The health benefits from the raw, unprocessed honey have been known all so well, but in Australia, scientists have recently made a startling discovery – that one particular, obscure type of honey has the power of killing just about everything scientists throw at it, including some of the worst bacteria known to man.
The findings have been published in the European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (June 2009 edition), and could have had a special significance at a time when many of the world’s top antibiotics are failing, especially against resistant “superbugs.”
The manuka honey has started to be popular in the past several years that shortages have been reported and fake products have been sold, leading New Zealand manuka producers to seek trademark protection (similar to French champagne or Scottish whiskey for example).
It is a no secret that this honey has lots of powerful benefits that benefit the whole body and give it some good element needed.
Manuka Honey Kills MRSA, Other Superbugs
Manuka honey is made by bees foraging on the nectar of Leptospermum Scoparium, the New Zealand manuka bush, as well as tea trees native only to Australia and New Zealand.
In the studies mentioned before the Australian researchers have come to a way that the honey has killed every bacteria or pathogen it has been tested on, according to a report by The Australian. The honey can be applied topically to help fight against infections of the skin, cuts and insect bites, or taken internally.
“New antibiotics tend to have short shelf lives, as the bacteria they attack quickly become resistant,” said Dr. Dee Carter of the University of Sydney’s School of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences. “Many large pharmaceutical companies have abandoned antibiotic production because of the difficulty of recovering costs. Developing effective alternatives could therefore save many lives.”The most exciting difference with the manuka honey that was tested is that none of superbugs killed by the honey were able to build up immunity, a common problem with today’s antibiotics.
According to Dr. Carter the manuka honey contains a compound called methyglyoxal, that combines with other unknown compounds to cause “multi-system failure” that destroys the bacteria.