Bee Bacteria an Alternative to Antibiotics

Researchers from Lund University in Sweden have conducted studies which have identified a group of 13 special lactic acid bacteria, which are specifically found in bees, that when added to modern day honey products, have exceptional results in healing chronic and persistent wounds that have not otherwise been able to heal via other methods.

This compound of lactic acid bacteria had previously been successful in sustaining bee colonies, and more recently has had excellent results in healing chronic infectious wounds in horses, and more recently, humans, in laboratory tests conducted by the researchers. This includes counteracting against pathogens such as vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE), as well as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, among others.

The researchers have produced a video summarising their findings here

They propose that this unique antimicrobial compound of 13 lactic acid bacteria, when kept alive and together, may even become a potential alternative to, and possible replacement for, antibiotics, which are mostly only one active substance, and far less effective. This is great news amidst the ever growing problem of antibiotic resistance all around the world.

It is no secret that raw honey has been used as a treatment of infectious wounds for centuries. However most honey bought in supermarkets today has undergone treatment that, among other things, kills these valuable lactic acid bacteria, so it no longer contains the necessary healing properties.

More details can be found via the video summary above, and via the following links and publications below:

Bacteria from bees possible alternative to antibiotics

Lactic acid bacterial symbionts in honeybees – an unknown key to honey’s antimicrobial and therapeutic activities

A pilot study investigating lactic acid bacterial symbionts from the honeybee in inhibiting human chronic wound pathogens