Research on Foods with Antifungal, Antibacterial and Antiviral Properties ( Part 1 of Series)

Sharing natural health research is one of the best ways to help everyone make informed choices about their health and lifestyle. 

Most research is just that… research, not done on humans… (not at first) and most does not draw strict conclusions. But, and it’s a big ‘BUT’ … Research as it continues, shows us the way… the way to conclusions that lead to better health, cures, preventions and treatments! My personal take… If research is pointing me in a direction that won’t hurt me… I don’t have time to wait for the ‘conclusion’… which may take years, even decades to come!

With that in mind, we thought you may find the following research particularly interesting.

Foods, Spices and Herbs with Substantial Antifungal, Antibacterial and Antiviral Properties:

  1. ECHINACEA – Echinacea is one of the most popularly used (results of 2019 poll says it’s #2 in popularity!) ingredients in herbal medicine due to its impressive health-promoting properties. Extracts of Echinacea species have been used traditionally for the control of symptoms of colds, influenza, and other diseases. Recent studies have revealed that preparations derived from certain species and plant parts possess potent antiviral activities. An in depth review of studies on Echinacea and its multiple beneficial actions in the treatment of viral respiratory infections is published on the US National Library Medicine, National Institutes of Health website (titled: Echinacea – A Source of Potent Antivirals for Respiratory Virus Infections). 3
  2. GARLIC – Most likely a staple of any kitchen:  Garlic can enhance not only the flavor, but the health quotient of most any food!  Throughout history, our ancestors have recognized the potential use of garlic for prevention and treatment of different diseases. Today, there are studies that support the effects of garlic. These studies raised the possibility of garlic in reducing the risk for cardiovascular diseases, showing benefit on high blood glucose concentration, having anti-tumor, anti-microbial, antifungal, and antiviral effects. 2
  3. CLOVE (Syzygium aromaticum) –  When most of us think of cloves… we think of it as a spice used in cooking and baking foods.  But, Clove is one of the most valuable spices that has been used for centuries for many medicinal purposes.  Among other important properties, the antioxidant and antimicrobial activity of clove is higher than many fruits, vegetables and other spices.  Several scientific reports highlight the most important medicinally relevant properties of clove. These reports show the high antioxidant, antimicrobial, antifungal and antiviral properties of the clove spice. 1
  4. BLACK WALNUT EXTRACT FROM GREEN HUSKS – Black walnuts, consist of a kernel, a dry outer covering known as a hull, and a hard shell. The kernel is the part of the walnut that’s commonly eaten raw or roasted and can be pressed for oil. The hulls contain antioxidants and are used for medicinal purposes, such as to treat parasitic infections or decrease inflammation.4  In addition, black walnut hulls have unique antibacterial properties, making the hulls useful for naturally treating bacterial infections.  Walnut green husk (WGH) extract has been known as potential preventive and therapeutic antioxidants and antimicrobials due to its high polyphenol content.5

1 Published US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, v. 4(1), 2014 Feb.

2 Published US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, v. 4(1), 2014 Jan-Feb.

3 Published US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, v. 4(7), 2011 July

4 Published US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Abstract, pubmed/28265357

5 Published US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Abstract, pubmed/30598739

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