Scientists from the University of Manchester, U.K. have discovered a powerful connection between the medicinal type of honey and the annihilation of a fungus, which can lead to blindness or even death.
The student from the Manchester University, Zain Habib Alhindi, in a first-of-its-kind study, employed various concentrations of Surgihoney to assess how powerful it can prove in the annihilation of a fungus called Fusarium. Fusarium can be found in soil and on plants, which can spread devastating infections amongst people having a weak defence mechanism.
Surgihoney is an organically engineered honey, which releases chemically reactive molecules containing oxygen. Alhindi made a significant discovery that even the lowest concentrations had a considerable effect in destroying the fungus cell wall, demonstrating its potential as an upcoming treatment for patients.
She further said, “Chronic infections, such as those found in long-lasting wounds comprise about 60-80% of infectious diseases in humans and the way fungi invade wounds is associated with the use of broad-spectrum antibiotics.”
However, it has been known that biofilms – the thin microorganism layers – that group together are responsible for the severity as well as deferred healing of chronic wounds. Alhindi through her research wanted to prove the honey’s potential as a healing agent that can break through such biofilms and while doing so pace up the healing process. She was amazed at the fact that honey could actually work better than some antifungals.
Malcolm Richardson from the University of Manchester said that there is no denying of the fact that since ancient times honey has been a major contributing factor in the treatment of various diseases and only a limited number of findings have discovered its effect on pathogenic fungi.
This study has now opened up an exciting door for further research on the use of honey in treating various fungal infections and allowing researchers to adopt multiple options for curing a range of superficial contagious diseases.