7 Foods that Fight Parasites

Intestinal parasites are more common in the United States than often thought, says Anne Louise Gittleman, Ph.D.  In fact, 90 percent of humans will have a problem with parasites in their lifetime.  Increased travel and dining out are to blame, says Gittleman.

Because parasites are thought to be rare here, many doctors don’t routinely screen for the bugs as the cause of cramps, fatigue, nausea or bloating they can cause. As a result around three in four people with parasites are never diagnosed.

Along with other precautions, consuming foods and beverages that contain enzymes and substances thought to kill parasites or make the body more resistant to them can help.

7 Foods that Help Fight Parasites

1. Garlic.

2. Onions.

3. Ground almonds.

4. Unsweetened cranberry juice.

5. Coconut oil.

6. Pumpkin seeds.

7. Papaya seeds. *Should not be eaten while pregnant.


Chelsea Goodrich

Chelsea has worked as part of the Young and Raw team as a Holistic Health Coach and Customer Support Rawkstar. After a life-long fascination with natural health she made the transition to a high raw, plant based diet about five years ago, and found this helped her gain relief of periodic chronic migraines, fatigue, and sleep problems. Her overall energy and mood was elevated, and her problematic skin improved dramatically. This experience deepened her interest in natural health studies and led her to attend and graduate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2011. Chelsea has also completed a health program through The Hippocrates Health Institute, a Raw Food Chef certification through The Graff Academy, and a Hot Yoga Teacher Training with Hot Yoga Doctor in 2012. She is now pursuing a master's degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture, and living her dreams in Santa Monica, California. You can contact her at healthgenie@live.com.