Head of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, European University of Lefke (EUL) Health Sciences Faculty Asst. Prof. Dr. Nazal Bardak Perçinci gave information on “Foods That Can Be Considered Natural Antibiotics”.
“We must consume foods with high basic nutritional value in order to strengthen our immune system and make our body resistant”
Stating that “Natural substances in the content of foods are effective in preventing the development of diseases by showing antibacterial effect”, Perçinci emphasized that foods with high basic nutritional value should be consumed in order to strengthen our immune system and make our body resistant.
Broccoli; It has been among the most popular vegetables in recent years. The most important reason for its popularity is its indispensable benefits for human health and its high nutritional values. Broccoli contains rich vitamins and minerals, thanks to its antioxidant content, besides its high nutritional value, it has a protective effect against cancer with the glucosinolates it contains. Experimental studies on broccoli revealed that it has an antibiotic effect. In cardiovascular system diseases, it has a protective effect on the heart and prevents heart attack. It has a protective effect because it regulates blood lipid levels and blood pressure in heart patients. Thanks to its antioxidant content, it also has a protective effect on metabolism.
Ginger; The health benefits of ginger, an Asian plant, have been known since ancient times. In addition to being a high source of vitamins and nutrients, it is also recommended for intestinal health. It facilitates digestion and increases food absorption. It is used against flu and cold. It prevents clot formation. It lowers the level of malignant cholesterol and is thought to have a positive contribution to cholesterol balance.
Garlic; In addition to being used as a flavoring in meals, garlic is also used to treat many diseases. It comes from the compound that provides the antimicrobial property of garlic, giving it its typical smell and taste. Its feature of preventing the harmful effects of microorganisms is accepted by all scientific authorities.
It is also used for the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular diseases. In the studies carried out, its preventive and nervous system regulating effects in prostate, breast, colon and skin cancers were determined. One of the most important biochemical properties of garlic is its antioxidant potential.
Kefir and Probiotics; When kefir is consumed regularly, it increases body resistance and strengthens immunity. It has many beneficial effects on health. It is very useful due to its antibacterial, immunological, anti-tumor and cholesterol-lowering effects. Kefir increases secretion release in organs such as stomach and pancreas. It is good for nervous disorders, loss of appetite and sleep problems. Regular daily consumption of half a liter of prebiotic has a regulating effect on metabolism; It has been determined to have positive effects on liver, bile, kidney functions and blood circulation.
Apple Vinegar; Since vinegar has been used as a flavor enhancer in foods for a long time, it is good for many diseases and significantly reduces the risk of some diseases. With scientific researches, vinegar compositions are used naturally in the treatment of many diseases. It is effective in preventing diabetes by regulating blood sugar. It has a protective effect against cardiovascular diseases and regulates blood pressure. It slows down gastric emptying and provides a long feeling of satiety, prevents excessive energy intake, thus indirectly contributing to keeping body weight in balance. It eliminates harmful bacteria in the body and also helps the development of beneficial bacteria in the intestines. It is a good antiseptic.
Honey; Honey has been used in medical treatment for years, it is used as a natural remedy with its vitamins, minerals and amino acids. It strengthens the immune system by showing antimicrobial properties not only against bacteria, but also against viruses, fungi and parasites. Provides rapid healing of wounds. Oral honey strengthens the immune system. It has protective properties against cancer and metastasis. It is used in kidney diseases and has an effect preventing fatigue in the body. It is used as a natural remedy for diseases such as cough and cold. It is effective in treating constipation.