Honey Has the Ability to Ward off Bacterial Infections Thanks to QS Inhibition and Bactericidal Compounds


Numerous studies show the honey has the ability to kill bacterial pathogens and to quite quickly cure drug-resistant or chronic infections. Much of the present research is targeted on identifying honey's bactericidal compounds. The activity of such compounds that have been discovered so far is not enough to explain fully honey's ability.

Honey for Bacterial Infections

Through diluting honey, it was possible to study the result of the bacterial coordinated behavior to find out the honey inhibits the bacterial QS (quorum sensing). Experiment were performed to quantify and characterize the effect of the honey on the quorum sensing networks for Pseudomonas aeruginosa showed the low concentrations of the honey hampered the action of las, rhl, MvfR regulons, along with the related infectious characteristics.

This study also proves the QS inhibition is linked to the sugar content of honey. The conclusion is that honey fights infections using two separate mechanisms working together: QS disruption that weakens bacterial infection and coordination along with bactericidal elements that effectively kill cells.