Garlic may combat MRSA, study suggests.
The Chicago Tribune (11/14, Deardorff) reports, "Garlic, well known for its natural antibiotic properties, contains an ingredient that has been shown to effectively kill methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)," according to several studies. The Chinese first mentioned garlic "2,000 years ago in...medical literature," and Aristotle and Hippocrates also used the pungent remedy. Ron Cutler of the University of East London "published research in 2004" that showed the compound allicin, which is found in garlic, "kills several different strains of MRSA." Garlic "can be used as an antiseptic and antibacterial because it stops micro-organisms such as bacteria from reproducing." Another advantage of garlic is that "unlike modern antibiotics, the body does not seem to build up a resistance to garlic," according to researchers. Currently, investigators, "including Cutler, are working to develop so-called stabilized allicin products, including spraying liquids, creams and oral capsules."