Garlic for superbugs

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  1. toby jones

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    An ingredient in garlic may offer one of the best defences against
    hospital superbugs, new British research has shown.

    The compound is said to be effective even against highly resistant
    strains of the notorious MRSA bug, which has claimed many lives.

    It can cure patients with MRSA-infected wounds "within days", said
    microbiologist Dr Ron Cutler, from the University of East London, who
    carried out the research.

    Allicin, which occurs naturally in garlic, not only killed known
    varieties of MRSA, but also new superbug generations resistant to
    "last resort" antibiotics such as vancomycin.

    "MRSA is causing a genuine crisis in our hospital system in Britain
    and worldwide," Dr Cutler said.

    "Antibiotics are increasingly ineffective, but we do have a powerful
    natural ally. Plant compounds have evolved over millions of years as
    chemical defence agents against infection. Garlic has been used in
    medicine for centuries, and it should be no surprise that it is
    effective against this very modern infection."

    MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) causes an estimated
    2,000 deaths in UK hospitals each year, mainly by infecting surgical

    "The trials we have conducted so far show that this formulation is
    highly effective against MRSA, and it could save many lives," said Dr

    Results from the laboratory research are due to appear in the Journal
    of Biomedical Science