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Can Honey Replace Antibiotics?

By Jennifer Thompson, 9:00 am on

Before modern-day filtering and processing, many countries around the world used raw honey for thousands of years thanks to the substance’s natural antimicrobial properties. Scientists from Lund University in Sweden have recently uncovered the mystery behind the sweet stuff’s healing properties to help medical professionals and Nashville live-in caregivers better care for seniors.

By analyzing fresh honey, researchers found that the popular sweetener contains 13 lactic acid bacteria that come from the stomach of bees. The bacteria are responsible for creating various antimicrobial compounds. The organisms are also helpful in preventing bee colony collapse. However, recent studies indicate that raw honey showed impressive antibacterial results during a series of evaluations.

There are typically many different antibiotics. However, each chemical compound is designed to fight and treat specific bacterial infections. Raw honey containing active bacterial cultures seems to be just as effective in healing infections. In some cases, the substance outperforms lab-made antibiotics. In lab experiments, the organisms in the substance were effective in combating many different types of bacteria including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus.

A mixture of lactic acid organisms, honey, sugar and water (LAB) was applied to the wounds of ten horses. The wounds sustained by the animals were resistant to healing despite the use of various other types of medical interventions. In every instance, all of the wounds healed successfully when the LAB formula was used. Using the LAB formula on humans has not been tried extensively on people.

The group plans to continue studying raw honey further in order to better understand the secrets that lie behind the broad-spectrum antimicrobial properties in terms of animal and human infections. Conventional packaged honey purchased at the store does not contain the bacteria or compounds that the researchers discovered during the assessments.

Researchers believe that the findings hold promise for two different reasons. As raw honey is typically available in undeveloped countries where medical care is often scarce, the substance becomes a valuable commodity. In the U.S. and other Western countries, fresh honey offers important clues regarding the ability to fight resistant organisms.

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