10 Foods that Help Get Rid of Parasites  

Written by Katherine Ung on Friday, August 13th, 2010

Photo credit: Marc

The ideal environment for parasites to live and grow in our bodies is promoted by a diet that includes refined carbohydrates (sugar), raw fish (sushi), undercooked meat (specifically pork) and even inadequately washed fruit and vegetables.

Parasites can cause health problems such as bloating, cramps, diarrhea, allergies, anal itching, anemia, low immune system, mucus or blood in stools and even affect your mood with anxiety or depression. Picking them up is easier than you think: restaurants with poor hygiene, holidays abroad with impure water, pets and animals. Parasites do not just come in form of minute insects but also microscopic bacteria. A common antibiotic used is Ciprodex (available even with a ciprodex coupon) to treat mild symptoms.

Here are some of the most common parasites that could be infesting you:

Below is a list of 10 foods that kill parasites so include them in your diet to get rid of parasites naturally.

1. Pumpkin & Sunflower Seeds

Pumpkin Seeds Photo by Niznoz

For the freshest pumpkin seeds, remove the seeds from your pumpkin and expose them to air for a few days to dry them out and eat them raw fist thing each morning.

Or if you like you can then bake them at 150c for 30 minutes with your favourite cold pressed oils and seasonings such as cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.

Seeds make a crunchy addition to cereals, porridge or salads.

For a morning tonic, grind the seeds along with watermelon seeds into a powder and take with aloe vera juice on an empty stomach each morning.

For a delicious salad dressing; grind seeds with fresh garlic, parsley and coriander leaves. Mix with extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice.

2. Coconut


Photo credit: Tom Woodward

Coconuts provide the fatty acid, lauric acid. The only other plentiful source of this is from lactating women; breast milk. When ingested, lauric acid is then converted to monolaurin and kills or inactivates protozoa, including several species of ringworm and Giardia lamblia.

For tapeworms it is suggested to drink the juice and eat the flesh of one fresh coconut first thing each morning then fast for 4 hours.

3. Pomegranates


Pomeganate by Joe Marinaro

This fruit has a sweet and sour flavour and can be used as a remedy for destroying worms in the intestinal tract.

When in season, eat 1-3 per day.

4. Papaya

Photo credit: Janet Hudson

This fruit has a strong capacity to destroy worms, including most intestinal worms and tapeworm.

To enhance their anti worm powers remove the skin and soak in apple cider vinegar for one day. Then eat eight ounces of this pickled papaya and drink 2 ounces of the vinegar solution for 4 days.

As a preventative while travelling, eat a spoonful of papaya seeds once a day on an empty stomach. If you already have parasites, eat the seeds for one week, then wait a week and repeat. It is important to chew the seeds thoroughly. If you don’t find them palatable you may blend them into smoothies.

5. Garlic


Garlic by FotoosVanRobin

If you (and your partner if you have one) can tolerate it, eat a garlic bud first thing every morning.

Chopping of crushing fresh garlic converts the phytochemical alliin to allicin, to which many of garlic’s health benefits are attributed.

For a tasty garlic hummus, puree 2 cloves of fresh garlic, 350 grams canned chickpeas, 2 tablespoons tahini, 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil and 3 tablespoons lemon juice.

Garlic is a great addition to fresh vegetable juices; remove the garlic clove from the bulb and wrap in parsley so that the chlorophyll can bind some of the strong odour and juice it before the other vegetables.

6. Horseradish


Horseadish by Avlxyz

Horseradish is effective against food borne illness and is effective against some worms.

It is member of the cabbage family and is an ancient herb native to eastern Europe.

The Egyptians and early Greeks were quick to value its medicinal qualities.

When horseradish is cut, the powerful antibacterial ingredient allylisothiocyanate is released.

Always grate fresh horseradish in a room with an open window to avoid the stringent fumes burning your eyes and nose.

A spoonful of fresh horseradish in soup adds a surprisingly mild but delicious flavour.

For a sweet tangy sauce for fish or prawns mix grated horseradish with dijon mustard and marmalade.

7. Thyme


Photo credit: Arthur Chapman

Thymus is a Greek name for ‘courage’ but also had the meaning ‘to fumigate’, which may be more appropriate in relation to its ability to cleanse the system of worms.

Regularly eat the sprigs of thyme and drink half a cup of thyme tea each morning and evening.

