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Raw honey could be an alternative to antibiotics

HoneybeeScientists at Lund university, Sweden, have discovered that the bacteria found in honeybees can be an alternative to antibiotics. Traditionally, raw honey has been used to treat infections, and the findings could help explain the reason.

Accoeding to scientists, raw honey contains a unique formula of 13 types of lactic acid bacteria found in the stomachs of bees that can treat infections. These bacteria are not present in the processed honey available commercially.

This finding could be useful in both, developing countries, which face shortages of antibodiotics but where fresh honey is easily available, as well as in Western countries where people have developed resistance to most antibiotics.

Researchers now plan to conduct clinical tests on humans as well as animals on thte effectivness of raw honey against topical infections.

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