Antimicrobial and Antioxidant Activity of Honey

  • Irum Naureen Assistant Professor, School of Zoology, Minhaj University Lahore, Pakistan
  • Aisha saleem M. Phil Researcher, School of Zoology, Minhaj University Lahore, Pakistan.
  • Hafsa Iqbal M. Phil Researcher, School of Zoology, Minhaj University Lahore, Pakistan.
  • Fatima Aslam M. Phil Researcher, School of Zoology, Minhaj University Lahore, Pakistan.
  • Sadia Jamal M. Phil Researcher, School of Zoology, Minhaj University Lahore, Pakistan.
  • Aqsa Sattar M. Phil Researcher, School of Zoology, Minhaj University Lahore, Pakistan.
  • Muhammad Zahid M. Phil Researcher, School of Zoology, Minhaj University Lahore, Pakistan.
Keywords: Honey, Antibacterial, antioxidant properties, Antibiotics, Wounds and burns

Abstract

Honey a super saturated concentrated solution with complex constituents has been used as therapeutic agent since ancient times. Natural products have been used as a substitute for various conventional treatments and drug discoveries. They have properties of honey including antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory, anti-cancerous. The advent of antibiotics in Modern Western Medicine has made the use of honey in the treatment of infectious diseases abandoned wound healing. Hence, this review exposes why honey remains the best antibiotic and its potency as an antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory. Honey possesses some vital components such as Methylgyloxal, Bee defensin-1, Hydrogen peroxide, osmotic effect and phenolic compounds. Honey also possesses properties that inhibit the formation of bio films. These made honey more powerful because it prevents the formation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria while conventional antibiotic fail because they only target the essential growth processes of bacteria and this allows bacteria to build up resistance over time.

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2022-04-30
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