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TurmeriX®| What is an Antimicrobial compound?

Join us for a new series of weekly articles as we deep dive into individual health benefits the TurmeriX® blend may provide.

Let’s understand better some of the ailments that surround us all and try to get better with the use of some natural sources.

We all aspire to live our best life, pain-free, and full of energy!

This week our in-depth look is at Antimicrobial compound.

So … what is an Antimicrobial?

An antimicrobial is an agent that acts against pathogens microorganisms.

We have been using antimicrobial compounds for over 2000 years with the use of mold to treat special infections in Ancient Egypt for instance.

An antimicrobial can fight bacteria (antibacterial), viruses (antiviral), fungi (antifungal) and protozoa (antiprotozoal). 

These antimicrobial compounds can be synthetic or natural.

 

What may a natural antimicrobial compound help with? 

 

Nowadays many infections are often caused by multi-resistant microorganisms resulting in difficult to treat diseases (even with synthetic antibiotics).

 

Research into natural products is promising and keep showing they might be a really good source of antimicrobial compounds that may help treat diseases, help wounds to heal or prevent infection. The medicinal plants and marine and terrestrial organisms, including fungi and bacteria are a good example of what may be used to help healing our body.  

 

What food contains Antimicrobial compound?

 This article does not pretend to be exhaustive but to give you a better understanding of what mother nature may provide to help us.

Many essential oils, contained in plants, have a preservation effects against microorganisms. Some herbs and spices such as rosemary, sage, basil, thyme, cardamom and clove may be used against some pathogenic agents (like Salmonella E.Coli, Listeria monocytogenes, Staphylococcus aureus just to quote a few).

Due to their contents of phenolic and organic acids, many fruits and vegetables are also used for their antimicrobial effects as well.

 

Many other ingredients are part of the research as well: garlic, ginger, echinacea for instance for their natural antibiotic properties.

A last example we could highlight is the antimicrobial efficacy of curcumin that has been demonstrated in a few studies as well.

The turmeric spice might help fighting against influenza virus, hepatitis C virus or some strains of Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, and Pseudomonas according to various studies.

 

It is important to mention that there is still a considerable part of the fauna and flora that has not been explored yet and could potentially be a generous source of other antimicrobial compounds. Trying to get and stay in a diversified diet might be a good alternative to stay healthy and prevent the development of diseases, infections or undesired ailments.

 

Check out our next article and discover Immune Booster compounds, another factor that can influence our health.

 

 

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