Promising dates

By TheHindu on 25 Apr 2017 | read
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Date syrup - a thick, sweet liquid derived from dates that is popular in the Middle East - shows antibacterial activity against a number of disease-causing bacteria, including Staph aureus and E coli.

Researchers have found that, in vitro, date syrup is able to inhibit the growth of bacteria faster than manuka honey, which has previously been shown to have antibacterial properties and is increasingly used in dressings to improve wound repair.

Hajer Taleb, a research student from Cardiff Metropolitan University in the UK, identified that the date syrup contains a number of phenolic compounds that form naturally in the date fruit as it matures.

These compounds have previously been shown to have antibacterial activity. Artificial syrup - made of the constituent sugars found in natural syrup but lacking the phenolic compounds - was not as effective at inhibiting bacterial growth.

When the syrup was mixed with a range of disease-causing bacteria - including Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Enterococcus spp and Pseudomonas aeruginosa - it inhibited their growth.

The date syrup was effective in similar amounts to manuka honey but worked more quickly, inhibiting bacterial growth after six hours of treatment, while the manuka honey required longer.PTI



Scientists identified that the date syrup contains a number of phenolic compounds that form naturally in the date fruit as it matures. These compunds show antibacterial activity.

The date syrup was effective in similar amounts to manuka honey but worked more quickly, inhibiting bacterial growth after six hours of treatment, while the manuka honey required longer.



 

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