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Benefits of Honey
Honey is a sweet food made by bees using nectar from flowers.

1. Soothes coughs
A 2007 study from Penn State College of Medicine that involved 139 children, found that buckwheat honey outperformed the cough suppressant, dextromethorphan (DM), in calming nighttime coughs in children and improving theirsleep. Another study published in Pediatrics included 270 children aged one to five with nighttime cough due to simple colds in this study, the children who received two teaspoons of honey 30 minutes before bed, coughed less frequently, less severely and were less likely to lose sleep due to the cough when compared to those who didnt get honey.

2. Boosts memory
According to research reported byReuters, 102 healthy women of menopausal age were assigned to consume 20 grams of honey a day, take hormonereplacement therapy containing estrogen and progesterone or do nothing. After four months, those who took honey or hormone pills recalled about one extra word out of 15 presented on a shorttermmemorytest. That said, some critics of the study say that it wasnt scientifically sound because it was small and didnt last long.

3. Treats wounds
In numerous studies, honey has been found effective in treating wounds. In a Norwegianstudy, a therapeutic honey called Medihoney (a New Zealand honey that undergoes a special purification process) and Norwegian Forest Honey were found to kill all strains of bacteria in wounds. In anotherstudy, 59 patients suffering from wounds and leg ulcers of which 80 percent 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. Wounds that were sterile at the outset, remained sterile until healed, while infected wounds and ulcers became sterile within one week of applying honey.

4. Provides nutrients
According to theNational Honey Board, honey containssmall amounts of a wide array of vitamins and minerals, including niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. Thus, using honey instead of sugar provides you withmore nutrients for your calories.

5. Potentially prevents low white blood cell count
In onesmall trial, 40 percent of cancer patients who were known to be at risk of neutropenia (very low blood count) had no further episodes of the condition after taking two teaspoons daily of therapeutic honey during chemotherapy. More research is needed, but the remedy could hold great potential.

6. May relieve seasonal allergies
Many people swear by honeys ability to lessen symptoms of seasonal allergy. As honey has antiinflammatory effects and is known to soothe coughs, it may not seem like much of a stretch but honeys efficacy for treating allergyhasnt been proven in clinical studies.That said, 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. Whether it can be proven by science or not is one thing but at its worst, it makes for a delicious placebo.

7. Kills antibiotic resistant bacteria
In clinical studies, medical grade honey has been shown to kill foodborne illness pathogens likeE. coliandsalmonella, as well as methicillinresistantStaphylococcus aureusandPseudomonas aeruginosa, both of which are common in hospitals and doctors offices.

8. Makes great workout fuel
Many athletes rely onsugarladen sports drinksand gels for carbohydrates to fuel their bodies before and during endurance events, and afterwards to help muscle recovery. At 17 grams of carbohydrates per tablespoon, honey makes an excellent source of allnatural energy that is superior to other conventional sources since it comes with added nutrients. The National Honey Board recommends adding honey to your bottle of water for an energy boost during workouts. Snacks with honey can be eaten before and after, and honey sticks can be used during endurance events.

9. Resolves scalp problems and dandruff
In a study involving patients with chronic seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff, the participants were asked to apply honey diluted with 10 percent warm water to their problem areas and leave it on for three hours before rinsing with warm water. In all of the patients, itching was relieved and scaling disappeared within one week. Skin lesions were completely healed within two weeks, and patients showed subjective improvement in hair loss as well. And when applied weekly thereafter for six months, patients showed no sign of relapse. All of that said, there are two important things to remember about honey: One, just because it proffers numerous health benefits doesnt mean its not caloric one tablespoon yields 64 calories. Also, its crucial to remember that honey is not appropriate for children younger than 12 months because it can contain the bacteria that causes infant botulism.

10. Prevent cancer and heart disease
Honey contains flavonoids, antioxidants which help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease.

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