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Local honey is found to be good for beating bacteria
By Siski Green , Tuesday 8 October 2013
Manuka honey is the one health aficionados like to recommend for everything from sore throats to IBS – its antibacterial properties are so well researched that it is even used in medicine to treat or prevent infection. But now new research suggests that Scottish honey is also rich in antibacterial properties... and it’s a lot less expensive!
The research found that local heather honey was just as good as imported and exensive Manuka honey
Researchers from the Univeresity of Glasgow wanted to find out whether Manuka was the only honey with antibacterial properties, or whether other honeys could also be effective. So they assessed 29 different honey products, including commercial medical grade honeys used to treat infections, standard supermarket honeys, and honeys from local bee keepers, to find out what effect they had on bacterial contamination.
Honeys that were derived from ‘mixed flower sources’, as opposed to types such as heather or clover, for example, were found to contain contaminating bacteria so could not be used. Of the rest of the honeys, eight were found to be effective against bacteria, but heather honey from Inverness was particularly good, killing MRSA bacteria as well as three other types.
"Honeys derived from one type of flower were shown to be the most effective, and while Manuka is currently the only medical grade honey, the study reveals that other honeys may be just as suitable for such purposes,” says Dr Patrick Pollock, lead study author.
"Consequently, it may prove unnecessary to transport Manuka honey from New Zealand when more local sources may be as, or even more, effective.”