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Horseradish: Nature’s next big antibiotic?

Horseradish: Nature’s next big antibiotic?

Lately, we have talked a lot about the subject of antibiotics. While these substances can be great for you in natural forms, they are being way over-prescribed.

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.

This is why it is important to eat foods with natural antibiotic properties instead whenever possible.

Medical research has shown that horseradish has been as effective or even more effective than many conventional drugs. Horseradish may help prevent diseases too. Healthy and Natural World explains:

“Empirical research has now proved what our ancestors intuitively already knew. When treating certain conditions, horseradish is just as effective as chemically-synthesized antibiotics and it can sometimes even be superior to over-the-counter drugs.

Horseradish is particularly potent in the treatment of sinusitis and it clears upper respiratory passages, which helps with cold, influenza and lung congestion … When used as a natural drug, it comes without any side effects. At the same time, it provides us with some distinct culinary enjoyment.”

According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, a leading health expert and physician, there are certain ways you should eat horseradish to unlock full benefits. “It’s important to remember that heating horseradish can significantly alter the strength of the many healing compounds it contains, so eating it raw is recommended,” Mercola explains.

Horseradish may help with the following symptoms, according to the Baseline of Health Foundation:

• Respiratory problems
• Gout
• Sciatic nerve pain
• Dandruff
• Cancer
• Edema (water retention)
• Coughs, colds and asthma
• Skin blemishes and dandruff
• Gallbladder disorders
• Intestinal parasites
• Colic
• Headaches

Even Mother Earth News weighed in on the potent benefits of horseradish: “Ounce for ounce, horseradish contains more medicinally active compounds than most other spices.

And they are very active — they can clear congestion, thin mucous, reduce inflammation, squelch cell-damaging oxidants, fight bacteria and viruses, relax muscles, stimulate the immune system — and even battle cancer. That makes the humble horseradish one special spice.”

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1. “Is Horseradish Nature’s Best Antibiotic?, n.d. Web. 12 Apr. 2017.
2. “Only a Few Grams of This Plant Can Clear Your Sinus Infection and Bronchitis.” Healthy and Natural World. N.p., 22 Dec. 2016. Web. 12 Apr. 2017.
3. “The Healing Powers of Raw Horseradish: A Natural Antibiotic.” Mother Earth News. Mother Earth News, 31 Mar. 2014. Web. 12 Apr. 2017.

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