From the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in San Diego
The next time you use oregano leaves in a recipe or sprinkle ground cinnamon on your oatmeal, you may be giving yourself a boost of antimicrobial activity.
In a study presented during a poster session, researchers from the University of California, Irvine, separated the methanol extracts of 21 common dietary supplements by thin layer chromatography. Each supplement was then subjected to a bioautograph by covering the silica plate with Mueller-Hinton agar seeded with either E. coli or Staphylococcus aureus.
Antimicrobial activity appeared in six supplements: cinnamon, Fo-ti (Polygonum multiflorum), ginger, Goldenseal root, oregano, and osha (Ligusticum porteri). The researchers postulated that these supplements may be used to develop new antibiotics in the future.
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— Doug Brunk (on Twitter@dougbrunk)