Honey: The First Antibiotic
June 17, 2008
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Due to the use of modern antibiotics, however, its medicinal benefits have been forgotten for 60 years.
But honey was mostly likely our very first antibiotic.
- Honey contains hydrogen peroxide which is released slowly and kills bacteria.
Honey helps "Good Bacteria" Grow. Honey contains prebiotics which help "good" bacteria called probiotics grow.
Honey contains Antioxidants. Just like chocolate (which helps your heart), the darker the honey the higher the level of antioxidants.
Honey can be used to heal burns and wounds. A 2006 study found that "honey, the oldest wound dressing material known to medicine, can give positive results where the most modern products are failing".
- A 2002 study also showed that honey helped treat ulcers that were resistant to antibiotics.
- Do Not Give Honey To Infants < 1 Year of Age. Infants do not contain enough stomach acid to kill the bacterium Clostridium botulinum that can cause severe food poisoning.
What Do The Different Grades Of Honey Mean?
- Honey is graded on a scale from 1 to 100 based on 3 factors:
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