Honey can be Used as Antibiotic

by Kathy Jones on  July 1, 2010 at 9:37 PM General Health News
RSS Email Print This Page Comment
Font : A-A+

New research by the Department of Medical Microbiology at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam shows that a protein in honey can actually kill superbugs.
 Honey can be Used as Antibiotic
Honey can be Used as Antibiotic

"We have completely elucidated the molecular basis of the antibacterial activity of a single medical-grade honey, which contributes to the applicability of honey in medicine," said co-researcher Sebastian A.J. Zaat. "Honey or isolated honey-derived components might be of great value for prevention and treatment of infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria."

The protein canned defensin-1 is made by bees and can help ward off bacteria. Defensin-1 is a protein made by the honey bees immune system and is added by the bees when honey is made. Most of honey's anti-bacterial properties can be attributed to this protein.

The details of the study appear in the FASEB journal.




Source: Medindia

Post a Comment

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
Notify me when reply is posted
I agree to the terms and conditions

More News on:

MRSA - The Super Bug Honey: Health Benefits of the Golden Liquid 

News A - Z

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

News Search

Medindia Newsletters

Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!

Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Advertisement

Stay Connected

  • Available on the Android Market
  • Available on the App Store

Facebook

News Category

News Archive