Intestinal parasites are typically caused by helminths (worms and larvae that can’t multiply in the human body) or protozoa (single-celled organisms that can multiply within our body) (1). They can cause discomfort and can be due to drinking contaminated water, eating raw meat, weak immune system, and maintaining inadequate sanitation and hygiene (2). Some of these parasites create no symptoms in their hosts however there are those that can cause severe illness.
Luckily, there are some home remedies that can possibly help us get rid of these gut parasites quickly.
People often discarded papaya seeds and favors the fruit’s sweet flesh. We don’t realize that these seeds are highly nutritious as they contain a variety of micronutrients. They are high in fiber and polyphenols and flavonoids, two compounds that act as antioxidants to help promote our health. In addition to these, the seeds also have huge amounts of healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, including oleic acid (3).
In a study found in the Journal of Medicinal Food in 2007, results showed that a greater number of children with intestinal parasites who received immediate doses of an elixir containing a mixture of papaya seeds and honey had their stools cleared of parasites after 7 days of administration (4).
These seeds contain high amounts of amino acids, fatty acids, and the compounds berberine, cucurbitine, and palatine. When it comes to intestinal parasites, research published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences in 2016 showed that pumpkin seed extracts possess some antiparasitic activity (5).
It works by paralyzing the worms, rather than killing them outright. This prevents them from holding on to the intestinal walls as they usually do during a bowel movement (6).
The berberine alkaloid can be found in the roots, rhizomes, and stem bark of the plants such as the European barberry (Berberis vulgaris), goldenseal, and coptis.
According to a study, berberine extracts and decoctions have significant antimicrobial activity against a variety of organisms including bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoans, helminths, and chlamydia. The clinical uses of berberine include bacterial diarrhea, intestinal parasite infections, and ocular trachoma infections (7).
When suffering from infestation with intestinal parasites and Candida albicans, coconut oil can be helpful. It is believed to possess antibacterial and antiviral properties. This remedy will simply require us to swallow a teaspoon of pure coconut oil each morning (8).