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6 Illnesses That Respond to Local Organic Honey

Walking through your local grocery store, or farmer's market, you might pass by a jar of local organic honey. While the price tag might be a little intimidating, from $3.99 - 12.00 per lb at the grocery store, there are many benefits that come with "legit" honey. Not only are you supporting the environment, your local bees and beekeepers, but you are also making a healthy decision for yourself as well.


Below are 7 illnesses that have shown a positive response to local organic honey as reported by Samarghandian, S., Farkhondeh, T., & Samini, F. (2017).


DISCLAIMER: These are not cures. Do not make any changes to your health without consulting your doctor first.


Wound Healing

Honey has been regarded as fabulous topical treatment for wounds, as it is antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and an antioxidant (Samarghandian, S., Farkhondeh, T,. & Samini F., 2017). It also engages the immune system when faced with in infection. So if you are out of neosporin, honey may be a great option for treating any minor cut or scrape.

Diabetes

Another condition honey has been known to treat is diabetes mellitus (Samarghandian, S., Farkhondeh, T,. & Samini F., 2017). This is due to its antioxidant properties, which combined with traditional antidiabetic medications are an excellent way to manage this disease (Samarghandian, S., Farkhondeh, T,. & Samini F., 2017).

Cancer

Through many mechanisms, honey has also found to be effective in treating cancer (Samarghandian, S., Farkhondeh, T,. & Samini F., 2017). This is through its ability to facilitate cell death, or apoptosis, antimutagenic, antiproliferative, and anti-inflammatory pathways (Samarghandian, S., Farkhondeh, T,. & Samini F., 2017). The cancers indicated in this study that have responded positively to honey are melanoma, adenocarcinoma epithelial cells, cervical cancer, endometrial cancer, ,liver cancer, colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, renal cell carcinoma, bladder cancer, human nonsmall cell lung cancer, bone cancer, and leukemia and mouth cancer (Samarghandian, S., Farkhondeh, T,. & Samini F., 2017).

Asthma

Honey has found to be effective in preventing asthma, due to its anti-inflammatory properties (Samarghandian, S., Farkhondeh, T,. & Samini F., 2017). And if you do not like the taste of honey but want some bronchial relief, just inhaling honey was found to reduce mucous (Samarghandian, S., Farkhondeh, T,. & Samini F., 2017).

Cardiovascular Diseases

The antioxidant properties of honey are what make it so effective in preventing cardiovascular disease. For example, flavonoids, polyphenolics, Vitamin C, and monophenolics found in honey were associated with decreased risk of cardiovascular failure (Samarghandian, S., Farkhondeh, T,. & Samini F., 2017).

Neurological Diseases

As someone who works in the behavioral health field. I was fascinated with learning that honey was found to have anti-anxiety antidepressant, anticonvulsant, and antinociceptive properties (Samarghandian, S., Farkhondeh, T,. & Samini F., 2017). The polyphenol in honey was also found to be neuroprotective, especially in the hippocampus which is responsible for memory (Samarghandian, S., Farkhondeh, T., & Samini, F., 2017).


So enjoy your honey, and think about all the ways it may be able to help you bee your best self.


Resources

Samarghandian, S., Farkhondeh, T., & Samini, F. (2017). Honey and Health: A Review of Recent Clinical Research. Pharmacognosy research, 9(2), 121–127. https://doi.org/10.4103/0974-8490.204647


https://www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/fvmhoney.pdf

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