Honey May Help in Fight Against Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

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Research conducted by researchers from the University of Wales showed manuka honey, extracted from flowers in New Zealand, could also reverse antibiotic resistance in antibiotic-resistant bacteria, including MRSA, according to a Forbes news report.

The researchers also found manuka honey can be an effective treatment for chronic, infected wounds. Through topical applications, the honey can help speed up the healing process by preventing the bacteria from attaching to tissue.

"Other work in our lab has shown that honey can make MRSA more sensitive to antibiotics such as oxacillin — effectively reversing antibiotic resistance. This indicates that existing antibiotics may be more effective against drug-resistant infections if used in combination with manuka honey," said University of Wales Institute Cardiff Professor Rose Cooper.

Read the news report about manuka honey.

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