Country: New Zealand
Date: Spring 2010
If penicillin comes from a fungus (mold) could you eat
moldy bread as a cure for a bacterial infection ?
First, not all fungus makes penicillin, and some fungus makes
substances that are bad for you. So I would advise against eating an
Second, the amount of antibiotic that a fungus might make is very low.
The antibiotic must be collected and purified to have a therapeutic
effect. Eating raw fungus would not provide a high enough dose to
mimic taking antibiotic pills.
So in summary, no, eating fungus is not a good cure for an infection.
Hope this helps,
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