Monday, January 19, 2009

Synthetic Wound-Healing Honey Based on Hydrogen Peroxide Release

A patent has been published for a synthetic wound healing product that reportedly mimics honey’s slow release of hydrogen peroxide.

As reported December 13, 2008, in Apitherapy News: “Sligo Institute of Technology has just signed a licensing agreement with a leading American company following research it conducted into manuka honey -- believed to have unique healing powers.”

It was not revealed at that time what mechanism for healing would be used by the new product. With the publication of the patent, it is clear that the properties of the synthetic honey do not relate to manuka honey’s non-peroxidal component, also called the unique manuka factor (UMF).

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