5 natural ways, scientifically proven, to counter toxoplasmosis infection
Toxoplasmosis infection has been linked with many neurological disorders and is the leading cause of death attributed to foodborne illness in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control. A recent study on the global burden of latent toxoplasmosis infection, found that this parasitical disease is becoming a global health hazard, as it infects 30–50% of the world human population.
The Toxoplasma gondii parasite is the causer of toxoplasmosis infection and it has a complex life cycle. But, its most dangerous life cycle is when it enters an extra-intestinal stage. The reason for that is because, it enters other cells within different organs in the body in the form of tachyzoites, forming a special cyst containing the parasite called the zoitocyst. This cyst accumulates within the animal’s muscle, brain, lymph node or other tissue.
Toxoplasmosis can be contracted in different ways. But the most common vectors for this parasitical infection are the faeces of an infected cat, the consumption of unwashed fruits, vegetables, leaf greens, uncooked animal meat and water.
Toxoplasmosis infection is very dangerous for the human foetus, because the parasite crosses the placenta and can cause hearing problems, jaundice, mental retardation and learning difficulties, other issues and even spontaneous abortion.
5 natural ways, scientifically proven, to counter Toxoplasmosis infection
It is important to know that currently, no effective drug or gold standard treatment for toxoplasmosis infection has been available. However, recent research points that certain foods and herbs are effective in hindering the life cycle of this parasite inside its host.
A research on the effects of garlic in mice with acute toxoplasmosis found that the best dose of garlic extract for increasing the survival time, is 200 mg/kg. In conclusion, these effects could be resulted from antibacterial and immunomodulatoric effects of garlic.
2) Artemisia Annua ( dried herb)
In vivo experiments with a cystogenic Toxoplasma gondii strain demonstrated an effective control of infection, indicating that Artemisia Annua is useful to control Toxoplasma gondii infection. This is due to its low toxicity and its inhibitory action directly against the parasite, resulting in a well tolerated therapeutic tool.
3) Nutmeg essential oil
In an in vitro anti-Toxoplasma gondii assay, the oil extract of Nutmeg, showed significant inhibiting activity with EC50 value of 24.45 microgram/mL. EC50 is the concentration of a drug that gives half-maximal response. This result was comparable to the standard drug clindamycin (EC50=16.57 microgram/mL)
4) Ginger extract
A research was carried out to evaluate the antiparasitic effect of ginger root extract against Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) in vitro and in vivo.
5) Fresh onion
Onion is a vegetable known to be antiparasitical. So, scientists tested the consumption of onions on a male rat model infected with toxoplasmosis. The aim of the research was to pinpoint the effects of onion in testosterone, and sperm count levels. Since it is well known that toxoplasmosis infection causes a disruption in hormones production like testosterone, and inhibits optimal sperm production.
The rats were infected with toxoplasmosis and observed for 30 days. The treatment consisted in feeding each rats via a feeding tube with 1 mililitre of onion. At the end of the 30 days, 5 mililitres of blood was collected for testosterone and total antioxidant capacity (TAC) levels and testes tissues of rat in whole groups were removed and then prepared for analysis. It was found that testosterone and sperm parameters were decreased in groups that were infected with T. gondii, in comparison to control and onions groups. Testes weights in toxoplasma group significantly decreased in comparison to control group. This study observed that T. gondii has a significant effect on sperm parameters and serum total testosterone, and since fresh onion juice was used to treat this harmful effect, it is suggested that eating of onion is useful in infected men.
How to decrease your chances to contract toxoplasmosis infection?
• Don't eat bloody meat from any animal
• Avoid eating cured meat
• Clean the cat litter with gloves and wash hands
• Feed the cat cooked, not raw food
• Wear gloves in the garden
• Avoid drinking untreated water
• Only consume pasteurized milk
• Wash fruits, vegetables, green leaves and kitchen utensil thoroughly.
• Cover sandboxes used by children