In Chile, folk healers use the leaves of the avocado plant to heal wounds. But the new study finds a different and amazing use for the plant. The researchers say that the avocado compound can strengthen an antibiotic at least eight-fold.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) March 10, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters books and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study that has found a compound in Chilean avocado could help fight some drug-resistant bacteria.
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin on Friday, March 9, 2012 (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/heart-health-articles/the-rainforest-plant-that-fights-super-bacteria), Danish scientists are reporting a potentially big health breakthrough deep in the heart of the Chilean rainforest. The Chilean avocado might fight the growing problem of drug-resistant bacteria -- caused by overuse of antibiotics for decades.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin reports that in a research project at the University of Copenhagen, a compound was discovered that targets a particular resistance mechanism in yellow staphylococci. The development of resistance in these specific bacteria is extremely rapid. Bacterial strains that do not respond to treatment have already been found here in the U.S.
The source of this compound was the Chilean avocado. A substance in it is activated when combined with antibiotic treatment. Bacteria that resist these important drugs are able to basically pump out antibiotics rather than succumb to them. The avocado substance stops this pumping action, so that the bacteria's defense mechanisms are broken down and the antibiotic treatment can work.
In Chile, folk healers use the leaves of the avocado plant to heal wounds. But the new study finds a different and amazing use for the plant. The researchers say that the avocado compound can strengthen an antibiotic at least eight-fold. They believe it has huge potential that we might see in the coming future in a drug or alternative remedy that fights resistant staphylococci.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin further reports that the researcher wants to create a commercial product, which he believes will benefit the native people of Chile who use the avocado plant for its wound-healing abilities.
As of now, the number of bacteria that are resisting antibiotics is growing at an alarming rate. Yellow staphylococci – "Staphylococcus aureus" -- is the most common cause of infection in wounds from an operation. This form of bacteria can also be the cause of many diseases, from abscesses and food poisoning to life- threatening infections.
Staphylococcus aureus has actually been a major problem in hospitals worldwide since the 1940s, and up to now the drug industry has managed to develop new antibiotics in step with the increasingly aggressive behavior of the bacteria.
(SOURCE: Holler, J., et al., "Novel inhibitory activity of the Staphylococcus aureus NorA efflux pump by a kaempferol rhamnoside isolated from Persea lingue Nees," J. Antimicrob. Chemother., Feb. 6, 2012.)
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