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Antibiotic Resistance: Onions to the Rescue

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  • Certain antibacterial properties extracted from the Persian shallot — an onion relative and staple of Iranian cooking — have been shown to significantly reduce bacteria associated with tuberculosis (TB)
  • Researchers suggest chemical compounds from the shallot could be paired with existing antibiotics to combat multidrug-resistant TB, which infected nearly half a million people in 2016
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates antibiotics are prescribed suboptimally, given unnecessarily or dosed incorrectly about 50 percent of the time, contributing to antibiotic resistance
  • In addition to human misuse of antibiotics, the pervasive abuse of these drugs by the agriculture industry also plays a significant role in drug resistance; nearly 80 percent of all antibiotics used in the U.S. are administered to farm animals
  • You can strengthen your immune system and avoid antibiotic-resistant disease by optimizing your diet and vitamin D level, getting sufficient exercise and sleep and proactively managing stress

By Dr. Mercola

As a close relative to onions, shallots provide some of the same benefits, including anticancer, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Now, researchers have determined certain antibacterial molecules from the Persian shallot, a staple of Iranian cooking, have the potential to combat multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB).


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