Honey Beats Bacteria

Honey is one of the most powerful ways to protect your body. Honey is found in nature, it provides a wonderful delicious array of natural sugars found in fruits. Eating honey will promotes your good health. Especially benefits of honey, it is one of the simplest & most powerful ways to protect your body.

1. It boosts your immune system.

Raw, organic honey is loaded with vitamins, minerals & enzymes which will protect your body from bacteria and boosts immune system. Cold & flu symptoms, such as coughs, sore throats and congestion are kept away when treated with honey. In improving your immune system add 1-2 spoons of honey to warm water daily. For extra boost add fresh lemon juice & a dash of cinnamon to it.

2. Helps in reducing weight.

Drinking warm water with lemon plus honey on an empty stomach, taking 2-3 spoons of honey on daily basis is the best way to cleanse the liver, remove toxins and removes fat from the body. For good benefits add 1 spoon of honey and lemon juice to warm water before morning breakfast.

3. It reduces the risk of heart disease.

When cinnamon mixed with honey has shown to revitalize the arteries & veins of the heart and reduces cholesterol in body up to 10%. If you take this on regular basis it may reduce the risk of heart attacks & stop.
Add 1-2 spoons of honey and 1/3 tea spoon of cinnamon to warm take this mixture and drink daily.

4. It soothes indigestion.

People who suffer from indigestion taking 1-2 spoons of honey will relieve acidity in the stomach and smoothens digestion process. Honey Neutralizes gas and becomes the ultimate stomach soother due to overeating. Take 1-2 spoons of honey before heavy meals it is the best way for indigestion, if you already overindulged add honey plus lemon water will help to moves the food to the digestive system.

Manuka Honey in the Real World

If you’ve ever heard of Manuka honey (scientific name Leptospermum scoparium), perhaps you’re already aware that it’s been used for millennia as a remedy for inflammation and bacterial infections.

A new study at the University of Southampton in the U.K. recently reported that the honey from Down Under may be useful for decreasing the risk of infections and helping to prevent pathogenic bacterial colonies known as biofilm from developing on catheters and other medical devices.

Catheters are generally used to either monitor how much urine a patient releases or to drain it. According to The Journal of Pathology:

“Indwelling medical devices harbor biofilms which have been shown to cause infections and act as reservoirs for pathogens. Urinary catheters are often in place for considerable periods of time and are susceptible to both encrustation and biofilm formation.

Strategies for minimizing biofilm occurrence underpin an active research area in biomedicine. Manuka honey has, (among other things), well-established antibacterial properties.”1

The study entailed placing Manuka honey with bacterial cultures including Escherichia coli (E. coli), the cause of up to 90 percent of urinary tract infections (UTIs),2 and Proteus mirabilis, bacteria that under certain conditions can escape from the intestine and cause a urinary tract infection,3 to observe the honey’s effect on biofilm development. Medical News Today reported:

“After 72 hours, the team found the highest dilution of honey — 16.7 percent — had reduced the stickiness of bacteria by 77 percent, and all other dilutions had reduced stickiness by at least 70 percent by that point.

In terms of biofilm growth, the researchers found all concentrations of Manuka honey had reduced growth after [four] hours; the highest concentration decreased growth by 38 percent after [four] hours, increasing to 46 percent after 24 hours.”4

Part of the protocol in the study involved diluting the Manuka honey to various concentrations and testing it against different bacteria. Even at the weakest level, 3.3 percent, it was still able to slow down biofilm development and prevent bacteria from clustering.

Researchers concluded that in all cases, the honey “significantly inhibit(ed) bacterial attachment” — at least it did in lab tests.

In real life, biofilms can become hotbeds of infection that make the initial medical problem pale in comparison. Around 100 million catheters are sold around the world every year, so they’re a natural purveyor of UTIs and other infections.

Scientists still want to conduct further testing, however, before they advise using honey on catheters in real hospital settings, but as a Time article noted:

“Antibiotic resistance is a major problem worldwide. Bacteria can naturally become resistant to drugs used to treat it, and widespread use of antibiotics through the years in medicine and agriculture have contributed to the problem.”5

They say that doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity, yet doctors keep applying and prescribing the same ineffective methods and drugs to and for their patients with UTIs and other health problems, often making their diseases, pain and suffering worse. And all the time, honey was right under their noses.

Lack of Research Doesn’t Minimize Manuka Honey’s Effectiveness

As impressive as the clinical trials on Manuka honey appear to be, some medical entities claim lack of evidence that it would be useful in medical settings, as it hasn’t been “proven” in the right settings.

In the face of resounding success in the trial, the Southampton researchers could only assert that the honey was as valuable as any other substance they might have investigated.

In fact, unlike some other compounds they looked at (which are, incidentally, still in use), bacteria have not yet developed a resistance to Manuka honey.

The study concluded that, “In fact, no drug or dressing receives ringing endorsement, suggesting that the field is under-investigated or difficult to address.” A similar study at Cardiff in the U.K. in late 2011 was found to have very similar results. Microbiology Society reported:

“Manuka honey has broad spectrum antimicrobial activity and its use in the clinical setting is beginning to gain acceptance with the continuing emergence of antibiotic resistance and the inadequacy of established systemic therapies; novel inhibitors may affect clinical practice.”6

Mixing Manuka honey and Streptococcus pyogenes bacteria together netted “significant cell death and dissociation of cells from the biofilm.” This trial offered further evidence of the potential for this honey for topical wound application.7According to Oxford Journals:

“Since the late 1980s, a resurgence of severe invasive infections due to Streptococcus pyogenes (also known as group A streptococci) has been reported worldwide.

The two most severe invasive manifestations are streptococcal toxic shock syndrome (STSS) and necrotizing fasciitis, both of which are associated with high morbidity and mortality.”8

Honey’s potential for natural defenses and disease treatment could be a simple solution that more of the medical world — as well as anyone wanting to apply natural treatments at home — should pay attention to.

article source: www.mercola.com

Important note: * I am not a doctor and these statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products or services promoted on this website are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. You need to do your own research.

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