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Natural Compound Boosts Antibiotic Strength

As you are well aware, common antibiotics are losing their effectiveness because they are used too often, allowing bacteria to develop resistance to the drugs. A researcher has found a solution to this problem with a natural compound--lysophosphatidic acid--that boosts antibiotic strength from 100 to 1,000 times.

While conducting research on infection prevention, the researcher stumbled upon lysophosphatidic acid, a compound that is naturally produced in the human body in great quantities wherever there is inflammation.

Bacteria are divided into two groups--Gram-positive and Gram-negative--based on the structure of their cell walls. When lysophosphatidic acid is administered in small amounts, it sensitizes the Gram-negative bacteria 100 to 1,000 times so only small quantities of antibiotics are needed to kill the bacteria. When administered to fight Gram-positive bacteria, the compound kills the bacteria without needing any antibiotics.

In combination with this compound, even older antibiotics become much more powerful and useful in smaller dosages.

Science Blog July 20, 2004

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