Friday, 18 April 2014

Food Therapy - Apricot and Chronic gastritis

The apricot tree is about 8–12 m tall and a trunk up to 40 cm diameter belongs to the family Rosaceae. Apricot is classified with the family of the plum and has yellow to orange, often tinged red on the side which is exposed to the sun.


1. Energy
2. Carbohydrates
3. Dietary fiber
4. Fat
5. Protein
6. Vitamin A
7. Beta-carotene
8. Vitamin C
9. Iron
10. Potassium
11. Tryptophan
12. Carotenoids
13. Etc.

Chemical constituents
Oleic acid, linoleic acid,  palmitic.acid, glycolipids, phospholipids, benzoic acid (I), isorhamnetin (II), quercetin (III), kaempferol-3-O-beta-D-galactopyranoside (IV), isorhamnetin-3-O-beta-D-glucopyranoside (V), isoquercitrin (VI), hypericin (VII) and rutin (VIII)(a) and flavonoid glycosides,  (b),
Apricot and Chronic gastritis
Chronic Gastritis is a condition of chronic inflammation of the stomach mucosa medications, NSAIDs, aspirin, ibuprofen, H. pylori, anemia, autoimmune disorders, etc.
the study of Japanese apricot (CJA) intake and Helicobacter pylori-related chronic atrophic gastritis (CAG) showed a preventive of Japanese apricot in  inhibiting H. pylori infection and reducing active mucosal inflammation(1). In support of the apricot inhibitory effect, the Aichi Cancer Center Research Institute, in the Helicobacter pylori (Hp) infection study indicted that the Japanese apricot not only exhibit the suppressive effects on gastric cancer development through decreased numbers of Hp and improvement of Hp-induced chronic active gastritis on administration of CJA(2). In the study of Helicobacter pylori (HP) of 485 patients suffering from gastric diseases, 59.6% were due to Helicobacter pylori (Hp) infection, the 1Heilongjiang Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine showed a positive effect of  decode including Prunus mume in treatment of Stomach Heat Syndrome(3).

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(a) [Studies on the chemical constituents of flowers of Prunus mume].[Article in Chinese] by Zhang QH1, Zhang L, Shang LX, Shao CL, Wu YX.(PubMed)
(b) Flavonoid glycosides from Prunus armeniaca and the antibacterial activity of a crude extract.

Rashid F1, Ahmed R, Mahmood A, Ahmad Z, Bibi N, Kazmi SU.(PubMed)
(1) Inhibitory effects of Japanese apricot (Prunus mume Siebold et Zucc.; Ume) on Helicobacter pylori-related chronic gastritis by Enomoto S1, Yanaoka K, Utsunomiya H, Niwa T, Inada K, Deguchi H, Ueda K, Mukoubayashi C, Inoue I, Maekita T, Nakazawa K, Iguchi M, Arii K, Tamai H, Yoshimura N, Fujishiro M, Oka M, Ichinose M.(PubMed)
(2) Suppressive effects of fruit-juice concentrate of Prunus mume Sieb. et Zucc. (Japanese apricot, Ume) on Helicobacter pylori-induced glandular stomach lesions in Mongolian gerbils by Otsuka T1, Tsukamoto T, Tanaka H, Inada K, Utsunomiya H, Mizoshita T, Kumagai T, Katsuyama T, Miki K, Tatematsu M.(PubMed)
(3) [Relation between Helicobacter pylori and pathogenesis of chronic atrophic gastritis and the research of its prevention and treatment]. by[Article in Chinese] by Zhang L1, Yang LW, Yang LJ.

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