What foods will kill intestinal parasites?

Updated March 23, 2017

Intestinal parasites can develop after eating certain foods that contain eggs of a tapeworm. When these eggs hatch and develop into larvae, the tapeworms can affect the intestine and cause several health problems and poor nutrient absorption. If tapeworm or intestinal parasites are suspected, there are several foods that can be consumed on a daily basis to kill the parasites and improve health overall.


There are several signs and symptoms associated with human tapeworm, but these vary significantly from person to person. Some people experience many symptoms suddenly, while others won't experience anything at all. Common signs that there is an intestinal parasite include: loss of appetite; diarrhoea; significant weight loss; fatigue; neurological symptoms; weakness; feelings of malaise or lethargy; nausea; and high fever. If a tapeworm has developed, the person may experience increased hunger because the worm is eating the food in the digestive tract.

Types of Antiparasitic Foods

There are several different foods that have antiparasitic properties, and these may help to kill tapeworm and other intestinal parasites. Foods that can help kill parasites include: cabbage, blackberries, sauerkraut, garlic, pomegranate, pomegranate juice, pineapple, papaya, figs, fig extract and carrot tops. It's important to eat these foods in their freshest form, and to make sure the foods have been rinsed and cleaned thoroughly before consumption.

Effects of Eating Antiparasitic Foods

Eating a wide range of foods that contain antiparasitic properties can help slowly kill off the parasites, but this will take time. It's important for the infected person to practice good hygiene at all times to reduce the risk of reinfection. The body can only eliminate toxins through its natural elimination system (frequent bowel movements) and sweating. Undergoing a colon cleanse or detoxification program may also help to eliminate the dead parasites from the body and improve overall health.

Common Causes of Intestinal Parasites

Some of the most common causes of a tapeworm infection and intestinal parasites include: eating undercooked beef, seafood, poultry or pork; eating foods that have been touched by uncooked meats; swallowing the parasite or parasite eggs while swimming; drinking the parasite in contaminated water; touching the mouth area after touching contaminated meat or fluids. Eating an unhealthy diet that causes constipation and bowel build-up also sets the stage of parasite development.

Types of Intestinal Parasites

There are thousands of different types of intestinal parasites that affect adults and children of all ages. Each type can be acquired through contaminated food, sexual conduct, water intake or after being bitten by an insect. Parasites can be divided into four categories: protozoa, trematoda, cestoda and nematoda. Common types of intestinal infections occur from the following intestinal parasites: hookworms, whipworms, pinworms, roundworms, amoebae, giardia, malaraia and cestodes (tapeworms).

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