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Sweet chestnut extract found to disarm MRSA without negative side effects!

Lynn Griffith
Sweet chestnut extract found to disarm MRSA without negative side effects!
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Studies show that 2 out of 100 people carry Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA).  Though MRSA is still a major threat, the CDC has reported that the life-threatening MRSA infections contracted in health care settings are declining. (1)

A new study gives even more hope!  Research shows that the cure for MRSA could lie in the extract of sweet chestnut leaves.  Sweet chestnut leaves have been widely used in folk medicine for treating asthma, colds, bronchitis, expectorating, and bronchial infections.  The leaves are high in antioxidants and have been found to exert antispasmodic actions.  The extract is also antiviral and reduces oxidative stress. (2)

Sweet chestnut leaves are high in antioxidants, are antiviral and reduce oxidative stress!

Now, sweet chestnut has been found to disarm staph bacteria!  The leaves are rich in ursine and oleanene, which blocks the virulence and pathogenesis of the bacteria.  In lay speak, this means that the extract does not kill staph, but instead takes away staph’s weapons and shuts off the bacteria’s ability to create toxins and cause tissue damage. (3)

Researchers found that sweet chestnut extract disarmed even the most hyper-virulent MRSA strains without disturbing the healthy bacteria in the body.  They found that 50 micrograms, or one dose of sweet chestnut extract, cleared up skin lesions on mice.  The extract did not become resistant after 2 weeks of use.  The labs tests showed the same results on human skin cells. (3)

Sweet chestnut extract disarms the most hyper-virulent MRSA strains!

Lead researchers, Cassandra Quave, explains, “I felt strongly that people who dismissed traditional healing plants as medicine because the plants don’t kill a pathogen were not asking the right questions. What if these plants play some other role in fighting a disease?” (3)

Quave talked to local people and healers who continued to tell her to make tea from the leaves of the chestnut tree, washing a patient’s skin with it to treat infections and inflammations.  The researchers did just that, and after steeping their leaves in water, they found that the extract did indeed do what the healers claimed. (3)

Other uses for the extract include a preventative spray for athletic equipment, or coating for medical devices.  Quave reports that it is easy to dismiss traditional medicine as an old wives tale, but focusing on plants as medicine may help cure infections. (3)

Healers recommend making a tea from the leaves of the sweet chestnut tree in order to treat skin infections and inflammation

If you are currently battling MRSA or have had this deadly bacteria before, you can purchase sweet chestnut extract online.  If you live in an area that grows sweet chestnut trees, try making a tea with the leaves and using this to wash your skin.

 

Sources for this article include:
(1) www.cdc.gov
(2) www.hindawi.com
(3) www.sciencedaily.com

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