Have you ever heard of the phrase, “Stinking Rose?” Well it’s another name for garlic. No one seems to know how it originated, since garlic is part of the lily family which includes tulips, onions, and chives.
So how exactly can this stinking rose be used as a natural antibiotic and is it effective?
The oldest use of garlic dates back to China, over 5,000 years ago. Fresh garlic was used as a natural antibiotic in ancient Chinese medicine. Reports from World War I showed that British soldiers chopped up garlic and put it on as a battle dressing to treat infected wounds. Medical records from the past confirm that it was more effective than antibiotics!
What makes fresh garlic so powerful is over 200 active components. Which include volatile oils, sulphur, enzymes, and amino acids.
Recent studies have shown that fresh garlic has been found to work better than most prescription strength antibiotics such as erythromycin and ciprofloxacin.
Allicin – The Most Important Anti-Bacterial Agent in Garlic
Garlic’s strong antibiotic properties are only released when chopped, chewed, or crushed, and comes from the compound allicin.
Most of the natural antibiotic benefits of garlic are packed within in its allicin content. Over 80 sulfur and bioflavonoid compounds like querctin and cyanidian are the disease preventers and infection fighters found in garlic.
Allicin also releases hydrogen sulfide, which has a relaxing effect on blood vessels, lowers blood pressure, and decreases the risk of heart attack.
Its anti-fungal properties make it ideal as a natural antibiotic to fight against sickness and infections as a natural alternative to pharmaceutical antibiotics.
This member of the allium family has been studied not only for its benefits in controlling infection by bacteria and viruses, but also preventing infection from other microbes including yeast, fungi and worms.
Allicin in garlic also kills the intestinal fungus known as Candida. This fungus can run wild in the body if your diet is high in refined sugar and carbohydrates.
Garlic has been proven to kill a broad spectrum of bacteria and even parasites – while keeping the friendly bacteria in your intestine intact.
Benefits of Garlic as a Natural Antibiotic
Garlic kills a host of microbes and a potent compound in garlic called diallyll sulfide can reduce disease-causing bacteria found in our environment and food supply.
Some of the benefits of garlic as a natural antibiotic:
- Prevents food poisoning
- Protects against parasite infections
- Kills fungus and yeast infections
- Effective against viral infections
- Kills bacteria like helicobacter pylori, E. coli, Lactobacillus casei
- Can be used to clean food preparation surfaces
- Can be used as a natural preservative in foods like coleslaw, pasta and potato salads
- Reduce infection from cross contamination from surface or cooking utensils
- Reduce sickness from eating undercooked poultry
- Boosts the immune system and helps regulate the lymphatic system
Since once powerful antibiotics have lost their punch against ever mutating superbugs, scientists are now exploring natural remedies. Garlic can effectively treat bacterial infections in patients that have shown resistance to prescription antibiotics.
From the beginning of time the benefits of garlic have been proven and science is now catching up to this wonderful antibiotic alternative.
Allicin in garlic is what gives it the natural antibiotic properties. It is produced by crushing the garlic bulb. Once garlic is crushed or chopped its potency immediately begins to deteriorate, that’s why cooked garlic contains little to no medicinal value.
Note: Most of the research on garlic as an antibiotic has involved fresh garlic extracts and powered garlic products rather than fresh garlic in a whole food form.
Garlic’s natural antibiotic properties make it an essential healing food to have in your home…recent studies have discovered that garlic can even reduce risk of pancreatic cancer by 54% and protect against cardiovascular disease.
We recommend fresh garlic as a daily superfood to add to your meals! Click here to find out six health benefits of garlic.
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