Research conducted by scientist Cassandra Quave, an ethnobotanist at Emory University, has discovered that chestnuts can be used to kill off any bacteria that can cause MRSA staph infection in just a single dose.
The leaves of chestnuts have been used for traditional folk remedies in order to treat skin infections but this is very exciting. This remedy removes Staphylococcus aureus ability to cause tissue damage by disabling its ability to produce toxins in the body.
This bacteria has thus far been resistant to antibiotics and on average in the United States, can cause two million people to fall ill to MRSA staph infection. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 23,000 people die each year in the United States alone. Chestnut leaf extract actually blocks MRSA staph infection ability to produce pathogens or viruses.
This is a huge discovery for treating methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) as well as preventing infection. It is the most dangerous drug-resistant infections someone can become ill with. This can all be done without adding to the increasing issue of pathogens which are drug resistant.
Quave conducted hundreds of interviews with people, especially in Italy. There the locals and Italian healers explained how a tea derived from the chestnut tree leaves could be used to wash their skin. It is then used to treat any inflammation or infection on the skin.
During research, 94 active chemicals derived from the chestnut leaves were discovered. The two most active ingredients, ursine and oleanene, were the ones that best fought off staph. In additional research with lab mice who had MRSA skin lesions, it was discovered that a small dose of just 50 micrograms of the extract healed the mice of their skin issue. It also prevented red blood cell and tissue damage.
Even after two weeks of repeated exposure, the extract remains active and does not show that the body becomes resistant. In tests conducted on human skin cells in a petri dish, it showed that chestnut leaf extract did not harm any of the skin’s micro-flora or skin cells.