Honey, Not Antibiotics, Should Be The First Mode of Treatment for Bacterial Illnesses. Here's Why!
Conventional antibiotics may often be over prescribed by doctors for various infections. Additionally, over-prescription and over-consumption make future infections more difficult to combat, since antibiotics deplete the good bacteria in the gut.
What if we could find a natural, healthier alternative to conventional, over-prescribed antibiotics? There’s no need to look too far, however, as researchers from the Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island, just recently rediscovered the health benefits of raw honey.
Lead author Susan M. Meschwitz, Ph.D., presented the findings at the 247th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society. She reports, “The unique property of honey lies in its ability to fight infection on multiple levels, making it more difficult for bacteria to develop resistance.”
Meschwitz says that honey uses a combination of weapons, such as polyphenols, hydrogen peroxide and an osmotic effect. Honey is practically an ambidextrous fighter, using multiple modalities to kill bacteria.
Honey also possesses properties that halt the formation of biofilms. Biofilms are bacteria communities which harbor diseases. Honey keeps these biofilms from congregating, by breaking up a bacterial communication process called quorum sensing, thereby stopping bacteria from expanding and preventing the release of toxins that increase their ability to cause disease.
The medicinal properties of honey are so powerful that researchers actually advise doctors to prescribe it as a first mode of treatment for bacterial illnesses. Prescribed antibiotics should be the “alternative” therapy, or the last resort. While conventional antibiotics allow bacteria to build up resistance over time, honey prevents it. Moreover, honey is filled with powerful antioxidants in the form of polyphenols.
Meschwitz adds, “Several studies have demonstrated a correlation between the non-peroxide antimicrobial and antioxidant activities of honey and the presence of honey phenolics.”
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