Some Health Benefits Worth Know­ing

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The pos­si­ble health benefits of con­sum­ing honey have been doc­u­mented in early Greek, Ro­man, Vedic and Is­lamic texts, and the heal­ing qual­i­ties of honey were re­ferred to by philoso­phers and sci­en­tists all the way back to an­cient times, in­clud­ing by Aris­to­tle (384–322 BC). Over four thou­sand years ago, honey was used as a tra­di­tional ayurvedic medicine, where it was thought to be ef­fec­tive at treat­ing ma­te­rial im­bal­ances in the body. Mod­ern science is find­ing that many of the his­tor­i­cal claims that honey can be used in medicine may in­deed be true. Honey has anti-vi­ral, anti-mi­cro­bial and anti-par­a­sitic ef­fects. Its ca­pac­ity to in­hibit the growth of micro­organ­isms and fungi is well doc­u­mented.

Heals wounds and burns

There have been some cases in which peo­ple have re­ported pos­i­tive ef­fects of honey in treat­ing wounds. A re­view pub­lished in The Cochrane Li­brary in­di­cated that honey may be able to help heal burns. The lead au­thor of the study said that “top­i­cal honey is cheaper than other in­ter­ven­tions, no­tably oral an­tibi­otics, which are of­ten used and may have other dele­te­ri­ous side ef­fects.” In nu­mer­ous stud­ies, honey has been found ef­fec­tive in treat­ing wounds. In one study, 59 pa­tients suf­fer­ing from wounds and leg ul­cers – of which 80 per cent had failed to heal with con­ven­tional treat­ment – were treated with un­pro­cessed honey. All but one of the cases showed re­mark­able im­prove­ment fol­low­ing top­i­cal ap­pli­ca­tion of honey.

Soothes coughs

A study pub­lished in Pe­di­atrics in­cluded 270 chil­dren aged one to five with night-time cough due to sim­ple colds. The chil­dren who re­ceived two tea­spoons of honey 30 min­utes be­fore bed coughed less fre­quently and less se­verely, and were less likely to lose sleep due to the cough when com­pared to those who didn’t get honey.

May re­lieve sea­sonal al­ler­gies

There is some re­search to sug­gest that honey may be use­ful in min­i­miz­ing sea­sonal al­ler­gies. As honey has anti-in­flam­ma­tory ef­fects and is known to soothe coughs, it may not seem like much of a stretch. Some ex­perts say that honey can con­tain traces of flower pollen, and ex­po­sure to small amounts of al­ler­gens works as good treat­ment to com­bat re­ac­tions. Over­all, while there are nu­mer­ous health benefits that can be gained from honey, the ex­tent of such benefits greatly de­pends on its qual­ity. Not all honey is cre­ated equally and hence the var­i­ous types do not nec­es­sar­ily pro­vide the same benefits.

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