Q Dear Dr. V,
I know Bye-Lori is good for getting rid of ulcers and stomach pain, but can it be taken to prevent stomach problems in general?


A Dear DV,
There are several studies that support the use of mastic (found in Bye-Lori) in healing peptic ulcers (ulcers of the stomach and duodenum). Regarding stomach pain, there are studies showing that Helicobacter pylori, the bacterium responsible for most peptic ulcers, can cause the symptoms of dyspepsia, including heartburn, according to a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Finally, mastic has been used historically for such purposes, and there are many anecdotal reports of its being used successfully to prevent recurrences of H. pylori infection.

H. pylori, which is also associated with other stomach disorders, infects approximately 40% of the world's population. Mastic has been shown to eradicate this bacterium in the stomach. Data published in the New England Journal of Medicine show that it can even kill antibiotic-resistant strains of H. pylori. Bye-Lori is a formulation containing not only mastic but other substances known to facilitate gastrointestinal health.

Since we do know that Bye-Lori is useful for eliminating the harmful H. pylori, I believe it is plausible that it could be used for preventing infection by this organism. Looking at the daily therapeutic amounts used in scientific studies, I suggest using one-quarter to one-half of those amounts for general prevention and maintenance: from 250 to 500 mg/day.

If H. pylori is known to be present, or if its symptoms are, I recommend that you first take 1000 to 2000 mg/day for two to four weeks and then switch to the maintenance course.

Take care.
Dr. V

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