Taking natural antibiotics instead of, or in addition to, prescription antibiotics can help fight bacterial infection and prevent disease. There are many types of natural antibiotics, including live natural bacteria found in the body, as well as various vitamins, herbs and plants. Natural antibiotics can be useful in fighting infection without the risk of your body developing resistance.
Antibiotics should really be a last resort when you are feeling unwell, and the misuse of them is leading to more and more bugs becoming resistant to antibiotics. These “superbugs”, such as MRSA, are very difficult to treat, and according to Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO, “the rise of antibiotic resistance is a global health crisis. It is reaching dangerously high levels in all parts of the world.”
Raw horseradish has long been used for its medicinal properties, with its healing components being thought to ease colds, coughs, kidney stones and even urinary tract infections (UTIs), according to Dr. John Christopher’s Herbal Legacy.
Horseradish Health Benefits
The primary ingredient of the horseradish plant is its thick white roots, which, when sliced, release enzymes that break down a compound called sinigrin. This in turn triggers the release of mustard oil, which produces the pungent smell and taste that horseradish is known for.
Horseradish contains a volatile oil called sinigrin, which is broken down in the body to produce allyl isothiocyanate – a powerful natural antibiotic.
Horseradish contains mustard oil and the presence of allyl isothiocyanate gives it the antibacterial punch. Horseradish is also a powerhouse of vitamin C – raw, it contains 79.31 mg of vitamin C per 100g. It is high in many essential minerals and other health-promoting substances, including calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, glutamine, glucose, acid sulfate and essential oils.
Its effectiveness at treating various conditions has led to it being a commonly used natural medicine in Germany as part of a formulation called Angocin Anti-Infekt N. Several studies have shown that this medication is very effective at treating both UTIs and respiratory infections.
How to Use Horseradish Instead of Antibiotics
According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, a leading health expert and physician, there are certain ways you should eat horseradish to unlock full benefits. “It’s important to remember that heating horseradish can significantly alter the strength of the many healing compounds it contains, so eating it raw is recommended,” Mercola explains.
Horseradish may help with the following symptoms, according to the Baseline of Health Foundation:
• Respiratory problems
• Sciatic nerve pain
• Edema (water retention)
• Coughs, colds and asthma
• Skin blemishes and dandruff
• Gallbladder disorders
• Intestinal parasites
Horseradish powerful concoction
1 large horseradish root (6 inches)
1 tablespoon honey (preferably raw, organic).
Grate fresh horseradish. Mix with lemon juice and honey and put into a jar. Seal the jar with an airtight lid and leave for 24 hours. Take 1 tablespoon of this powerful mixture 3 to 4 times per day. Don’t dilute with water. If it burns your throat and sinuses, this is a good indication that it’s working.