Foods and herbs for parasites

papaya seeds

You might be surprised to discover some of the foods and herbs that can help prevent, fight, and even eliminate parasites.

The best defense is a wholesome, healthy diet, because if a persons diet is healthy, there insides will likely be healthy. If a person body is health, then it will be much less susceptible to parasitic infections.

  • avoid sugar
  • avoid wheat
  • avoid processed foods
  • avoid pork
  • avoid poor-quality meat
  • avoid raw or undercooked fish
  • avoid alcohol

When it comes to foods and herbs that anyone can find at their everyday grocery or health-food store, there are plenty of options that help fight parasites.

Anti-parasite foods


Garlic is rich in sulfur, and the sulfur-containing amino acids found in garlic are anti-parasitic in nature. Plus, the antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic properties of garlic help kill microbes in the body and strengthen the immune system.

  • garlic has been successively used to treat all types of intestinal worms.
  • raw garlic on an empty stomach 3 times a day for one week is a popular parasite cleanse – but don’t just chomp on it plain!
  • garlic tablets can be a good alternative to raw garlic, plus, you won’t stink afterwards!
  • The sulfur found in garlic is actually so strong that it can cause chemical burns to the mouth and even to the skin, so use caution.

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Pumpkin seeds

The University of Maryland Medical Center recommends the use of pumpkin seeds to get rid of intestinal worms. A compound called cucubitacin in pumpkin seeds has anti-parasitic properties that can paralyze and even kill parasites. This in turn weakens them, prevents them from holding on to the intestine wall, and makes them more likely to pass from the body.

seeds from pumpkinPumpkin seeds have been used traditionally in chinese medicine to combat and prevent intestinal parasites. Pinworms, hookworms, roundworms, tapeworms; basically pumpkin seeds are considered to be effective against most, if not all, intestinal parasites .

Unripe Papaya

Unripe papaya has been used widely in Ayuvedic medicine to treat many ailments, including intestinal worms.

The latex from unripe papaya fruit is rich in the enzyme papain, which has anti-parasite properties that can effectively destroy intestinal worms.

Plus, papaya seeds contain a substance called caracin that helps the body expel parasites.

Basically, unripe papaya’s are a super-anti-parasite-food.

(Unripe papaya can also be juiced.)

Papaya Seeds

Not only is the unripe fruit highly effective against parasites, but the seeds bring even more power to the papaya when it comes to combatting parasites and improving digestion.

papaya seedsFor starters, papaya seeds have been used traditionally in many parts of the world to treat digestive orders and to improve digestion. Doses are generally taken a few times per day, before, during, or immediately after meals. But, the power contained in the seeds doesn’t stop there.

The seeds from papaya fruit have anthelmintic and antiamoebic properties, which basically means they kill intestinal worms and other parasitic organisms in your digestive system.

A study was performed in 2007 of 60 Nigerian children who showed strong evidence of intestinal parasites. Using papaya seeds, the group of children showed over 75% clearance rate of infection in just seven days.


Like garlic, onions contain high amounts of sulfur, which has been proven to demonstrate anti-parasite properties.

 Carrots And Beets

Carrots and beats are a welcomed addition to an anti-parasite diet. These vegetables will provide good sources of nutrients and fiber. Also, they are rich in Vitamin A.

Vitamin A, or beta carotene, has been shown to increase the bodies ability to expel parasites by decreasing the ability of the larvae to penetrate the intestinal walls.


Coconut has good anti-bacterial, and anti-microbial properties. Which means coconut meat, coconut milk, and coconut oil can clean your digestive track of unwanted bacteria and other microorganisms.

This is important, because in an unhealthy system, these organisms feed off of one another. But, by removing unhealthy bacteria and other microorganisms, you will be making it harder for parasites to survive.

Fortunately, coconuts are something of a superfood when it comes to cleaning out the system. Not only do they help get rid of unwanted micro-organisms, but they are absolutely loaded with fiber. Coconuts can clean and flush out the system all in one.

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Anti-parasite herbs

These are the most 3 most popular herbs for parasites, and these 3 herbs are considered by many to be the most effective.

  • Black walnut – atringent tannins, natural iodine, juglone; all thought be highly anti-parasitic compounds. Used historically, often in combination with wormwood and clove.
  • Wormwood – Highly effective against pinworms and roundworms. Used historically, often in combination with black walnut and clove.
  • Cloves – Used historically, often in combination with wormwood and black walnut.

There are certainly other herbs an oils that can help with parasites, some of these include:

  • Pumpkin seed oil – Very similar benefits as the whole seed, but in a concentrated form.
  • Oregano oil – proven anti-bacterial and anti-parasite properties. Check out oil of oregano on amazon by clicking here.
  • Neem  – Potent anti-parasite properties. Used historically in Ayurvedic medicine.
  • Cinchona, or Quinine bark – Used historically to treat intestinal parasites. Still used in some modern anti-parasite medicines.
  • * Diatomaceous earth – Not an herb, but a natural pesticide able to be consumed by humans, and highly anti-parasitic in nature.

There are a number of helpful cleanse products on the market that utilize some of these herbs and oils. But, as you will soon discover, not every cleanse passes the test.

Click here to see our reviews of the top parasite cleanse products on the market.