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Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Found To Be Vulnerable To Garlic Extract

July 25, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
The most common treatment for urinary tract infection (UTI) is antibiotics, but there is increased resistance to antibiotics from a growing number of bacterial strains. Research conducted in India finds that garlic extract fights these resistant strains of pathogenic bacteria in the urinary tract. The discovery could lead to development of alternative drugs to treat urinary tract infections, the second most common infectious disease encountered by healthcare practitioners. The Indian researchers found that 93 of 166 bacteria strains isolated from the urine of people with UTI were highly resistant to antibiotics, but 76 of those 93 were vulnerable to garlic extract.
Shivani Gupta et al., "Garlic: An Effective Functional Food to Combat the Growing Antimicrobial Resistance", Pertanika Journal of Tropical Agricultural Science, July 25, 2015, © Gupta et al.
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