Oil of Oregano is an effective agent against chronic infections of all sorts, but now we know that garlic extract has a similar antimicrobial activity. It’s especially effective against drug resistant strains of pathogenic bacteria associated with urinary tract infections (UTIs). Garlic offers a viable solution to antibiotic resistance when treating Escherichia coli (E. coli) caused UTIs.
Garlic has a broad range of antimicrobial benefits against many other pathogens as well. It has been traditionally used for the treatment of bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses. Ajoene, a natural product of allicin degradation, exhibits broad spectrum antimicrobial activity and demonstrates the greatest activity, compared to even allicin and other garlic extracts.
It has been shown to inhibit the growth of bacteria such as E.coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella pneumonia, and Candida albicans. It’s the compound that is released when we allow crushed garlic to sit for 20 minutes before adding it to food or ingesting it.
In a recent study, conducted at the Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences in India, researchers found that 56% of 166 bacteria strains isolated from the urine of individuals with UTIs showed a significant amount of resistance to antibiotics, while an impressive 82% of the bacteria were sensitive to the garlic extract. Many antibiotics fail against evolved forms of these pathogens, whereas the botanicals remain effective.
Here’s an entire protocol of how to prevent UTIs, especially if they have become chronic.