Antibiotics are substances that inhibit bacterial growth or kill bacteria outright. While the term largely refers to modern medications, a wide range of natural plants and substances have antibiotic effects. The effects are not as powerful as their drug counterparts, but the benefits are noticeable and can even improve overall health. That being said, no one should stop or avoid taking prescription medications and turn to natural options unless they have spoken with a doctor.

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1. Garlic

Garlic has a long history as a folk remedy for a variety of issues. However, a 2011 study proved that its antibiotic properties are more than folklore. Not only can garlic concentrate fight against bacteria, but some garlic-derived compounds have substantial antimicrobial effects. Large doses can lead to internal bleeding, but up to two cloves a day is safe and may help fight against bacteria.

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