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Honey

Oct 29, 2010   //   by Dr. Alireza Taban   //   Hot topics  

Honey and Health

Honey is a substance produced by bees from the nectar of plants. usually it is used as a medicine.

Honey is composed of two main sugars, levulose and dextrose. These sugars do not need to be broken down by the digestive process, so honey is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, giving a quick energy boost to the body. It also contains protein, vitamins and minerals, but no cholesterol.

also it can become contaminated with germs from plants, bees, and dust during production, and also during collection and processing. Fortunately, the germ-fighting characteristics of honey ensure that most contaminating organisms cannot survive or reproduce. However, bacteria that reproduce using spores, including the bacterium that causes botulism , may remain . This explains why botulism has been reported in infants given honey by mouth ( therefore Infants up to one year of age should not be fed raw honey). To solve this problem, medical-grade honey (Medihoney) is irradiated to inactive the bacterial spores. Medical-grade honey is also standardized to have consistent germ-fighting activity. Some experts also suggest that medical-grade honey should be collected from hives that are free from germs and not treated with antibiotics, and that the nectar should be from plants that have not been treated with pesticides.

Honey has been used in many medical applications over the years, but recent studies are now able to prove its beneficial nature in some applications, including as antibacterial topical treatment for burns and ulcers. The reason is because honey has osmotic properties; that is, it tends to withdraw water. Water molecules strongly react with the sugars in honey, leaving little water available for microorganisms. Thus, infection-causing bacteria is literally dehydrated to death by honey. Enzymatic activities of honey also produce hydrogen peroxide, which generate highly reactive free radicals which kill bacteria, further contributing to its antibacterial properties. Honey has also been used to successfully store skin grafts for up to twelve weeks. Lab tests have shown that different types of honey have differing antibacterial sensitivities, so research continues to determine which floral sources are most beneficial.

you should  remember that honey can be different effect  in different peoples, because different region honey have different  pollen, germ, dust, … and it can be different action in biologic and immunology systems.

Don’t confuse honey with bee pollen, bee venom, and royal jelly.

Example of honey recipes:

stomach ache relife whth the help of honey

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/2 lemon, juice of
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated ginger  (optional)