Using Honey to Strengthen Antibiotics

Using Honey to Strengthen Antibiotics

Recent studies have shown an effective synergy between Manuka honey and antibiotics.

Bacteria is becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics. Medical officials are concerned that many common infections and diseases will one day be incurable vis-à-vis commonly prescribed antibiotics.

“Skin and chronic wound infections caused by highly antibiotic resistant bacteria such as methicillin-resistant, Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are an increasing and urgent health problem worldwide,” says a 2013 study conducted by researchers at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

“Particularly with sharp increases in obesity and diabetes,” the study notes.

Many medical experts believe that the health issues plaguing most in the U.S. correlate to poor nutrition and food. More specifically- the relationship between insulin production and immune system adequacy- which are directly dependent upon one another.

“It has previously been shown that insulin has a strong regulating effect on the functional activities of immune cells,” says the American Diabetes Association.

“Generally speaking, the priming action of insulin on PMN (white blood cell) activity may be seen as the body providing a global defense to support primary immune response against exposure to antigens, which is enhanced by food intake.”

When a body’s immune system is enfeebled through poor diet, and antibiotics are introduced, they may not be as effective. Having a weakened immune system is thought to be one way contributing to the evolving resistance of bacteria to antibiotics.

“Researchers found that certain patients taking antibiotics had reduced levels of cytokines, the hormone messengers of the immune system.” writes Prevention magazine. “When your immune system is suppressed, you’re more likely to develop resistant bacteria or to become sick in the future.”

Having unhealthy eating habits typically means a person has excess amounts of maleficent fats and sugars. According to sources, sugar can hinder the natural process of phagocytosis. Phagocytosis is a biological process in which viral pathogens and bacteria are destroyed by white blood cells that engulf malevolent cells and kill them.

Scientists have discovered that combining a formulation called Medihoney with forms of antibiotics increased the effectiveness of the antibiotic, Rifampicin, which was able to reduce disease and infection.

Rifampicin is commonly prescribed to treat MRSA, and other skin infections. According to this study, two types of honey were used: a commercially obtainable form of Manuka honey; and a Manuka honey known as Medihoney produced in New Zealand.

“Unlike with rifampicin alone, in which resistance was observed after overnight incubation on plates, the combination of Medihoney and rifampicin maintained susceptibility of S. aureus to rifampicin,” says the study.

“The results of this study are encouraging,” the study concludes. However, “controlled clinical studies are needed to define the efficacy of a Medihoney-rifampicin combination in vivo.”

While it has been known that antibiotic resistant ‘super-bugs’ can be come into contact with through eating contaminated meat, or drinking affected sources of water, researchers in Texas have now found antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria in the air. Read more about antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria oscillating across the windblown cattle fields in Texas here.

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