Topically or orally, some foods have antimicrobial, antifungal and antiviral power
Traditional medicine has long used plants and natural products as natural remedies to combat different types of diseases caused by viruses, fungi and bacteria.
Scientists have analyzed a wide variety of foods that are credited with healing properties against infections and has found that some of them do have effects antimicrobial, antifungal and antiviral. Here are five examples:
Honey has been used for thousands of years against various ills, including inflammations, stomach and throat infections, wounds, and burns.
Studies have proven that honey has antimicrobial activities against antibiotic resistant organisms and that favors cicatrization. Its mechanism has been related to the production of hydrogen peroxide, its low pH level and high sugar content (high osmolarity) which is enough to hinder the growth of microbes.
It should be applied directly on the wound or infected part. As for stomach infections When taken orally in its pure, undiluted form, this honey can help speed recovery from such infections.
The locally produced honeys They have better antibacterial activity comparable to commercial honeys.
The antibacterial activity of garlic is widely attributed to allicin.
Historically, it is believed that Louis Pasteur described the antibacterial effect of garlic in 1858 for the first time, although no references are available.
Various research have shown that garlic is effective against a large number of acid resistant bacteria. These include Salmonella, Escherichia coli Staphylococcus aureus, Mycobacterium and Helicobacter.
Compounds in cinnamon have properties antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic and antimicrobial.
Cinnamon oil can help treat some types of yeast infections. A study A laboratory study found that cinnamon oil was effective against a type of Candida It affects the bloodstream.
Cinnamon can also help heal wounds, thanks to its strong antibacterial properties. A test tube study found that cinnamon oil helps protect against antibiotic resistant bacteria.
It is worth mentioning that the studies used cinnamon oil, which is more concentrated than cinnamon powder, for which there is no evidence that it has the same effect.
Ginger inhibits the growth of different bacteria, fungi and viruses
Most sore throats are caused by viruses. This includes common colds, flu, and mononucleosis. Cold medicine cannot kill viruses. However, research show that ginger promotes the immune response to kill viruses.
To fight viruses it is more effective when consumed fresh than dry. As in the case of Human Respiratory Syncytial Virus (HRSV).
Thyme is used to combat bacterial and fungal infections. It is ingested in infusions, oil or applied directly.
In a study conducted by the National Autonomous University of Mexico it was found that the Thyme extract inhibits the growth of bacterial strains such as Escherichia coli by 100% ATCC25922, Salmonella sp-2, Shigella sonnei-2, Shigella flexneri-1 and Shigella flexneri-2
Thyme has a better activity than chloramphenicol and trimethoprim in all bacterial strains. Even trimethoprim is not efficient against Shigella sonnei-2, it only shows 30 percent activity compared to thyme.