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Replacing Antibiotics with Honey

By Mark Silvanic, 9:00 am on

Since their discovery in the early 1900s, antibiotics have entirely revolutionized the medical industry. These useful drugs prevent bacterial infections by hindering bacteria from growing or by actually killing bacteria. However, overuse of antibiotics has caused many dangerous microbes to develop a resistance to the antimicrobial bacteria in most antibiotics. According to the World Health Organization, antimicrobial resistance is a can affect anyone at any age. Fortunately, medical professionals may have found a beneficial alternative that live-in caregivers in Colorado Springs can use to help the seniors they care for.

Antimicrobial Properties of Honey

A new study by a team of researchers at the Lund University of Sweden have shown that raw honey may actually be one of the best ways to counteract harmful bacteria that are resistant to typical antibiotics. In raw honey, the researchers found 13 beneficial types of lactic acid bacteria that have antimicrobial properties. These bacteria were applied to injuries of ten horses that could not be healed with traditional medications, and all of the horses in the study remarkably recovered.

Why Bad Bacteria Are Not Resistant to Honey

The researchers also discovered that dangerous bacteria, like Staphylococcus aureus, were counteracted by the raw honey. They believe that honey works when more traditional medication fails because it contains several very different types of antimicrobial lactic acid bacteria. Malignant infections cannot develop a resistance to all of the different types of antimicrobial bacteria at once, so they die instead of being able to fight it off.

Using Honey for Antibiotic Treatments

Typical store-bought honey will not be able to fight against bacteria. The Swedish scientists found that only raw honey could kill dangerous bacteria because raw honey still had live cultures of beneficial bacteria. Eating raw honey may provide some antibiotic benefits, but it is more useful when applied topically to a wound. One of the most popular antibiotic honeys is Manuka honey from New Zealand, which is FDA approved for wound treatment.

Seniors are just as susceptible to bacterial infections as their younger counterparts. You can learn more about alternative treatments for bacteria when you reach out to Colorado Springs, CO Home Care Assistance. We provide premier live-in and hourly home care that gives seniors the opportunity to age in place while living with injury or illness. To accommodate your loved one’s individual needs, we specially customize his or her care schedule. Be sure to schedule a free in-home consultation today when you call (719) 822-1229 and speak to a friendly Care Manager.

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