How does one get benefit from honey?
Honey is made up of sugars like glucose and fructose and minerals like magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium chlorine, sulphur, iron, and phosphate. It contains vitamins B1, B2, C, B6, B5, and B3 all of which change according to the qualities of nectar and pollen. Besides the above, copper, iodine, and zinc are present in it, in small quantities.
Honey is also a wonderful beauty aid that nourishes the skin and the hair. Honey acts as an anti- bacterial and anti- fungal agent and helps disinfect and speed the healing process in wounds, scrapes and burns.
A special type of indigenous honey available in New Zealand has special anti- infection properties that may help reduce inflammation in cancer patient, say scientists. Manuka honeys healing power have been known for centuries. It has been used as a medicine since the ancient Egyptians, who regarded it as a cure- all. The Christie Hospital in Didsbury, Manchester, has been using special honey- coated dressings at the Manchester Royal infirmary since May. “Manuka honey has special anti- inflammatory and anti- infection properties and is belived to reduce the likelihood of infection,” said Nick Slevin, a specialist at the hospital. The hospital is buying Manuka honey, produced by bees that mainly feed on the Manuka bush from New Zealand, in bulk. The doctors at the hospital now plan to use it on mouth and throat cancer patients. According to doctors, 60 patients at the hospital are taking part in a study to see if the honey can prevent infections that may be resistant to antibiotics.