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HONEY JARRAH - In Western Australia, scientists say they can control the spread of Golden Staph infection on open wounds with honey produced from Jarrah trees. The potential healing properties of the honey could mean a big boost for the state's beekeepers. Jarrah honey is used mainly as a blending honey. It is high in fructose, a simple sugar that prevents honey from candying on the shelf, but more importantly contains anti-microbial organisms, which act on the infection to destroy it.
Beekeeper, Robert Manning, says there’s an extensive Jarrah forest southeast of Perth which apiarists could access to produce large volumes of the healing honey. Western Australia endemic forest species has naturally high antibacterial activity that strongly inhibits the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus, otherwise known as Golden Staph. “The antibacterial activity of the honey primarily comes from hydrogen peroxide, which is derived via an enzyme in the honey called glucose oxidase. This becomes active when honey is diluted and its acidity is neutralized. The enzyme is sensitive to light and heat.
The Jarrah honey has significantly higher activity levels than Manuka honey from New Zealand, which is also strongly antibacterial. While the Jarrah honey doesn’t contain UMF, its activity due to hydrogen peroxide, can be nearly twice as high, but on an average it is about 50% higher than Manuka.
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