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I personally went years on a gut healing protocol without knowing the cause or solution for my stomach aches. They usually felt localized, a bit of sharp pain in one spot. Sometimes I could trace them to eating a big meal or certain foods. Other times I was at a loss for the cause.
I discovered liquid aloe (great stuff!) to soothe the pain, which helped the symptom. But I wanted to eliminate the problem completely in my goal for overall wellness.
Of course any kind of gnawing pain has the potential to be an ulcer– or stomach cancer in the making.
Here’s what I finally learned and implemented… to completely heal my ailing gut and to eliminate stomach aches!
What is Vitamin U?
Vitamin U, or methylmethionine sulfonium chloride (MMSC), is found in raw cabbage juice. It’s been used in medical studies for healing peptic ulcers, providing rapid relief from pain as well as healing to the compromised tissue. The first medical study of this kind was done back in 1949 with shockingly excellent results. Many of these patients couldn’t have surgery; but a quart of cabbage juice each day for 2-3 weeks, or dehydrated cabbage juice, healed them! (source)
Of the 92 patients with ulcer pain 86 of them were pain-free within 3.92 days!, on average. That’s a fast 95.9% success rate. 81% of them were pain-free within the first week.
These patients were spared long-term drug use, the standard medical treatment. This 1949 study concluded that vitamin U treatment was more effective than medications for the same condition, as it prompted a healing response in the body that lasted, unlike medications!
Under ordinary circumstances, in a healthy gut, the stomach has a mucosal lining which protects it from the acid-pepsin digestive environment.
What is vitamin U doing? It’s providing this resistance, this protection. Vitamin U is high in L-glutamine and contains a unique form of methionine, an essential amino acid, which stimulates the production of mucous. It works as an antioxidant and, converted in the body, also serves as a methyl donor. (source and source) Vitamin U has a beneficial effect on the liver and even has a role in producing butyrate, that short chain fatty acid that contributes to a healthy colon. (source)
Vitamin U’s biological effects are not fully understood, and more clinical trials are warranted to better understand its uses and benefits.
Vitamin U for Heart Disease and Kidney Health
In 1979 another study was done with vitamin U and rats, which showed a benefit to kidney function and relief for those with hyperlipidemia, or high levels of fat in the blood. (source) While vitamin U thus showed itself to reduce the risk of heart disease, this line of study deserves further research.
Hyperlipidemia currently affects 71 million Americans. Dietary change, reducing stress and improving lifestyle, alongside vitamin U consumption and other supplements (milk thistle, garlic, virgin cod liver oil and several others), are recommended steps for reversing this dangerous diagnosis. These are all great alternatives to statins which are commonly prescribed, ineffective, and laden with side effects.
What I Take
I take a vitamin U supplement: DL-Methionine methylsulfonium chloride. (You can get it here.)
This supplement is excellent for patients who find they need to metaphorically go back one step. Perhaps you’re unable to tolerate digestive aids like Betaine HCl or digestive bitters; they’re too strong, causing pain or other uncomfortable symptoms.
Perhaps you’re discouraged as you can’t make progress on a healing diet, or you’re just starting out on GAPS, SCD, AIP or Keto.
Maybe you have heart disease and you’re looking for the right healing supplements.
If you feel fragile inside or that you need to make progress but it’s not happening, vitamin U may be JUST what you need. If it’s true that all health starts in the gut, vitamin U helps to provide the mucosal lining that is fundamental to both healing and preventing food sensitivities. It shields and causes healing in the gut lining. And, as the 1949 test originally demonstrated, and I can attest to the results in my life, it works fast!
I didn’t have a full-blown ulcer and for me relief was immediate and prophylactic; I just don’t get stomach aches anymore.
You can take this supplement with every meal if you feel your stomach is particularly fragile. Or you can take it just once each morning, before breakfast, which is what I did.
If you haven’t been able to use any digestive aids, I recommend starting with the vitamin U supplement (you can get it here) until stomach pain ceases; and then when you feel the timing is right, try adding in digestive bitters, like this one, which also helps to detoxify the liver. First consult your functional medical doctor or naturopath to be sure this course of action is right for your body.
Who Else Can Take Vitamin U?
Anyone with low stomach acid, inflammation or who’s chronically ill, anyone experiencing heartburn, acid reflux (GERD), using proton pump inhibitors, struggling with too much weight loss or bloating, vitamin U is the gentlest supplement “ally” to start and continue the healing of the stomach.
Is this you? I’d love to hear your experiences with vitamin U. Let me know in the comments how it works for you!…
Other products you might like that also utilize vitamin U’s healing effect include this one. It contains mastic gum (for overcoming an H. pylori infection) and deglycerized licorice, as well as zinc for inflammation, all of which I discuss here.
Vitamin U, or methylmethionine sulfonium chloride (MMSC), got its name from the Latin ulcus meaning sore or ulcer. The U essentially stands for ulcer!