactoferrin tested negative for H. pylori compared to only 76 percent of the other group. In addition, those who took the probiotic and bovine lactoferrin reported fewer side effects commonly associated with triple therapy treatment, including nausea, diarrhea, headache, and abdominal pain. Probiotics are commonly used to encourage the growth of healthful bacteria in the large intestine.

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