If you were to ask me my all-time favorite natural remedy, it would be garlic. Not only does garlic posses truly outstanding health benefits, but it is powerful, effective and safe. It also helps that I grew up in an Italian household and smelling garlic brings back wonderful dinnertime memories! Ya feel me, fellow Guidettes!? Anyway, back to garlic!
Garlic is a power house of medicinal benefits. Benefits ranging from reducing inflammation, promoting cardiovascular health, boosting the immune system and even possibly suppressing and combating cancer growths. Among all of these wonderful health benefits, what remains the most amazing is that garlic stands up tall as a natural antibiotic and antibacterial agent, with reports of medicinal use that date back decades throughout our history. There are even anecdotes of garlic being used to ward off the plague!
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Garlic, nature’s antibiotic and conventional antibiotics really are no comparison. Garlic is much safer and has been studied to be just as effective, if not MORE effective than conventional antibiotics, since it works with your body and does not create antibiotic resistance.
However, please note that in life-threatening circumstances, antibiotics do play an important role. But for non-threatening infections (even ear infections), antibiotics should be avoided at all costs, especially the cost of your health.
Fun Garlic Fact: I have never needed to give either of my children antibiotics for ear infections. Every time the start of one seems to surface, I make garlic oil or mullein garlic oil and place a few drops in each ear. The pain resolves quickly and the infection does not return.
Dangers Of Conventional Antibiotics
- Antibiotics destroy beneficial gut flora, impacting immunity and overall wellness. Antibiotics kill many different bacteria, even the good ones that help keep the body healthy.
- Antibiotics do not work on viral infections.
- Frequent use of antibiotics can cause bacteria or other microbes to change so antibiotics no longer work, which is called bacterial resistance or antibiotic resistance.
- Antibiotic resistance increases the mutation of”super bugs” that are harder to get rid of and may cause severe health problems.
- Hospitalization stays increase. The further antibiotic resistance spreads, the more often common antibiotics—including many available as generics—must no longer be used. . This means that ridding patients of infection requires longer, more expensive forms of therapy.
The Power of Garlic As An Antibiotic: Evidence-Based Proof
Consuming garlic will give you zero of the listed adverse effects listed above. With garlic being a natural antibiotic, it is effective for both viral and bacterial infections…which cannot be said for conventional antibiotics.
Diallyl sulphide (DAS) and diallyl disulphide (DADS) extracted from garlic was stupid against meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection, a highly dangerous, antibiotic-resistant super bug. Garlic extract at 100% and 50%; diallyl sulphide (DAS) at 10% and 5%; diallyl disulphide (DADS) at 1% and 0.5% were used in this study.
- The oral administration of these agents significantly decreased the viability of MRSA, in plasma, liver, kidney and spleen of the mice.
- MRSA infection significantly increased fibronectin and interleukin-6 levels in plasma of MRSA-infected mice.
- The treatments of garlic extract and two diallyl sulphides significantly decreased the malondialdehyde level and showed antioxidant protection.
- Conclusions: These data strongly supported the conclusion that garlic extract, diallyl sulphide and diallyl disulphide possessed multiple protective functions against MRSA infection, in which diallyl sulphide and diallyl disulphide could be considered as novel therapeutic agents for the treatment of MRSA infection.
- The study is available here
Not only is garlic a great treatment of illness, but it also prevents respiratory infections from happening in the first place, which can never be said about conventional antibiotics. 146 volunteers were randomized to receive a placebo or an allicin-containing garlic supplement, one capsule daily, over a 12-week period between November and February. They used a five-point scale to assess their health and recorded any common cold infections and symptoms in a daily diary.
- The active-treatment group had significantly fewer colds than the placebo group (24 vs 65, P < .001).
- The placebo group, in contrast, recorded significantly more days challenged virally (366 vs 111, P < .05) and a significantly longer duration of symptoms (5.01 vs 1.52 days, P < .001).
- Consequently, volunteers in the active group were less likely to get a cold and recovered faster if infected. Volunteers taking placebo were much more likely to get more than one cold over the treatment period. An allicin-containing supplement can prevent attack by the common cold virus.
- The study is available here.
A recent 2012 study by the Washington State University states that a compound, diallyl sulphide, from garlic is 100 times more effective than two popular antibiotics (erythormycin and ciprofloxacin) used in the treatment of intestinal infections caused by the bacterium species Campylobacter bacterium.
- Diallyl sulphide eliminated planktonic cells and sessile cells in biofilms at a concentration that was at least 100-fold less than used for either ciprofloxacin or erythromycin on the basis of molarity.
- Diallyl sulphide destroyed the EPS structure of the C. jejuni biofilm, after which the sessile cells were killed in a similar manner as planktonic cells.
- Diallyl sulphide elicits strong antimicrobial activity against planktonic and sessile C. jejuni and may have applications for reducing the prevalence of this microbe in foods, biofilm reduction and, potentially, as an alternative chemotherapeutic agent for multidrug-resistant bacterial strains.
- The study is available here.
Additional Studies Proving Garlic As An Effective Antibiotic Treatment
Study: Garlic oil is effective against antibiotic-resistant bacteria
Study: Antibacterial activity of garlic extract on streptomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli
Study: Garlic inhibitory effect of garlic extract on oral bacteria
Study: An in-vitro evaluation of the efficacy of garlic extract as an antimicrobial agent on periodontal pathogens: A microbiological study
How To Reap Antibiotic Benefits Of Garlic
- Do not cook garlic. Eating raw, organic garlic produces best results. If you are not a total garlic lover like me and cannot bare the smell, try odorless garlic capsules. (supplements may not be as effective as the real deal).
- Eat a lot of it. If you are trying to prevent an on-coming illness, chop up 1-2 whole cloves and begin taking them throughout the day.
- If you are fighting an active infection, up your intake to 2-3 cloves. (These amounts have yet to be studied, but have been observed).
- Drink lots of water to flush out any toxins in your body.