Honey may be a solution the medical community is looking for to help them resolve problems brought about by antibiotics resistance.
Honey has the ability to attack bacteria causing infection on various levels, hindering bacteria from being resistant to drugs. That’s because this natural sweet food is equipped with weapons of its own, such as osmotic effect, hydrogen peroxide, acidity, polyphenols, and high sugar concentration. All these natural weapons can eliminate bacterial cells. Its osmotic effect alone dries the bacterial cells out and kills them.
Another attribute that makes honey effective in killing bacteria is that it prevents the formation of any biofilm, which refers to the bacteria communities that cause diseases. This is due to the fact that the honey prevents quorum sensing, the bacteria’s method of communicating with each other that could possibly lead to biofilm formation. Without quorum sensing, some bacteria cannot even produce toxins, which could have easily caused diseases.
Honey works not in stumping the growth of bacteria, which is what conventional antibiotics do. That’s why the latter has had problems with antibiotic resistance because the bacteria learn to live despite the presence of the drugs.
Honey is also rich in antioxidants, such as caffeic acid, phenolic acids, ellagic acid, p-coumaric acid, and many flavonoids. This only further proves how so many clinical and laboratory studies have shown all the antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties of honey.
A team of scientists from the Salve Regina University has confirmed through their research how honey truly has antibacterial and antioxidant properties. They’d know so after testing honey against Staphylococcus aureus, E. coli, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
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