Garlic extract combats antibiotic-resistant urinary tract infections

Natural Health News – garlic extract may be an effective weapon against multidrug resistant drugs strains of pathogenic bacteria associated with urinary tract infections (UTI).

Urinary tract infection is the second most common in the practice of infectious disease community. Worldwide, about 150 million people each year are diagnosed with urinary tract infection, at a total cost of treatment in the billions of dollars. What you need to know

Urinary tract infections are becoming more difficult to treat with antibiotics, since bacteria are becoming resistant.

Indian researchers conclude that garlic extract may be effective against multidrug resistant strains of bacteria and can serve as a basis for a new effective treatment.

Although IU is usually treated with antibiotics, “the emerging antimicrobial resistance forces us to look back on traditional medicines or herbal products, which can provide appropriate / acceptable alternative solutions,” the authors argue.

nder ( Allium sativum ) has been traditionally used to treat diseases since ancient times. A wide range of microorganisms – including bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses – are known to be sensitive to garlic preparations. Allicin and other sulfur compounds are believed to be major factors in garlic antimicrobials.

In this study, published in Pertanika Journal of Tropical Agricultural Sciences the team found that 56% of 166 strains of bacteria isolated from the urine of people with IU they showed a high degree of antibiotic resistance. However, approximately 82% of antibiotic-resistant bacteria were susceptible to an aqueous crude extract Allium sativum . According to the researchers, “ours is the first study reporting the antibacterial activity of aqueous extract of garlic against bacterial strains resistant to multiple drugs from urine samples of infected leading to IU.”

Researchers at the Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences India, added that “This offers hope for the development of alternative drugs that may help in the fight against the growing threat of antibacterial resistance.”

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