20 Natural Antibiotics That Don’t Require A Prescription

The misuse of pharmaceutical antibiotics has become a major problem in medicine. Long touted as a panacea for bacterial disease, their skyrocketing usage rates have made them less and less effective at combatting the diseases they were designed to cure.

Pharmaceutical antibiotics are also known to have dangerous side effects, like nausea and diarrhea. Additionally, frequent consumption of antibiotics can affect the balance of the human microbiota, increasing the risk of diabetes, obesity, and chronic bacterial infection.

Incorporating more natural antibiotics into your diet is a great way to enjoy the anti-bacterial properties of pharmaceuticals with a lower risk of side effects.

 

1. Garlic

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For centuries, garlic has been used for the treatment and prevention of illness. It is only in recent years that scientific research has proven the medicinal properties of the herb. The primary element behind the antibacterial properties of garlic is a compound known as allicin. Allicin prevents the cultivation of biofilms, inhibiting the growth of bacteria. It’s ability to stop the growth of biofilm that makes garlic so effective for chronic infections like cystic fibrosis. Allicin has also shown to be potent in treating many bacteria strains that have proven resistant to pharmaceutical antibiotics.

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