Helicobacter pylori, it is estimated that everyone has heard this term in daily life.
Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium that lives in the gastric mucosa, is highly contagious.
At the same time, this bacterium is also a type 1 carcinogen of gastric cancer and the culprit of many stomach diseases.
According to conservative estimates by the World Gastrointestinal Organization, At least half of the world’s population has been infected with Helicobacter pylori.
Our country is also the country with the largest number of people infected with Helicobacter pylori due to its large population base. The infection rate is as high as 59%, and about 700 million people are infected.
This also means—3 out of 5 people have ever been infected with H. pylori.
What are the effects of Helicobacter pylori on the body?
I. Gastrointestinal symptoms
In the initial H. pylori infection, the patient presented with a series of symptoms of acute gastritis, such as bloating, vomiting, abdominal pain, nausea and A phenomenon of decreased appetite. These symptoms are generally mild at this time and can be easily ignored.
Once the disease progresses, patients begin to experience persistent gastrointestinal discomfort, severe abdominal pain, increased bloating, and strong>acid reflux, morning nausea and belching.
Second, deteriorating into gastric cancer
If infection with Helicobacter pylori is not treated in time, the disease will continue to develop, causing a series of gastrointestinal symptoms that will become more severe, and patients will also develop peptic ulcers.
If the symptoms are not treated in time, the symptoms can become gastric cancer.
Can capsaicin inhibit the growth of Helicobacter pylori?
Recently, researchers from the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and the University of Oxford found that eating chili peppers can effectively reduce the risk of gastrointestinal cancer.
The gastroenterology research team from the University of Toronto in Canada also confirmed that capsaicin can effectively inhibit the reproduction and infection of Helicobacter pylori, and regular use of pepper can prevent the occurrence of gastric cancer.
However, this news is not very rigorous. The relevant literature has not yet been found in this study, and although there are many studies on the effect of capsaicin intake on the stomach, at present No high-quality research results emerged.
In the research literature, there is also controversy about whether capsaicin is good for the stomach. Some people think that eating spicy food will accelerate gastritis, and some think that eating spicy food will inhibit Helicobacter pylori and related inflammation.
All in all, at present, there is no evidence that capsaicin is better for the gastric mucosa, or it is not good, and everyone does not need to eat spicy because of the so-called “good for the stomach”.
How does Helicobacter pylori spread?
Generally speaking, the specific route of infection of Helicobacter pylori has not been cleaned, usually the fecal-oral route, and some may have the oral-oral route.
Helicobacter pylori can be infected through close contact with patients, mouth-to-mouth feeding, not dividing meals (especially young children at home), etc., will lead to infection of Helicobacter pylori bacteria.
Is it easy to get infected with Helicobacter pylori?
Some people think that in addition, if you don’t use public chopsticks and don’t adopt a meal-sharing system when you go out to dinner, it is easy to be infected.
In the process of serving dishes with others, if someone is infected with Helicobacter pylori, then the saliva stuck on the chopsticks will contain this bacteria. Food can get bacteria on the food, which can lead to infection.
But this is just a theoretical analysis.
It is not easy for adults to get infected with Helicobacter pylori by kissing, let alone having a meal together. At present, the infection of Helicobacter pylori is basically in childhood, and there are not many infections in adulthood. .
But even if you are not afraid of Helicobacter pylori infection, it is still necessary to use public chopsticks.
After all, there are so many pathogens that rely on saliva to spread, flu, measles, hepatitis A, open tuberculosis…
So let’s not take the trouble, use public chopsticks to protect you and me.