You are what you eat is a group of words that can not be underemphasised in explaining that the food is important to the health, system and body at large and today, we are looking at herbs and foods that help fight and kill parasites in the body.
These foods can also be said to be foods that body the body’s immune system, strengthening it for its function of fighting against the body enemies.
To start with, what are parasites and what are they or what do they do to the body?Parasites are organisms that infect the body and live off their us as humans to survive. While some parasites create no symptoms in their hosts, others can cause severe illness. When they grow too much or too many in the body, reproduce, or invade the body systems, it leads to parasitic infection and can cause make their hosts ill. This, however, does not mean every parasite are dangerous to the human health. Intestinal parasites such as tapeworms, hookworms and a protist called Blastocystis can be beneficial to human health, according to reports. When the parasites are becoming harmful, there are many ways to combat them, one of which is the food we take in!
Parasites are tough but some herbs are tougher than they are and with the help of top parasite-killing herbs, we are sure to conquer them.
As a KOKOfoodie, you should not only know about recipes and foods to cook but what they can do for your health and the ones to eat when what happens. Below are 9 of such foods and what they can do for you. 1. Aloe Vera: In laboratory experiments, it was found that leaf extracts of the aloe vera plant directly killed two kinds of parasites, promastigotes and amastigotes. It is a potent purgative and a remedy for any type of intestinal parasite. It can be used as a juice, powder, gel or in tablet. Aloe vera juice is made by crushing or grinding the entire leaf of the aloe vera plant, followed by various steps to purify and filter the liquid. With a mild, tolerable flavor, the juice mixes easily into smoothies and shakes. This makes aloe vera juice a practical whole food supplement. 2. Pineapple: do you wonder that pineapple? Well, the core of pineapple is abundant in an enzyme known as bromelain, which can boost digestion and kill parasites. Pineapple juice can decrease the production of substances (called cytokines) that can result in colon inflammation. 3. Papaya Seeds: contain a variety of essential micronutrients and are especially high in polyphenols and flavonoids, two compounds that act as antioxidants to help promote your health. Studies and researchers have found that a mixture of honey and papaya seeds cleared stools of parasites in 23 out of 30 subjects. This prove the efficiency of eating papaya seeds. The proteolytic enzymes in papaya seeds help in getting rid of parasites in our body, break protein in our body and also breaks down parasites and their eggs. So, the next time you slice a colorful yummy papaya, don’t discard its small round seeds! Although they taste spicy and a little bitter, try adding them raw to foods you already enjoy, such as smoothies, salad dressings or marinades. If you prefer, you can dry the seeds and grind them into a fine powder and use in place of ground black pepper. 4. Onion: Onion is one of the most popular herb that is used for food and many other things. Onions contain sulfur compounds that are deadly to parasites. Its juice is particularly effective for treating intestinal worms such as threadworms and tapeworms. 5. Pumpkin Seeds: studies have found out that pumpkin seeds have a natural anthelmintic effect on the body’s digestive system, meaning that they are able to cure intestinal parasites. They don’t kill the parasites outright, but they do help flush them from your body. The reason for this is that they become paralyzed by the compounds present in the seeds, making them unable to cling on to the lining of the intestines. 6. Garlic and Ginger: garlic when taken, helps to create antioxidants in the body, which kills and reduces the number of parasite eggs resulting in the low birth rate of new worms in the living organism. On the other hand, ginger supports the digestive system and can help to kill parasites in the stomach before they pass on to the intestine. Once parasites have invaded the intestine, anti-parasitic herbs are strongly needed, along with a careful diet, to rid the body of parasites. This can simply be prevented by ginger intake. 7. Clove: this strong, aromatic spice was considered so valuable in the 13th and 14th centuries that countries went to war to control its production and distribution. Now, functional medicine practitioners are rediscovering clove as an anti-parasitic agent. About 15–20% of its composition is essential oil and it is very effective against parasitic roundworms other parasites. Clove oil may also prevent Candida (yeast infection which normally lives on the skin and in the body – mouth, throat, gut, and vagina. Its infection is a very common one in women) from forming germ tubes, which it uses to spread. 8. Cinnamon: is another well known favorite spice used in sweet breads and teas. Although it doesn’t hold large trade value as it used to in ancient times, cinnamon may prove to be valuable in regards to a parasite cleanse. It can be ground into fine powder for foods or brewed in its stick form for tea.
9. Thyme: is one of the most helpful essentials for deworming humans. It may increase nitric oxide in the body, which inhibit the parasites and aid in expelling them. Thyme oil contributes to parasite detox and can damage the internal structures of and kill parasites. It also helps reduce the number of larvae, thereby combating reinfection. Read also: Five Natural Foods Women Should Eat For A Flourishing Uterus
Other herbs include turmeric, almonds, coconut oil, black walnut and wormwood