Scientists discover that natural chemical can treat wounds twice as fast as antibiotics (WKRC File)
Scientists have tested a natural chemical that could heal wounds twice as fast.
The chemical, called Diindolylmethane or DIM, is made by the human body naturally, but it can also be found in broccoli, cauliflower, and other vegetables.
To test the chemical, several pigs had their wounds treated with DIM and antibiotics. The pigs treated with antibiotics recovered from their wounds in around 10 days while pigs treated with DIM recovered in only five days.
Scientists studying the chemical found that it prevents bacteria to function, which allows wounds to heal faster. Researchers found that DIM does not kill the bacteria, but blocks the signals that allow bacteria to communicate, which makes it more vulnerable to the immune system.
Antibiotics kill the bacteria on the wound, which allows new tissue to grow over the dead tissue and bacteria, which makes it take longer to heal.
Professor Ariel Kushmaro, one of the researchers in the experiment, says that the way DIM heals wounds is “a game-changer.”
Researchers are currently developing the chemical into an ointment for animals. They are also trying to determine if it could be used as a food additive for animals.