Garlic, an Effective Tool to Fight Resistant UTI Bacteria
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Garlic, an Effective Tool to Fight Resistant UTI Bacteria

Authored by DesiMD Doctor on 16 Jul 2015 - 11:40


Garlic could prove to be an effective tool against many strains of resistant bacteria that cause urinary tract infection, say research findings from the Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences in India.

The researchers found that even using crude extracts of garlic could be helpful to fight the bacteria that have been resistant to other antibiotic therapies. This brings hope to develop new drugs that could fight Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) more effectively.

UTI is a common condition that affects billions of people every year, and given the emerging antibiotic resistance, dealing with the condition has become challenging.

Garlic has already been in use as a treatment for several disorders since the ancient times, and has the power to target many viruses, bacteria, fungi and other pathogens. It is believed that Allicin and other compounds that are present in garlic possess antimicrobial properties.

The researchers found that garlic managed to tackle almost 56% of the 166 strains of multidrug resistant strains of bacteria, that were taken from the urine of individuals suffering from UTI.

"To conclude, there is evidence that garlic has potential in the treatment of UTI and maybe other microbial infections," the researchers add. "However, it is necessary to determine the bioavailability, side effects and pharmacokinetic properties in more detail."


Reference: Pertanika Journal of Tropical Agricultural Science



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