Healthy Friday: 10 natural antibiotics waging war against superbugs

As we developed ways of fighting harmful bacteria in our bodies, the bacteria were simultaneously developing ways to fight back.

Ways to deal with the issue of antibiotic resistance need to be found to regain the advantage over harmful microorganisms.

The move towards natural remedies

Many people are turning to natural antibiotics to fight milder infections in order to limit the widespread presence of antibiotic-resistant bugs.

To go about this in the correct manner, it’s important to understand the types of antibiotics there are and what they do.

What do natural antibiotics do?

Antibiotics fight bacteria, fungi and some parasites, but not viruses. What is commonly referred to as flu is a viral infection. Antibiotics don’t work for viral infections and neither do natural antibiotics.

Natural antibiotics can be divided into antibacterials and antifungals. Medicinal antibiotics are usually designed to fight both but natural antibiotics usually have very specific functions.

Speak to your doctor about the kind of natural antibiotic appropriate for your specific condition.

Natural antibacterials

Antibacterials are used against E. Coli or Salmonella, H. pylori, ear infections, strep throat, or wound infections.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Ginger extract

Onion extract

Horseradish root

Habenero peppers


Garlic extract

Echinacea root extract

Raw honey

Oregano essential oil

Natural antifungals

Anti-fungals are used against candida albicans overgrowth, athlete’s foot, skin rashes or yeast infections.

  • Echinacea root extract
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Ginger extract
  • Turmeric
  • Raw honey extract

These ingredients are usually available in supplement or tincture form. Speak to your doctor about the correct dose.

You can also eat all of these whole foods on a daily basis to help with prevention.

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