For ages now, honey has been touted as another healthy, medicinal cure-all, but according to the Cardiff University’s School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals, infusing salmonella-killing herbs into the “Nectar of the Gods”, could help curb the effects of food poisoning.
Each year, there are more than 500,000 reported cases of salmonella-based food poisoning each year. Dr James Blaxland, who has led the work, tested more than 50 different plants extracts and hops against a range of bacteria, including salmonella.
“The idea is that we can produce a mead with high levels of the compounds which are active against salmonella, and, if people drink enough of our mead on a Saturday night, they might not get ill.”
The idea to develop this new “Super Mead” originated from a Scandinavian company that is also trying to develop a mead which could help fight against antibiotic resistance.
Along with developing “super meads”, researchers are also investigating the possibility of using hops-based compounds to prevent other human illnesses, primarily in beers.
It will be interesting to see if these new “super meads” come to market and whether or not they’ll help to continue increasing popularity and appearance of mead in the mainstream beverage category. Could we possibly start seeing mead on pharmacy shelves? Time will only tell!