The avocado has long been touted as a super food. Now it may have another health benefit: killing super bacteria.
Yellow staphylococci is the most common bacteria linked to post-operation infections in hospitals. These staph infections can be life-threatening and are becoming more and more resistant to the antibiotics used to treat them.
Jes Gitz Holler, a young Danish scientist, found that the leaves of the Chilean avocado plant can overcome the bacteria’s resistance.
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria have developed a pump that flushes antibiotics out of the bacterial cells before they can take effect. The avocado leaf breaks down this defense by turning off the pump and allowing the antibiotics to do their job.