Since having H pylori in 2007, I have worked with well over 2,000 clients who also had H pylori.
Unfortunately, in my experience, it’s actually quite uncommon to come across too many people who have had great success using manuka honey. Despite this, I do believe that it works for some people and if you have read many of my articles, or my book, you will know that I a firmly of the opinion that different methods work for different people.
Whilst it does seem to have some antimicrobial properties against H pylori we must always remember that honey is essentially sugar. This is very important because when we run comprehensive stool testing on our clients, we often find yeast and fungal overgrowth alongside H pylori.
Because yeast and fungus thrives on sugar, I don’t like to use honey. By using honey, you may work against H pylori but at e same time worsen a yeast and fungal overgrowth. In many cases, this will actually make symptoms worse rather than improving them.
Yeast and fungal overgrowth is a huge problem in its own right and can cause the same symptoms as H pylori infection. Yeast and fungal species include Candida, Geotrichum, Aspergillus & Rhodotorula, all of which we see frequently when we test our clients.
Studies have shown that standard Triple Therapy treatment for H pylori and antacid medications such as Nexium, Prilosec, Pantoloc (generic names such as Esomeprazole, Lanzoprazole, Pantoprazole) are used, yeast and fungal organisms can proliferate in your stomach very rapidly, leading to overgrowth.
In my opinion, the last thing we want is for any form of treatment to worsen the problem, which is why I do not recommend Manuka Honey to people until we know exactly what is going on in their digestive systems.
If we are savvy, we can actually take steps to kill off yeast and fungal organisms at the same time as dealing with H pylori because various products actually act against both H pylori and yeast/fungal overgrowth.
In summary, by all means try Manuka Honey if you have H pylori, but please be aware that if your symptoms worsen, you may be inadvertently encouraging yeast and fungal overgrowth, which is certainly undesirable.
Should you experience a worsening of your symptoms when using the Manuka Honey, seek alternative methods or consult a practitioner who is well versed in the treatment of the bacteria.