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Pomegranates could be used to fight MRSA

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Scientists from Kingston University in South West London have discovered that the pomegranate rind can be turned into an ointment for treating MRSA and other common hospital infections.

In a series of tests conducted over three years, the team, led by Professor Declan Naughton from the School of Life Sciences found that the infection-fighting properties of pomegranate were greatly enhanced by combining the rind of the fruit with two other natural products – metal salts and Vitamin C.

Professor Naughton said “We have developed a topical ointment that can successfully attack a range of drug resistant microbes. It’s a significant breakthrough and a striking example of the effectiveness of adding more components to create a more active product.”

Pomegranate rind combined with metal salts was the most effective combination for treating MRSA, while other common hospital infections were better dealt with by all three components: pomegranate rind, metal salts and Vitamin C. Professor Naughton said it was exciting to discover a new use for natural products. “It shows that nature still has a few tricks up its sleeve,” he said.

The tests were conducted using microbes such as MRSA taken from hospital patients.

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