Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Malaysian Honey Retards Cancer Growth, Inhibits Bacteria and Fungi

Health Benefits of Tualang Honey on Par with Imported Ones

Feb 7 (Bernama) -- Honey in its natural state, is a veritable store house of health benefits, containing sugars like fructose and glucose, minerals like magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium chloride, sulphur, iron and phosphates as well as vitamins B1, B2, C, B6, B5 and B3.

Not surprisingly, it is an important ingredient for traditional medicines used by various civilisations throughout centuries. Prior to 1996, the Tualang Honey collectors in the districts of Padang Terap, Ulu Muda, Sik, Baling, Jerai and Kubang Pasu in Kedah were selling their honey, packed in simple bottles, at makeshift roadside stalls and village markets…

According to Prof Dr Nor Hayati Othman, Dean of Clinical Science Research at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Kelantan, results from a total of 48 studies indicated that Tualang Honey, either taken orally or applied as a dressing to superficial cuts and burns, provides an array of medicinal benefits.

"Although still at its early stages, the encouraging results prove that Tualang Honey has anti-bacterial as well as antioxidant properties that can retard the growth of certain cancer cells and inhibits a broad spectrum of bacterial and fungal species, apart from being a good source of instant energy for the body," she said. Honey is an effective treatment for stomach problems, as it encourages healthy functioning of the intestine and kidneys.

Anyone can digest honey easily, because its sugar molecules convert into other, simpler sugars. Therefore, it does not irritate the digestive tract lining, and is soothing for the stomach. Nor Hayati said that honey is one of nature’s wonders.

"It is a complete food in itself. Being a regular user for the past 25 years myself, I am a firm believer in the health benefits of Tualang Honey," she added. "Tualang Honey even contains some positive elements that are not present in imported honey," she said…

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