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Most people hear the word honey and immediately think of the sweet, amber colored food that they put in their tea, but did you know that honey actually has been studied extensively for its medicinal properties? 

First let’s learn how honey is made. We all know that flowers need a little bit of help to reproduce, so the way that they solve this problem is they have petals that attract bees to come to them. The flower produces a nectar that bees love, while the bees are on the flower drinking the nectar, they get covered in the flowers pollen. Then when the bee flies back to the hive after visiting between 50 to 100 flowers, that nectar that the bee kept is concentrated and then turned into honey! So the symbiotic relation between the flower and the honey bee is the reason that we have the secret superfood, most commonly known as honey.

As of recent years, superbugs have been causing problems in the medical world because these bugs are not responding to the medicines that have been used for years. They have mutated and become resistant to antibiotics. We have caused a natural selection of bacteria. The superbugs have survived and the normal bacteria have died off, causing all of these new bacteria to be resistant to antibiotics. The World Health Organization has recently been worried about the rise of the superbug. They warned that if nothing was done about the superbugs, we would enter a post-antibiotic era, in which diseases that used to be contained and managed with modern medicine would now be resistant and more deadly than they used to be. One of the major components of honey is glucose oxidase, which is an enzyme that produces hydrogen peroxide. Many different researchers have concluded that this enzyme is one of the main reasons why honey has a powerful antibacterial capability. 

Manuka honey has been studied for its medicinal properties extensively. The largest supplier of manuka honey in New Zealand is Comvita, and its CEO has stated that manuka honey has a concentration of phenols. The reason that it is considered manuka honey is because of the concentration of the phenols. Phenols are antioxidants that are naturally found in honey. These antioxidants inhibit the growth of bacteria. (These antioxidants are one of the reasons why honey never goes bad!) The antioxidants that are in honey are better than synthetic antibiotics because the superbugs (so far) are still not resistant to the antioxidants, which stops the spread of the superbugs. 

Honey has been shown to help relieve the symptoms and heal skin conditions from  dermatitis to MRSA. Honey has also been proven to be more effective in healing burns than medicated bandages. There was a study done on 108 patients who had first and second degree burns on less than 50 percent of their bodies. 51 of the patients with burns used honey to treat the burn and the other 57 patients used medicated bandages to heal the burn. The group that used the honey to treat the burns had their wounds heal in an average of 18.16 days, whereas the group with the medicated bandages had their wounds heal in an average of 32.68 days. Another thing that was discovered during this study was that the patients that had the honey dressings saw their wounds sterile after just 7 days, whereas the medicated bandage group saw their wounds sterile after 21 days.

Antioxidants are extremely important for keeping humans healthy. Healthy blood contains high levels of antioxidants in it. The quality of our blood is vital to the health and well- being of humans. Healthy blood helps support the immune system and the immune system in turn helps prevent infections and diseases. The role of antioxidants in the blood is to help prevent oxidation in the blood. Low amounts of antioxidants in blood result in what is called oxidative stress. Health conditions such as diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, hypertension, and heart disease have all been linked to high oxidative stress. Antioxidants help prevent or slow cell damage. It was written in a report that was published in the medical journal, Molecules, in 2012, that honey has many medicinal effects that include antibacterial, hypoglycemic, anti-hypertensive, and antioxidant effects. The best kind of honey to ingest to help keep your antioxidant levels high is darker honey. 

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