Marco Torres, Prevent Disease
Many state it’s not what honey is good for, but what isn’t it good for. Honey
has been used medically for hundreds of years, but for no reasons other
than profit, mainstream medicine has sought to develop man-made
antibiotics which have only led to antibiotic resistance and other
diseases. New research has shown the honey kills every type of bacteria
scientists have thrown at it, including the antibiotic-resistant
“superbugs” plaguing hospitals and killing patients around the world.
Some bacteria have become resistant to every commonly prescribed
antibacterial drug. But scientists found that raw Manuka honey, as it is
known in New Zealand, or jelly bush honey, as it is known in Australia,
killed every bacteria or pathogen it was tested on.
It is applied externally and acts on skin infections, bites and cuts.
The honey is distinctive in that it comes only from bees feeding off
tea trees native to Australia and New Zealand, said Dee Carter, from the
University of Sydney’s School of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences.
Professor Rose Cooper from the University of Wales Institute Cardiff
has looked at how manuka honey interacts with three types of bacteria
that commonly infest wounds: Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Group AStreptococci and Meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
Her group has found that honey can interfere with the growth of these
bacteria in a variety of ways and suggests that honey is an attractive
option for the treatment of drug-resistant wound infections.
Honey has long been acknowledged for its antimicrobial properties.
Traditional remedies containing honey were used in the topical treatment
of wounds by diverse ancient civilisations. Manuka honey is derived
from nectar collected by honey bees foraging on the manuka tree in New
Zealand and is included in modern licensed wound-care products around
the world. However, the antimicrobial properties of honey have not been
fully exploited by modern medicine mostly because it’s not patentable.
Studies on the Manuka Honey benefits have shown that Manuka Honey,
has powerful antibacterial, anti microbial, antiviral, antioxidant,
antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti fungal properties.
Current findings on Manuka Honey are likely to have a major impact on
modern medicine and could lead to a range of honey-based products to
replace antibiotic and antiseptic creams.
“Most bacteria that cause infections in hospitals are resistant to at
least one antibiotic, and there is an urgent need for new ways to treat
and control surface infections,” Professor Carter said.
“New antibiotics tend to have short shelf lives, as the bacteria they
attack quickly become resistant. Many large pharmaceutical companies
have abandoned antibiotic production because of the difficulty of
recovering costs. Developing effective alternatives could therefore save
None of the bacteria researchers have used to test the honey,
including superbugs such as flesh-eating bacteria, built up any
She said a compound in the honey called methylglyoxal — toxic on its
own — combined in unknown ways with other unidentified compounds in the
honey to cause “multi-system failure” in the bacteria.
The results of the research project are published in this month’s European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.
This research may increase the clinical use of manuka honey as
doctors are faced with the threat of diminishingly effective
Innovative and effective ways of controlling wound infections that
are unlikely to contribute to increased antimicrobial resistance are
needed. It has already been demonstrated that manuka honey is not likely
to select for honey-resistant bacteria, so the potential is enormous.
At present, most antimicrobial interventions for patients are with
systemic antibiotics. “The use of a topical agent to eradicate bacteria
from wounds is potentially cheaper and may well improve antibiotic
therapy in the future. This will help reduce the transmission of
antibiotic-resistant bacteria from colonised wounds to susceptible
About the Author
Marco Torres is
a research specialist, writer and consumer advocate for healthy
lifestyles. He holds degrees in Public Health and Environmental Science
and is a professional speaker on topics such as disease prevention,
environmental toxins and health policy.
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