Sugar can indeed help scars heal faster. There have been several studies in the US and UK that have shown that sugar can heal faster and sometimes even better than medicines.
Sugar not only tastes sweet but it has also been shown to be “sweet” for your health. ‘Successful sugar treatments’ are backed up by many case studies from all over the world. It turns out that sugar treatments are very effective on wounds that are no longer healing with medicines.
This may make you wonder what kind of sugar it is. It has to be a special kind made for medical use. No, that’s not right! It’s the plain honey-like sugar that you put in tea or cook with. This is a true story of sugar medicine that worked:
It happened in Zimbabwe. A woman had a bad cut on her foot for five years, and the doctor told her that she had to have it cut off. The sugar treatment was then thought about. Someone washed the cut and put sugar on it. This process went on for days. Thank God, her foot was saved, and she still has it.
Thanks to sugar’s power! But the real hero behind this successful case is Moses Murandu, Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing at the University of Wolverhampton. It is Murandu who suggested counting on sugar treatment, as the last hope before going for amputation.
Murandu grew up in very poor conditions. Zimbabwe’s rural hills are where he was born and raised. As a child, he used to put salt on cuts when he got them. His family couldn’t even pay for basic medical care. On good days, his father would sometimes buy him sugar to cover up his wounds!
The BBC has a long article about Murandu and his ongoing research into sugar medicine. According to Murandu’s research, sugar medicine also works well for people who are diabetic. “Before you can turn sugar into glucose, you need the enzyme sucrase,” says Murandu. As sucrase is found inside people, putting sugar on the cut, which is outside of the body, wouldn’t have the same effect.
What to do about sugar?
When you put sugar on a wound, it soaks up all the moisture, making it impossible for germs to grow and infect the wound. In other words, if you cut yourself, you can put sugar on it and then cover it with a bandage. Sugar medicine might be a great alternative for people who can’t pay for antibiotics.
We are becoming immune to antibiotics because we use them too much, but sugar is much cheaper and easier to get. That’s right, not only people but also our pets can get all the “sugary” benefits. Since 2002, McMichael at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital has been using a mix of sugar and honey to treat pets. “We have had some great successes with this,” she said. This sugar treatment is something she does on cats, dogs, and sometimes farm animals.
The BBC news story says that this way of treating sugar is a discovery in modern science, but it has been used for a very long time, especially in developing countries. I guess old isn’t just gold; it’s also really sweet.