For a dressing or marinade add fresh garlic and thyme to extra virgin olive oil and leave for 1 week.

8. Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne Pepper

Photo Credit: Fabrizio Monti

Cayenne is a spice, closely related to the sweet red and chilli pepper, and widely used in Mexican and East Asian cuisines. Also known as Capsicum, its botanical name is derived from a Greek word meaning ‘to bite’. It certainly does add a kick when used as a condiment with food. Start with small amounts before increasing quantities and it will help to repel parasites.

9. Bitter Melon

Bitter Mellon

Bitter Mellon by Hal Yamagucci

Bitter melon looks like an ugly cucumber. It is one of the most popular vegetables in asia but an acquired taste for most westerners. In Chinese medicine, bitter foods drain ‘damp’ conditions such candida overgrowth and parasites. If you haven’t managed to acquire the taste but still want to benefit from the medicinal effect, take a 60ml shot of the juice.

10. Green Onions

Green Onion by Jacy Ippolito

Like garlic, onions release the enzyme alliinase when it is cut or crushed.
A tip for preparing onions and avoiding the ‘crying factor’ caused by the sulphur compounds of onions, is to refrigerate the onions for an hour before cutting and use a very sharp knife.

For an anti parasitic tonic, juice the white part of green onions and add 2 teaspoons of sesame seed oil. Take twice a day on an empty stomach for 3 days.

Importance of Intestinal Cleansing to Kill Parasites

Now do bear in mind that it may not be enough to simply incorporate the above foods into your daily nibbles, drinks and marinades, if you truly want to rid yourself of parasitic life.

It is essential to start with a course of colonic irrigation using the following specific herbs in an implant; black walnut, wormwood and cloves. It is very important that these three herbs must be used in combination in order to kill off the full lifecycle of parasites. Black walnut hull and wormwood kill the adults and developmental stages of at least 100 parasites and the cloves kill the eggs.

Following anti parasite colonic irrigation sessions to deep cleanse the colon and kill parasites, adding these 10 recommended foods to a diet high in fresh raw green vegetables, will help to create an alkaline environment with a strong immunity against parasites and worms, helping to keep you debugged!


About Katherine Ung

Katherine Ung is a therapist that has been passionate about nutrition and colonic irrigation since 1999.

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  • Added by Gittele on May 18th, 2011 at 7:30 pm  #

    Thank you for all this info, I was aware that garlic is great for yeasted colons but that its great for parasites – double whammy! Thanks!

  • Added by sandee on October 4th, 2011 at 9:59 pm  #

    simply super

  • Added by Katherine Ung on October 16th, 2011 at 8:08 pm  #

    Hi Sandee. Am glad you found it useful. You can use these foods and tips for both prevention and cure 🙂

  • Added by Anna on July 23rd, 2012 at 1:08 am  #

    Great info off to shop right now What kind of place or website to buy the black walnut, wormwood and cloves combo? I realize you probably can’t suggest a brand but if you can reveal what to look for or what kind of store to buy in. Or google search words. That’ll be helpful. What form does it come in? I’ve read some about it would like your input since you seem genuine and impartial.
    I’ve also read that pineapple is good for creating a undesirable environment for intestinal worms because of digestive enzymes.
    What if I believe with picture proof that I have tapeworm from ingesting infected cat or rat fleas ( had a infestation coming from vents) and the top rated infectious. disease Dr. I went to in a panic — dismissed me and said I had OCD. Geez and he told me i couldnt have gotten tapeworm from ingesting an infected flee its rare and mostly happens to children but yes this is what happened My cats have tapeworm one is half feral and I cannot treat him otherwise I get dangerously scratched up So the inf specialist was dismissive and rude but did order a fecal test and didn’t bother reporting results to me until more than one month later. Most doctors at this center supply me with actual lab results Came back negative but I’ve heard sometimes its not caught
    The other night I excreted (diarrhea ) strange feces some pieces swam or moved and I saw the shedding of skin of a worm. It was thick. Second time this happened Took disgusting picture and video. Will your protocol help if I also believe that the worm has spread beyond my intestines. Ive read about the signs and my skin is changing i see some of those linear lines (redundant) What doctor will take me seriously? I don’t want to have to keep getting the fecal test if it’s going to turn out neg. ps I also have an overlap of autoimmune disease. I just started pllaquenil — Will that help?

