If you suffer from urinary tract infections (UTI’s) caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria there could be new hope on the horizon in the form of garlic.

A recent paper by scientists at the Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences in India found garlic extract (even crude garlic) to be effective against bacteria that were resistant to antibiotics. It is the allicin and other sulphur compounds that are the antimicrobial components of garlic.

In the study 56% of the 166 UTI bacteria were resistant to antibiotics but 82% of these resistant bacteria succumbed to the power of garlic. The research team finish the study by saying there is further work needed but for now their discovery shows promise.

If you suffer from frequent urinary tract infections try adding a couple of cloves of garlic to your food every day or if you prefer, you can take it in capsule form.