As billions are spent on highly powerful antibiotics that are ‘bigger and better’ than their predecessors, a medieval home remedy has been making headlines. As researchers from the US and Britain just found out, there’s something about this concoction that kills superbugs completely – without the use of pharmaceutical antibiotics, injections, or blood transfusions.
Dating back to the the 10th century, the recipe for the remedy demands garlic, onions, and leek combined with wine and the bile of a cow’s stomach. In other words, it’s known infection crushers mixed with an odd combination of bile. A weird recipe that actually works to not only clear up eye infections and styes at large, but kills MRSA superbugs.
“Dr. Christina Lee, a professor at the School of English at Nottingham University, recreated the treatment to see if it could work as a modern-day remedy. To her surprise, it not only cleared up styes, but also worked effectively against the potentially deadly superbug.
The Telegraph reports that the mixture killed about 999 of 1,000 MRSA bacterial cells present in mice wounds. Dr. Kendra Rumbaugh of Texas Tech University, told the Telegraph that the 1,000-year-old remedy worked “as good, if not better than” traditional antibiotics.”
Why This Remedy Really Works
Lee’s report, as well as the media reports on the subject, go on to state that they simply have ‘no idea’ why the remedy works. The reality, here, however, is that the remedy most likely works largely in part because of its inclusion of onions and garlic. We have known for quite some time that special sulfur compounds in garlic are extremely capable of killing bad bacteria (and even preventing cancer).
In fact, the amazing properties of garlic are quite notorious among cultures who have been using garlic in their dishes for countless years. Scientists believe that the role of garlic in cancer prevention quite possibly has to do with the way that garlic boosts the production of something known as hydrogen sulfide. It is this very substance that also protects the heart. Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine found that directly injecting hydrogen sulfide into mice almost completely stopped damage to heart muscles as a result of heart attack.
“People have known garlic was important and has health benefits for centuries,” said Dr. David W. Kraus
The recent findings regarding this medieval age remedy remind us to include powerful superfoods like onions and garlic in our daily lives in order to reap the benefits. No cow stomach bile needed.