Researchers at the University of East London say that an ingredient found in garlic may help beat the MRSA superbug infection.
They claim to have found that allicin, a natural compound that gives garlic its distinctive smell, can cure patients suffering from the antibiotic-resistant infection.
AdvertisementTrial conducted with 52 patients, who took allicin capsules or sprayed a liquid on to their wounds, recovered fully within four to 12 weeks.
"This is a breakthrough in the fight against MRSA," the Mirror quoted lead author Dr Ron Cutler, of the University of East London, as saying.
Derek Butler, of the charity MRSA Action UK, said: "We welcome any new developments in the fight against infection."