Amidst growing concern over the overuse of prescription antibiotics which can lead to the development of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria, many medical experts are taking a new look at natural, safe antibiotic alternatives. Most of these may be as close as your backyard garden or your local health food store.
Several berry plants have been shown to provide antibiotic benefits. Cranberries have long been used by women to prevent and cure urinary tract infections, and in the 1990s, scientists working in Tel Aviv discovered that the monosaccharide fructose present in both cranberry and blueberry juices inhibited the growth of bacteria. Likewise, raspberry juice has been used as a folk remedy in Australia for treating various bacterial infections, and researchers from the School of Biomedical Sciences at Australia’s Charles Stuart University have verified that raspberry extracts significantly reduced the growth of several species of bacteria, including salmonella, shigella and E. coli.
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