Beeswax, which has been discovered since 7000 B.C., is likely to be used for waterproofing. The ancient egyptians offered honey to the gods and then joined the greeks, Romans and Chinese to use it as a ointment for wounds and to treat fever and stomach problems.
Today, honey supporters proclaim their magical healing properties, claim that it can prevent cancer and heart disease, reduce ulcer, alleviate digestive problems, regulate blood sugar, relieve a cough and sore throat, and improve performance.
But how many of these USES have been scientifically proven in ancient or modern times?
Thumbs up: antibacterial properties.
There is no doubt that honey has the ability to kill bacteria. Studies have shown that it works on dozens of strains, including e. coli and salmonella. A specific type of honey from New Zealand, called manuka honey, and Tualang honey in Malaysia, have been shown to fight staphylococcus and peptic ulcers – helicobacter pylori.
What makes honey antibacterial? When bees fertilize their pollen, most of them deposit hydrogen peroxide into honey. Adding honey is naturally acidic, and you have antibacterial properties.
This will explain the role of honey in accelerating wound healing and treating stomach diseases for centuries. Sure enough, modern science has proved that honey is effective in treating ulcers, bedsores, burns, skin ulcers and inflammation. Honey is even known to heal wounds that do not respond to antibiotics, but must be careful to ensure that the honey itself is free of contaminants.
The science also found that thicker honey may be stronger, and that the type of plant the busy bee picks affects the quality of the bacteria. Although manuka and Tualang honey have been thoroughly studied, scientists are busy studying the properties of locally grown honey to understand its potential benefits.
Thumbs up: soothe your throat.
A study of 139 children found that honey was better at reducing nighttime cough and improving sleep than the nightly cough suppressant, dextromethorphan, and Benadryl, an antihistamine.
Another study of 105 children showed that buckwheat honey was also better at suppressing coughs at night than dm. In Italy, the use of wild honey and Israel, and the use of eucalyptus, citrus and labiatae honey study found that these viscous material in reducing nighttime cough and respiratory infection in children with sleep problems better than a placebo.
But be very careful. Never give honey to children under 1 because the baby’s digestive system does not deal with any contaminants in honey, such as spores that cause botulism. Baby botulism is the most common form of human botulism in the United States.
Three studies conducted at the university of Memphis sports nutrition laboratory found that honey is as good or better as glucose or sugar water to enhance endurance athletes’ endurance. However, the research was funded by the national honey council, an “industry-funded agricultural promotion organization” that requires more impartial scientists to study.
The jury came out: cancer, heart disease, diabetes.
The study of diabetic rats showed that Tualang honey regulates blood sugar. But mice are not humans and experts warn against using too many sweets. Honey is still metabolized like sugar, molasses and maple sugar.
In the lab, Tualang honey has been shown to destroy the breast, cervical cancer and skin cancer cells, but the petri dish is a long way from human trials. However, due to high levels of antioxidants in the honey, many can resist cancer and cardiovascular disease caused by oxidative stress and inflammation, so honey possible anticancer agent and prevention of heart disease.
Think so, blueberries, broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, nuts, grapes, and dark green vegetables, tea, and whole grains: a mixture of robust health foods can help your body fight disease.