July 05, 2010

Honey May Help With Antibiotic Resistance

Researchers in the Netherlands in a new study published in the July issue of the FASEB Journal details their research investigating the explains how honey kills bacteria. The research shows that Bees make a protein that they add to the honey, called defensin-1. The Dutch set out to isolate which particular components of Honey are most effective against bacteria.
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"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 Sebastian A.J. Zaat, Ph.D., a researcher involved in the work from the Department of Medical Microbiology at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam. "Honey or isolated honey-derived components might be of great value for prevention and treatment of infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria."
"We've known for millennia that honey can be good for what ails us, but we haven't known how it works," said Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of the FASEB Journal, "Now that we've extracted a potent antibacterial ingredient from honey, we can make it still more effective and take the sting out of bacterial infections."
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