8 Good Foods to Reduce Stomach Ulcers

People intuitively know what foods make them feel better or worse but here's a list of some recommended ones to reduce stomach ulcers.
8 Good Foods to Reduce Stomach Ulcers
Eliana Delgado Villanueva

Reviewed and approved by the nutritionist Eliana Delgado Villanueva.

Last update: 05 August, 2022

You should reduce stomach ulcers as these affect the inner lining of your stomach or small intestine and can impair quality of life.

Most cases are bacterial but there are other influential factors such as bad habits such as the excessive consumption of alcohol and tobacco as well as certain medications, and stress that leads to negative emotions. Check out this article and find out more about what are the 8 best foods for preventing and treating stomach ulcers.

8 foods that help reduce stomach ulcers

1. Pineapple

Pineapple helps you prevent gastric ulcers

Pineapple is rich in enzymes that aid digestion, especially that of foods that have a high protein content.

In addition, it stands out for its anti-inflammatory properties due to bromelain, according to this study conducted by Mangalayatan University in India.

You can eat fresh pineapple before meals or as a desert. You can also add it to your homemade juices and smoothies.

2. Cabbage

This vegetable has a high alkalizing ability so it promotes healing of stomach ulcers.

You can eat them raw by leaving them to marinate in oil, vinegar, and salt for a few hours. You can also cook it or add it to your beverages.

Eat it in moderation if you have hypothyroidism.

3. Red peppers

Red pepper

Red bell pepper is a highly appetizing and gastric tonic — it whets the appetite and stimulates the secretion of gastric juices. At least according to this study conducted by the Central Food Technological Research Institute in India.

You can eat red pepper raw in juices, salads, or as a garnish. It can also be cooked or grilled. These last two ways of fixing this vegetable give it a great flavor. It also goes well with any dish.

4. Raw potato juice can help reduce stomach ulcers

These are great antacids. Not only are they still appetizing in spite of your heartburn but raw potatoes are juice is also an ancient anti-inflammatory remedy, as this research from Purdue University in the US affirms.

If you want to make this ancient remedy, you need to drink the following for breakfast over the course of nine days.


  • ½ c. of raw potato juice. This juice should come from a potato that’s been well washed, peeled, and that doesn’t have any sprouts. (100 ml.)
  • 1 tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil (16 g.)

You should drink this 30 minutes before breakfast, at least.

5. Carrots


Carrots are an alkalizing vegetable and thus, a great treatment for gastric problems. Furthermore, raw carrot juice can restore and maintain the lining of the digestive tract. At least according to this study conducted by the University of California.

A homemade carrot apple juice is a great combination you can drink half an hour before meals as a preventative measure for heartburn.

6. Apples can help reduce stomach ulcers

Apples are one of the most common fruits and also one of the richest when it comes to health properties.

This fruit is a natural digestive regulator and thus, perfect for managing problems like ulcers, gastritis, heartburn, pain, constipation, and diarrhea. At least according to as explained in this study from the University of Reading in the UK.

Apples are great for preventing and healing gastric ulcers thanks to their content of fiber, beta-carotene, and vitamin C. These nutrients promote the healing of the tissues in your digestive system.

7. Aloe vera

The intake of aloe vera can help reduce stomach ulcers.

Aloe vera is a plant that stands out due to its fantastic healing ability. Also, it’s an antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory remedy, according to this study by the College and Research Institute in India. Aloe vera is an effective treatment for stomach ulcers for various reasons:

  • Its antibacterial properties prevent Helicobacter Pylori from reproducing. This bacterium is often related to issues with ulcers.
  • Ulcers are also related to the inflammation of your whole digestive tract, and aloe has an anti-inflammatory property.
  • Among its anthraquinone compounds, it has some that make it a great help for the lining of your digestive system.

8. Saltwater

Today you can find saltwater that’s ready to drink in some supermarkets and health food stores. This is because people have discovered that it’s a great source of minerals and trace minerals.

Other ways to reduce stomach ulcers

To fight gastric ulcers, you can also follow the following advice:

  • Eat simple meals without mixing several kinds of foods at once.
  • Chew well and don’t eat in a rush.
  • Don’t drink water while you eat but before breakfast, at midday, and mid evening.
  • Avoid consumption of tobacco and alcohol.
  • Fight stress with natural remedies and relaxation therapies. These can be massages, yoga, tai chi, etc.
  • Avoid fried and processed foods, white sugar, and spicy or stimulating substances. These include coffee, soda, peppers, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, etc.

In conclusion

Notwithstanding the useful tips to improve this pathological condition above, it’s always best to consult a doctor as they’re qualified to diagnose and prescribe treatment for stomach ulcers.

However, you can always adopt a diet that benefits the recovery process as a complement to medical treatment. A diet that contains the foods listed in this article.

All cited sources were thoroughly reviewed by our team to ensure their quality, reliability, currency, and validity. The bibliography of this article was considered reliable and of academic or scientific accuracy.

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.