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.