A protein called Histatin that is found in saliva is responsible for healing wounds.
Have you ever noticed that whenever you hurt yourself and you lick the wound, it heals faster? Now we know why!
Some scientists from The Netherlands recently isolated the compound that is responsible for that, and is the Histatin, a protein found in the saliva. After a serial of experiments that allowed them to prove that saliva contents healing properties, they worked on isolate the molecule with that capability, and found that a protein was the one.
This is an impressive discovery, because it explains why wounds in the mouth heal faster than other wounds, even though the mouth is full of bacteria. The uses that this discovery may have are unlimited. This protein can be used in people with injuries due to diabetes, ulcers, and other conditions. It could become a very common medicine for all kind of wounds.
That finding also explains why little kids and animals lick their wounds based on instinct. Even when it hasn’t been proved, all animals licked their wounds, as if they knew something that we didn’t. Sometimes instinct is one powerful thing we have on our favor.
Let’s see how this discovery ends up, and what interesting applications scientists develop from this tiny protein. Meanwhile, every time you have a wound remember to lick it!