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Flu season: mustard oils are effective against bacteria and viruses
This winter the flu wave is particularly strong in Germany, but the number of respiratory diseases, as reported by the Robert Koch Institute Berlin, was significantly higher than in recent years. And there is still no end in sight. Since antibiotics are only indicated in exceptional cases for these infections, which are mostly caused by viruses, experts recommend herbal medicinal products for therapy. Mustard oils, for example, act against bacteria and viruses and can thus help counteract the growing threat of antibiotic resistance.
Mustard oils are substances that plants produce for their own protection. Their antimicrobial effectiveness has been proven in numerous studies in recent years. Like Prof. Dr. Volker Mersch-Sundermann, University of Freiburg, reported in Munich, his investigations with mustard oils from nasturtium and horseradish root showed that these substances even work against problem germs like penicillin-resistant pneumococci or the dreaded MRSA germs. "That means," according to the Freiburg doctor, "that the herbal combination is also a treatment option for the detection of resistant or multi-resistant pathogens".
Mustard oils are present in plants in a preliminary stage and are converted into isothyocyanates (ITC) in the body. ITCs have a broad spectrum of antibacterial activity and have an efficacy comparable to that of antibiotics against bacteria, which are responsible for many respiratory infections and painful cystitis. In contrast to antibiotics, their bioactivity is also directed against viruses.
The good efficacy and tolerance of a combination of nasturtium and horseradish root have been documented earlier in clinical studies (Arzneimittel.Forsch./Drug Res. 2006 56 (3): 249-257 and 57 (4): 238-246). The latest, recently published study has therefore dealt with the preventive effect of the herbal medicinal product (Curr Med Res Opin. 2012 Nov; 28 (11): 1799-807. Doi: 10.1185 / 03007995.2012.742048).
The result: 334 subjects took part in the double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study. During this period, 14 people in the group of subjects, who took two tablets of the phytopharmaceutical three times a day for 12 weeks, contracted an infection. There were twice as many in the placebo group, namely 27 people. (pm)
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