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Research on the properties of honey

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Honey has a long history of safe use as food and an equally long history as a traditional medicine for its antimicrobial activity, including protection from pathogens and external wound healing17.

Wallace et al.18, from the British Journal of Nutrition, suggests there is also evidence that honey has many beneficial health effects such as antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-tumour, anti-inflammatory and antiviral activities. It is currently used in hospitals and vet clinics for wound cleaning and healing.

Professor Molan (2012) states that "honey has antimicrobial activity that is effective against all types of bacteria and some fungi." In particular, he indicates that "it is fully effective against antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria (the so-called superbugs)."18 In this paper, Molan summarises an extensive range of studies showing the inhibitory response of a wide variety of bacteria (including antibiotic-resistant strains) towards honey.

 

17. Lusby PE, Coombes A and Wilkinson JM. (2002) Honey: a potent agent for wound healing? J Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing 29, 295-300.

18. Wallace A et al. (2009) Demonstrating the safety of manuka honey UMF 20+ in a human clinical trial with healthy individuals. British J Nutrition, 1-6.

19. Molan P. (2012) What's special about active manuka honey? http://waikato.academia.edu/PeterMolan