When Sir Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928, the medical community believed they had acquired a tool that could save the world. However, today with its over usage penicillin, and all of it’s drug derivatives, have become the nightmare of growing super-bugs.
With each of these new powerful, drug-resistant bacteria discoveries, the medical community works tirelessly to find a drug form that will eradicate it. Sometimes they are successful, and sometimes not in time for so many others.
While the medical researchers work to predict the next super-bug in line, the rest of us might be better off searching out natural substances to protect ourselves. After all, many times health care providers has little to offer for relief of viruses
There are natural substances that contain antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. These herbs and foods are safe, with no side effects, unless you have a natural allergy towards them. You may not even have to make a trip down to your local grocers or health food store, as some of these natural substances might be found right in the kitchen cupboard. In addition to the list below, you can use these superfoods to further increase your chances when fightting super-bugs in a natural way.
Garlic has been used as a medicine for over 5,000 years. It has been shown to be effective, both as a preventative and a remedy for many conditions and diseases. As a general usage, garlic acts as a blood-thinner for a natural component against heart disease. It aids in the lowering of blood pressure, while acting as an anti-clotting component. Recent medical studies have shown that garlic works to slow and even prevent the growth of cancer cells. In the past, garlic was used to eradicate the black plague. It destroys many viruses and fungal infections. However, don’t swallow the garlic clove hole. It must be crushed or chewed to emit the useful agent, alliin. As a bonus, this natural food contains sulfur, which detoxifies the body, eliminating carcinogens.
In addition to killing viruses and fungal infections, garlic works as a natural antibiotic which does not weaken in the presence of super-bugs. Its sulfur component works to stimulate the immune system, while eradicating inflammation.
Echinacea is another natural antibiotic. It encourages the body to produce the protein interferon. Interferon works to protect body cells against viruses. This agent also acts as a blood cleanser, activating white blood cells, which fights bacterial and viral infections. In the past Echinacea was used as an agent against blood poisoning, syphilis, wounds and diphtheria. Although, today it is advertised as a fighting agent against colds and flu, it actually has the ability to destroy super-bug viruses. This herb can be used as a supplement or in tea form.
Astragalus is a long-time popular herb used within Chinese Medicine. The immune boosting properties of this herb has shown to be particularly effective in fighting viral infections, especially when used to eradicate the flu or common cold. Aside from the anti-viral component of astragalus, it is usually touted as a life prolonging extract. And, in fact, a recent study, published in the Journal of Immunology, has shown how this herb does reduce the aging process in cells. This immune booster can be eaten raw, boiled or in supplement form.
Licorice has been used for centuries in Chinese medicine as an antiviral. This herb works against a wide variety of viruses. The herb blocks, as well as inhibits viruses from penetrating body cells. It is also used as an effective fighter against yeast, bacteria and fungi. However, those with high blood pressure should not use licorice as it can cause the body to retain sodium and may cause potassium loss.
You may have used ginger as a natural motion sickness remedy. However, it also has antiviral and antiseptic components that work exceedingly well for stomach infections. It works in either the dried or fresh form. In addition it is a liver protective. Ginger root can be eaten raw, cooked or in supplemental form. As an added benefit, in recent studies, ginger has been shown to lower cholesterol.
Jeremy Haze is a blogger, fitness fanatic and personal trainer from Brisbane, Australia, who samples all the new stuff and writes about the results. Currently he is testing some of USP Labs products – click here to find out more.