The majority of folks love honey because of its thick, tasty goodness. Originally a natural sweetener, honey also helps balance out other flavors, intensify sauce thickness, and add wetness to your meal, indicates the National Honey Board. While it is a very diverse cooking ingredient, did you know honey could also provide some serious health benefits, too?
Check out below for two key reasons that makes honey the bee’s knees for your health:
It can relieve persistent coughs.
That’s right, honey could be a true lifesaver for you this flu season. As a study in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine makes it known, just one dose of buckwheat honey in the nighttime, when compared with both honey-flavored dextromethorphan (an often-used cough suppressant) and no treatment method at all, was found favorable in more than 100 children. From a general standpoint, parents realized that the honey was actually superior than the other two relief techniques for cough symptom relief and sleep improvement. Perhaps it’s no surprise, then, that the World Health Organization considers honey a possible demulcent, which is a sugary liquid that covers the throat and relaxes irritation symptoms.
It could also help treat injuries.
Don’t be shocked: honey has a long history of being a healer. It was first referenced in writing back sometime around 2100-2000 BC on a Sumerian tablet; the tablet mentioned how the use of honey as both a drug and relief ointment could be valuable, indicates the Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine. A medical-grade solution known as Medihoney that is taken from manuka honey (which originates from New Zealand bees that pollinate native manuka bushes) has the capability to work great on patients who are afflicted with wounds and cuts, offers Robin Miller, M.D., a board-certified internist. Bees such as these give honey that is relaxing and antibacterial, he finishes.
Any kind of honey could be of use. In one study found in the British Journal of Surgery, Nigerian researchers administered honey to 59 patients to treat their persistent ulcers. All except one of the patients experienced relief, while the infected sores and ulcers became totally sterile within just one week of administering the honey!
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