Can Garlic be Useful as an antimicrobial for Resistant Urinary Tract Infections?

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Recent research on garlic as antimicrobial, published in the Pertanika Journal of Tropical Agricultural Science concluded that garlic extract may be an effective weapon against multidrug resistant strains of pathogenic bacteria associated with urinary tract infections (UTI). The researchers said “even crude extracts of garlic showed good antimicrobial activity against multidrug resistant strains where antibiotic therapy had limited or no effect.”

In the study, researchers found that 56% of the 166 bacteria strains isolated from the urine of people with UTI showed a high degree of resistance to antibiotics. The study also showed about 82% of the antibiotic resistant bacteria were susceptible to a crude aqueous extract of antimicrobial Allium sativum. The authors conclude, “there is evidence that garlic has potential in the treatment of UTI and maybe other microbial infections. However, it is necessary to determine the bioavailability, side effects and pharmacokinetic properties in more detail.”


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