A team of Australasian researchers studying the effect of manuka, kanuka and clover honey on common wound infecting bacteria have recently published new findings. The research examines the way in which honey from different floral origins impacts upon the structure and growth of different bacteria. The researchers concluded that “in general the manuka honeys were the most effective at inhibiting bacterial growth”.
The researchers, commenting on the use of honey as an antimicrobial dressing, noted that “there is significant chemical variation between different honey preparations and this is likely to affect the level of antibacterial activity, and possibly treatment outcomes”.
The findings have clinical significance for manufacturers of medical grade honey products when selecting honey type and antibacterial activity.
According to the researchers “Manuka Honey is broad in spectrum and able to inhibit a diverse range of bacterial and yeast pathogens, and is equally effective against multi-drug resistant bacteria”.
Comvita supplied the manuka and kanuka honey used in this research. Comvita’s MEDIHONEY® medical grade honey wound products are manufactured with manuka honey.
The effect of New Zealand kanuka, manuka and clover honeys on bacterial growth dynamics and cellular morphology varies according to the species.
Jing Lu1, Dee A. Carter2, Lynne Turnbull1, Douglas Rosendale3, Duncan Hedderley3, Jonathan Stephens4, Swapna Gannabathula5, Gregor Steinhorn4, Ralf C. Schlothauer4, Cynthia B. Whitchurch1 & Elizabeth J. Harry1
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