Scientists Discover why Honey is the Best Natural Antibiotic

People have long used honey for its antibiotic properties. There is scientific evidence proving its antibacterial properties. Honey is more powerful than conventional antibiotics, thanks to its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. It is rich in defensin-1, a protein made by bees and an active germ-killing agent.

When applied topically, honey kills pathogens like MRSA and flesh-eating bacteria. Bacteria cannot develop resistance when treated with honey as they do when you use conventional antibiotics.


Honey fights infections on many levels, and thus disables bacteria to become resistant. Susan M. Meschwithz, PhD, says that honey includes a combination of powerful processes, including the osmotic effect.

Its high sugar content provides this effect. In the process, bacteria cells are left without water, and pathogens have no choice rather than dehydrating and dying off.

Peter Molan, a biochemist, has extensively tested natural antibiotics like honey for more than 25 years. According to him, manuka honey can kill the most resistant bacteria even when diluted to a tenth of its concentration. As he explained, “there’s more evidence, clinical evidence, by far for honey in wound treatment than for any of the pharmaceutical products.”

Honey is rich in probiotics, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. It is packed with vitamin A, vitamin B2 or riboflavin, B3 or niacin, B5 or pantothenic acid, vitamin C, biotin and rutine. Honey contains minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, copper, iodine, and zinc.

Its power goes so far, that honey should be your first option when treating bacterial infections.

However, always make sure you use raw, organic honey, because processing destroys its nutrients and enzymes. Buy honey from a local beekeeper, as it possesses certain immune stimulating properties necessary for your body to adapt to the environment.

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