Article Courtesy: healthzone.ca
A New Zealand “superfood” honey already known as an infection fighter can also kill superbugs that resist antibiotics, new research shows.
Manuka honey, produced only from New Zealand’s manuka trees, has prevented some bacteria from growing and killed off other bacteria in lab tests, Professor Rose Cooper told the Star on Friday.
In particular, manuka honey can stop worrisome drug-resistant MRSA bacteria from growing in wounds.
“What we’re thinking, in time, is that we can develop products containing low levels of antibiotics and honey that can work on patients in hospitals,” said Cooper.
Although still confined to lab results, the tests showed clearly that drug-resistant bacteria not exposed to manuka honey kept growing; an overlay of 5 per cent honey knocked the infection cells out of action.
Previous research has demonstrated the honey’s topical wound care benefits, to the point where a range of licensed products are available. Cooper and her team at the University of Wales are hoping their preliminary findings will take it one step further.
She warned people not to treat their own severe wounds with health food store manuka honey.
“The honey we use clinically is irradiated, so it’s sterile. There is a remote risk the spores would grow” with store-bought honey, she said.
The next stage of research will be to firmly identify which antibiotics work with manuka honey and which don’t.