Popular kitchen remedy beats antibiotics

Popular kitchen remedy beats antibiotics

A popular kitchen remedy beats antibiotics, according to a mounting list of scientific and medical evidence. That remedy is: garlic.

The overuse of antibiotics is now an epidemic in the United States and it is creating antibiotic resistance.

They are prescribed for almost everything.

The issue with taking too many antibiotics is that they kill good bacteria in the gut, which makes it more difficult to fight infections in the future.

The immune system gets used to them and creates antibiotic resistance.

A report published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that in 2010, health care providers prescribed “258.0 million courses of antibiotics in 2010, or 833 prescriptions per 1000 persons.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now reporting that the infectious organisms that antibiotics usually target have adapted to the drugs, because they have been used for so long.

Garlic has long been known as one of nature’s true medicines. It is a potent immune booster, helps lower cholesterol, aids in the body’s natural detox process, and has powerful anti-inflammatory properties.

Studies have shown that it can rival many types of antibiotics as well.

Garlic versus antibiotics for vaginal infections

In a study published in the journal Plos One, the results showed that garlic performed better than traditional drug Metronidazole for the condition bacterial vaginosis.

Not only did garlic perform better, but it was also associated with less side effects than Metronidazole.

The study authors concluded: “This study reveals that garlic could be a suitable alternative for metronidazole in treatment of BV in those interested in herbal medicines or those affected by side effects of metronidazole.”

This is not the first study to show the antibiotic benefits of garlic, as a study published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy showed that garlic extract helped fight Helicobacter pylori, which is a bacteria that can attack the stomach lining.

Garlic fights urinary tract infections

New research from the Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences in India now shows that garlic may fight antimicrobial resistant urinary tract infections.

The researchers noted: “Even crude extracts of [garlic] showed good activity against multidrug resistant strains where antibiotic therapy had limited or no effect. This provides hope for developing alternative drugs which may be of help in fighting the menace of growing antibacterial resistance.”

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