Baltic Ambers are known to contain medicinal properties and they have helped to relieve teeth pain. People in Baltic nations believe that this material contains some anti-inflammatory properties. To date, infants chew Amber to get relief from teeth pain.
However, scientists have just had a recent discovery. They found out that the compounds present in Amber have therapeutic effects and could help in the production of new medicines to fight antibiotic-resistant infections.
The U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that in the United States, millions of people have antibiotic-resistant infections that result in 3,500 deaths. Baltic Amber has served several purposes in the past ranging from pain relief to inflammation relief and the likes.
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We knew from previous research that there were substances in Baltic amber that might lead to new antibiotics, but they had not been systematically explored. We have now extracted and identified several compounds in Baltic ambers that show activity against gram-positive, antibiotic-resistant bacteria.The principal investigator of the project.
Ambrose was inspired by her Baltic heritage. On hearing about the importance of this plant, she took some samples of Amber with her when she visited a family in Lithuania. The Baltic Sea region homes the biggest deposit of Amber.
This compound is a fossilized resin that was formed about 44 million years ago. The resin came out from now-extinct pines in the Sciadopityaceae family.