Scientists Discover Why Honey is the Best Natural Antibiotic

Living Traditionally   December 30, 2014

Honey has been used for centuries for its antibiotic properties.  Science finally confirmed the anti-bacterial abilities of honey. Antibacterial,  antiviral and antifungal  properties of honey alone make it more powerful than conventional antibiotics. Honey contains a protein made by the bees called defensin-1. It is the active germ-killing ingredient in honey. 

Applied topically. honey can kill a wide range of pathogens such as MRSA and flesh eating bacteria. It was also found that the treated bacteria did not build up any resistance like conventional antibiotics.  The effectiveness of honey lies in its ability to fight infection on multiple levels, making it hard for bacteria to develop resistance.  According to Susan M. Meschwitz, Ph.D.,  honey utilizes a combination of fighting methods  such as an osmotic effect.  This effect originates from honey’s high sugar concentration. In this process, water is drawn from the bacteria cells, leaving the pathogens no choice but to dehydrate and die off.

According to biochemist Peter Molan, who studied extensively  natural antibiotics such as honey for 25 years, manuka honey is effective at killing even the most antibiotic resistant bacteria even when it has been diluted to a tenth of its original concentration. He states, “There’s more evidence, clinical evidence, by far for honey in wound treatment than for any of the pharmaceutical products. ”

Honey is packed with probiotics, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. It is rich in vitamin A, vitamin B2 or riboflavin B3 or nicotinic acid, B5 called pantothenic acid, vitamin C, biotin and rutine. Honey also contains many minerals: including calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, copper, iodine, and zinc.

Honey is so powerful and effective at destroying bacteria that it should be the first choice of treatment when treating a bacterial illness.

But make sure to buy raw honey, organic because the heating during manufacturing destroys nutrients and enzymes. Additionally, locally grown raw honey from the area you live is more beneficial as it possesses the immune stimulating properties needed for your body to adapt to its environment.

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