    Just to top it all off I had body lice. And I STILL find something strange in my nose so I’ve been using Simply Saline but today used SinusBuster for the second time.
    Cats also have dandruff not sure if ‘walking dandruff’


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  • Added by Katherine Ung on March 2nd, 2013 at 9:11 pm  #

    Dear Carol. I suggest reading the book by Andreas Moritz: The amazing liver and gallbladder flush as it explains in the book how cleansing the liver and gallbladder and colon is an essential part of correcting parasite problems.

  • Added by Katie on April 11th, 2013 at 3:47 pm  #

    Great topic and article thank you!

  • Added by Katherine Ung on October 24th, 2013 at 10:26 am  #

    Thank you Kate I am glad you found it useful and feel free to share it with friends and family.

  • Added by Katherine Ung on November 30th, 2013 at 4:10 pm  #

    So pleased to hear you are enjoying the website and taking away useful and practical information to use and share!

  • Added by Syed on February 23rd, 2014 at 3:04 pm  #

    Juice Bitter Mellon with the seeds it will flush most of the parasites, the day you drink the juice plan to stay home all day because you will be making a dozen trips to the restroom. But the next day you will feel almost 5-10 pounds lighter.

  • Added by Mike on February 27th, 2014 at 9:33 pm  #

    You just say “add an implant” in regards to the enema with no instructions on amounts, technique or details.

  • Added by Katherine Ung on April 12th, 2014 at 11:18 pm  #

    I would recommend seeing a professional colon hydrotherapist that can use the herbs professionally during a colonic irrigation treatment. See these 2 directories to find a colon hydrotherapist that uses gravity closed system colonics with fully disposable equipment. Then enquire if they can use these herbs. https://www.detoxtheworld.com/resources/colon-therapy-directory/ Or http://ipch.org.uk/index.php?page=find-a-registered-colonic-hydrotherapist

  • Added by Bob on February 26th, 2015 at 9:43 pm  #

    Where could I get these foods

  • Added by Sandi on March 29th, 2015 at 2:49 pm  #

    I haven’t been tested for parasites,but off and on for several years I can feel like something wiggling or squirming around the outside of mt anus, and what feels like the same just inside the rectum.i am about to loose my mind!!!!!!! Can you give me some ideas to get rid of whatever it is. I have seen what looks like worm shaped something after a enema??

  • Added by Shey on April 24th, 2015 at 6:16 pm  #

    Well I was reading this, and when I can to garlic I saw hummus, so I was wondering if I can eat garlic hummus while I’m purging the parasites?

  • Added by david on November 27th, 2015 at 9:50 am  #

    thank you, i never knew that garlic and pumpkin seeds were deworming food

  • Added by grace on November 27th, 2015 at 9:51 am  #

    i have a question. are sardines also a food for cleansing?

  • Added by Kathryn on November 28th, 2015 at 11:59 am  #

    Thank you so much for this information. There are a few new things here for me and I will give them a try. Parasites are a reality in our bodies – I picked mine up in Costa Rica – little buggers thought they were going to find a hospitable host! Hah! I so appreciate this information. I used to be a colonic hydrotherapist, but now I find the cost is just so prohibitive that I do garlic and coffee enemas at home – once a day. There is a fellow online who has a parasite smoothie made with papaya seeds. Google papaya parasite smoothie to find him. Thanks again!

  • Added by Katherine Ung on December 9th, 2015 at 12:11 pm  #

    I would not say sardines help to cleanse the body. They are a good oily fish for protein though.

  • Added by Katherine Ung on December 17th, 2015 at 12:06 am  #

    You may be able to find the herbs black walnut, wormwood and cloves in loose herbal teas that you could brew and use in the enema.
    I have recommended papaya seed smoothies to clients also to help.

  • Added by www.f-s.us on February 4th, 2016 at 2:38 am  #

    great list…they say leave out citrus fruits and fructose/fruits, but i have to agree: pom’s and pineapples are potent…they work for me. Pineapple kills my taste buds and cracks my lips but it works wonders inside my stomach and body. And coconut oil….that stuff is awesome. I think its one of the best tasting foods on earth…it goes with anything.

