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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.


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