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Monday 21 August 2017

Superbugs no match for ancient garlic salve

Research revealed that men were the worst offenders with only 38pc washing their hands after visiting the loo
Research revealed that men were the worst offenders with only 38pc washing their hands after visiting the loo

A garlic-based "potion" listed in a thousand-year-old Anglo-Saxon manuscript has been found to kill off the MRSA superbug.

Microbiologists at the University of Nottingham say early trials of the 10th century remedy - which also contains cow bile - have yielded "astonishing" results.

The homespun recipe, originally concocted as a treatment for eye infections, was spotted in a copy of Bald's Leechbook, a medieval medical text held at the British Library.

University experts say tests have been conducted using a mixture of oxgall, wine and two species of Allium - garlic and onion or leek. Initial results of trials show that the eye salve, while not 100pc effective, is "as good if not better" than conventional antibiotics at tackling MRSA, killing almost 90pc of MRSA bacteria.

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