  • Added by maurice on March 10th, 2016 at 1:05 pm  #

    I went to iherb.com and tried something called parasweep and para-rid (natures secret). You can find many different things to try on that site. I’m assuming they deliver to the US, but I’m overseas right now so I’m not sure. A friend told me about it…Anyway, I just started taking the stuff but I’m optimistic, which is the first time in a long time. I’ve had progressively worsening symptoms for about 2 years… They have really helped me to be more regular, which is great. Because previously, I’m not sure what those parasites were doing, but they were keeping me from going to the bathroom. I was going about once a week. Even if I took laxatives that didn’t help most of the time. My appetite was insatiable before taking these pills….It still is pretty bad, but it’s actually gotten a little better. This is only my third day on these pills….

  • Added by Alyson on April 16th, 2016 at 10:28 pm  #

    I was just diagnosis from my holistic Dr and I have parasites could be a severe case. I felt bloated and constipated painful and very gassy. My Dr gave me a supplement called wormwood as well as thymex2. Gut flora Complex. But I need a diet day by day. I’m allergic to garlic, dairy, soy, shellfish broccoli. Anything. That proteins to sulfur. May I have some carbs but very little? I’ve had parasites in the past but this time around is worse. Is their any suggestions you can give me. I like they suggestions you gave for fruits.

    Thank you for your consideration


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  • Added by Dan on June 9th, 2016 at 2:45 am  #

    Can ginger help with the purging?

  • Added by Roz on June 20th, 2016 at 9:02 pm  #

    Finely crushed linseed mixed with water and a saccharomyces boullardes (cant remember how to spell it ) taken twice a day helped me along lots of these foods. Also cut out refined sugar and no bread, pasta, etc.

  • Added by Nomi on October 9th, 2016 at 9:42 am  #

    I am Guarrlic Cloves, Olive oil, Cloves, Termeric, Lemon juice and its seeds, Pomegernate & its inside layers.
    Took Vermox, didnt yet Intestinal worms out of my colone. Grrrr

  • Added by Sarah on November 10th, 2016 at 2:18 pm  #

    Hi I have had worms for a while I we to my doctor twice and both times came back with in a month. What is best way get out my system for good

  • Added by Torstein on April 3rd, 2017 at 5:27 pm  #

    Turpentine on sugar cubes are great against worms. Gets them to leave trough your stool. Psyllium husk is great to help them leave faster.

  • Added by vijay on April 16th, 2017 at 8:28 am  #

    Wich food is avoid for we are attacked deworm in our body. . Please suggest me

  • Added by Cory on April 23rd, 2017 at 5:23 pm  #

    I am allergic to walnuts. My throat swells and I can’t swallow, but I can still breathe…at least the last time it happened. Is there a way to deworm without using the black walnut husks?

  • Added by fthomas on May 31st, 2017 at 12:57 am  #

    I started using black seed oil last week
    and its helping kill parasites,
    I feel better already, however I do have my
    lows feeling fatigue at times, but every time I do a enema and more parasites die off
    I feel better.. going to get a professional colonic cleans this week..
    That should really help can’t wait

    Thanks for your information.

  • Added by Isaac on January 12th, 2018 at 6:59 pm  #

    Very helpful:
    Thank you.

  • Added by Isaac on January 12th, 2018 at 7:02 pm  #

    This article was very helpful in my quest to
    steward my body as wisely as I can.
    Many thanks.

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  • Added by Michele Ruediger on June 3rd, 2018 at 5:39 am  #

    Hi , This diet has already been incredible for me. I thought I had IBS for may years. What about dairy products and eggs? I am concerned I am missing out on nutrition.Michele

  • Added by Susan on June 30th, 2018 at 11:52 pm  #

    Thank you very much. I started on biological pills today including the black walnut oil etc.
    I hope this will help me and I also hope this will help me to walk better again, because when my bowels are not full, I walk much better.

  • Added by Rebecca on November 9th, 2018 at 4:24 am  #

    Hello! I am breastfeeding but have a parasite.. I read the black walnut is not recommended to take while breastfeeding. Do you have any recommendations to get rid of parasites while breast feeding?

  • Added by rochelle waldenberg on November 14th, 2018 at 1:35 pm  #

    .Turpintine.100 pure grain only a teaspoon with castor oil,one tlbs,for 7 days first thing in mornin and once a week there after will kill insects and worms in human body..I just finished this deal..it was a horror,and I am 80 percent raw eating..you need to stay near the bathroom for at least 4 hours after injesting.best detox ever!!!

  • Added by rochelle waldenberg on November 14th, 2018 at 1:39 pm  #

    You must have 3 purges a day .going to poop before doing the Turpentine deal..check out on Amazon to get pure stuff and read comments!!

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