Antibiotics have revolutionized medicine since their discovery and have allowed its advance. They make it possible to fight against a good number of bacteria, which can generate serious and sometimes fatal diseases. Among the antibiotics discovered is penicillin, the merit of which belongs to Alexander Fleming. But what about natural antibiotics?

For thousands of years, antibiotics have been used, but of course in the form of natural products. Moreover, traces of tetracycline in the bones of ancient peoples have been discovered by anthropologists.

Thus, we can tap into nature all natural foods and ingredients, able to act as an antibiotic.

Natural antibiotics
1. Ginger
The ginger compound, especially gingerol, gives it the property of an antibacterial agent and a very powerful antioxidant against bacteria and influenza illnesses.
Tip: an infusion of ginger with lemon is effective especially during the winter period.

2. Garlic
Garlic is known as an antibacterial and a powerful antifungal agent to fight many infections. Garlic contains allyl sulfide which helps fight the germs of the intestines. According to a recent study by the University of Washington, the effect of allicin in garlic is effective on Group B streptococci.

3. Cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is made from fermented apples. Its acidity gives it a powerful antibacterial effect. It thus makes it possible to eradicate Staphylococcus as well as Pseudomonas aeruginosa and other yeasts and fungi because of its richness in malic acid with antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal powers.

4. The olive leaves
The olive tree has been recognized as an antibacterial par excellence, especially by its leaves and flowers. A study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research, has demonstrated the antimicrobial properties of its leaves. In fact, olive leaves contain phenolic compounds that prevent and destroy bacteria and fungi.

5. The onion
The onion has phytochemical properties. It is ideal to reduce fever, eliminate ear infections, relieve nausea, relieve breathing problems. This food has the same medicinal properties as garlic.

6. Vitamin C
Vitamin C stimulates the immune system to fight pathogens and stimulate the natural response of antibodies. You will find this vitamin in citrus fruits, papaya, kiwi, green leafy vegetables.

7. The grapefruit seed
Grapefruit seed extract is a natural antibiotic used to treat bacterial infection. The active ingredients are coumarins, flavonoids, terpenes and amino acids, which give it its effectiveness as an antibacterial agent. It is also effective in case of viral infection.

8. Horseradish
Horseradish is a condiment that contains mineral salts and trace elements as well as vitamins (C, B2, B3, and B6). Glucosinolates confer the pungent taste of horseradish. The enzyme called myrosinase converts glucosinolates into active ingredients with antibacterial and antifungal properties.

9. Eucalyptus
The essential oil is all the more powerful thanks to eucalyptus leaves that give it antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, to decongest the nose, for well-being and even for massages. This oil is effective for treating asthma, bronchitis, as well as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

10. Manuka honey
Manuka honey comes from New Zealand. Its characteristic is that it contains a molecule called methylglyoxal. It gives it a powerful antibacterial power. It is used to fight against Staphylococcus aureus and Helicobacter pylori which cause ulcers in the stomach.

11. Goldenseal
Goldenseal is a plant that contains a compound called berberine that fights bacteria, parasites and fungi. It strengthens the immune system and can be used as an infusion.

12. Myrrh
It is a natural gum obtained from the myrrh tree Commiphora. The essential oil of myrrh contains sesquiterpenes, furanosesquiterpenes and triterpenes which give it the quality of anti-infectious, effective to fight against cough, syphilis and fungal infections. It is a powerful antibiotic that increases the production of white blood cells, thus treating several diseases.

13. Echinacea
Echinacea is one of the best-known herbs in central and eastern North America. It is known to reduce respiratory infections and other vaginal yeast infections thanks to its extracts (purpurea and angustifolia). Like myrrh, it has a stimulated effect

14. Cinnamon
Cinnamon contains compounds called eugenol and cinnamaldehyde that can fight bacteria such as Staphylococcus and Escherichia coli. It is used in Ayurvedic medicine as a stimulant, antifungal, antidiarrheal, antiemetic and anti-flatulent.

Warnings :

  • Certain foods, herbs and spices can interfere with your medications. Please consult your doctor if you take these foods.
  • Ginger is not recommended for pregnant women or people suffering from blood or diabetic diseases
  • Garlic is not recommended for people with porphyria and lactating women
  • Goldenseal is not recommended for pregnant women and people with high blood pressure, heart and liver problems.

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