A new study reveals that there is a natural alternative to antibiotics.
People in the past have been using raw honey for infection treatment. Fresh honey is easily available in developing countries. Nevertheless, this source is depleting in advanced countries. On top of that, there is a report that says that an increasing number of people in the Western countries are developing antibiotic resistance.
What makes raw honey so potent in healing? Researchers over at the Lund University in Sweden discovered a variety of antimicrobial compounds produced by 13 specific lactic acid bacteria found in raw honey. They wondered how it would fare on infections such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Pseudomonas aeruginosa and ancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE)? The lab results proved that it was quite helpful.
Horses are the only ones that have been tested outside of the lab. The horses’ wounds recovered upon application of the lactic acid bacteria. One highly probably explanation on why it works so effectively is because there’s a huge variety of active substances involved.
Usually antibiotics work well on a narrow spectrum of bacteria as it contains mostly one active compound. Now imagine how much more microorganisms can be targeted by 13 lactic acid bacteria. For millions of year it has safeguarded the bee colonies and their honey from bad microorganisms.
However, if you use store-bought honey, the result may not be the same. It does not contain the same 13 lactic acid bacteria.