Friday, October 20, 2006

Honey is a Potent Healer

Oh, Sweet Honey
The Star (Malaysia), 10/14/2006

Honey’s rich nutrient, enzyme and antioxidant content combined with its ability to thwart infections makes it a potent healer…

Honey is composed primarily of carbohydrates and water, and also contains small amounts of a wide array of vitamins and minerals, including niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc, as revealed in today’s research on honey.

Honey is also a rich source of enzymes, antioxidants and other phytonutrients. Honey contains a variety of flavonoids and phenolic acids, which act as antioxidants, scavenging and eliminating free radicals1. These antioxidant substances found in honey have been shown to be responsible for the antimicrobial and wound-healing properties of honey2.

Other phytonutrients found in honey, including caffeic acid, methyl caffeate, phenylethyl caffeate and phenylethyl dimethylcaffeate, have been shown to possess cancer-preventing and anti-tumour properties.

The wound-healing properties of honey may be its most promising medicinal quality...

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