Top 12 Natural Antibacterial Foods

HONEY
Honey is one of the most well-known antibacterial foods in the world.

It has been used for centuries in many different cultures as a medicinal food, and according to data archived in the National Library of Medicine, this is because honey contains high sugar concentration, hydrogen peroxide, low pH, methylglyoxal and the antimicrobial peptide bee defensin-1.

The antibacterial properties of honey are so complex, experts are looking at it as a means to combat antibiotic-resistant pathogens.

CABBAGE
While cooked cabbage can lose much of its nutritional value, raw cabbage and cabbage juice are both excellent when it comes to warding off illness.

The RBCS Group indicates cabbage has been found to combat H. Pylori bacteria, which has been identified as a major cause of stomach ulcers.

Cabbage may also be beneficial for prevention of bladder infections and obstructive jaundice.

FERMENTED FOODS
Fermented foods are important when it comes to antibacterial protection because they offer all the protection of regular foods (like cabbage) but with a probiotic additive.

Probiotics are important for warding off illness because they help keep the balance of microflora in the intestinal tract.

HORSERADISH
While it’s difficult for some people to eat a lot of horseradish, being able to stomach this spicy food will benefit your health.

Horseradish, according to NYU Langone Medical Center, was proven back in the 1950’s to have antimicrobial properties.

It is approved for use in Germany as a supportive therapy for certain infections such as urinary tract infections, respiratory infections and sinusitis, and i is regarded as one of the best antibacterial foods.

LEMON
A number of studies have been led on the antibacterial properties of lemons.

Data published in the British Journal of Pharmacology and Toxicology, revealed lemons contained both coumarin and tetrazine, both compounds effective against a number of pathogens.

Lemons, like garlic and onions, are used both internally and externally for medicinal purposes and as natural antibacterial foods.

PINEAPPLE
Pineapple is both nutritious and full of antibacterial properties.

This tropical fruit contains bromelain, which is effective against certain infections of the throat and mouth. It has a history of use in diphtheria patients as a mouthwash to remove dead membranes from the throat.

CURD
Milk curd is considered one of the most potent antibacterial foods, similar to yogurt when it comes to preventing illness.

Curd not only contains the nutritional value of milk, it also contains the bacteria used in the culturing process. This bacteria used to make milk curd destroys other pathogens and can help promote intestinal tract health.

TURMERIC
Turmeric is one of the antibacterial foods with solid scientific data to back up its health benefits.

National Library of Medicine research indicates the essential oil which gives turmeric its color is what also gives it potent antibacterial properties.

Studies have shown it to be effective against Bacillus cereus, Bacillus coagulans, Bacillus subtilis, Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

GINGER
Ginger is a root vegetable historically used to treat respiratory infections.

Compounds in this plant called gingerols have been found to be effective against at least several gram-negative pathogens as well as a number of pathogens found in the mouth, according to the National Library of Medicine.

CARROT
Carrots are usually recognized for their vision benefits, but carrots also have antibacterial properties.

This food is particularly effective against food-borne pathogens. What’s more, carrots seem to be resistant against spoilage pathogens, meaning they are also less likely to cause food poisoning.

ONIONS AND GARLIC
Care2 indicates onions and garlic have traditionally been used both internally and externally for their antibacterial properties.

The sulfur compounds in these plant bulbs are what gives them their potent anti-pathogen traits, and both have shown efficacy against Staph infections.

Onions and garlic are also beneficial for their antifungal properties and the ability to combat free radicals in the body (to prevent cancer).

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