Thursday, June 11, 2015

Mead made from honey could have healing properties

Tobias OlofssonLund: Did the Vikings have the recipe for good health? Lund University researchers Alejandra Vasquez and Tobias Olofsson have previously shown in lab experiments that 13 lactic acid bacteria found in the stomach of bees counteract antibiotic-resistant MSRA. The bacteria also healed horses with persistent wounds and protected against bee colony collapse in separate studies. Now, the two researchers have launched a mead drink made from honey and water, containing those same bacteria. Going forward, the pair will study the possible health benefits of the ancient brew – drunk by the Vikings, among others – including the potential that the drink combats or prevents infections.