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Sweaty benefits

Last Updated: 18 January 2019

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Sweaty benefits

Although stigmatized in current society, it has been found that sweat stamps out skin bacteria. German researchers discovered that sweat glands constantly secrete a protein which acts as a natural antibiotic, killing off bacterial infections and the yeast Candida Albicans.

 

As a result of this, excessive washing or the use of medicated deodorants could prevent the skin’s natural shield against disease causing micro-organisms.

 

Written by Dr. Noel Duncan

 

Source:
Schittek, B et al. Dermcidin: a novel human antobiotic peptide secreted by sweat glands. 2001 Nature Immunology 2: 1133-1137.

 

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