Honey: Is it the bee's knees of miracle foods?

The most touching testimony to honey’s healing powers from this MSNBC.com came from Dr. Craig Lambrecht, a North Dakota emergency physician, who began to use a paste version of Medihoney while serving with the National Guard in Iraq. Dr. Lambrecht used this manuha honey paste to treat severe burns at the military clinic for Iraqi children. Not only did the children heal faster and had fewer complications with the honey paste than with other treatments, but the “Iraqi families soon preferred the honey over other treatments because it was natural and because the honey dressings don’t need to be changed as often as traditional ones,” as the dressings can stay on a wound for a week without losing potency. MSNBC.com quoted Lambrecht, who has five children of his own, as saying, “I would use the Medihoney on burns on my children, as the first choice, without question.”

The Benefits of Honey website claims that honey doesn’t just aid the ill, it also promotes overall health, concluding that honey "is known for its effectiveness in instantly boosting the performance, endurance and reduce muscle fatigue of athletes." Honey can also step in as an immunity aid, using the natural antioxidants and anti-bacterial properties to keep you fighting back with gusto. In fact, biochemist Peter Molan, a professor at the University of Waikato in New Zealand, “found manuka honey can kill the toughest bacteria even when diluted 10 times and recommends it especially for people with weak immune systems,” quotes MSNBC.com.

As if promoting good health, energy, beauty and assisting in ailments weren't enough, honey can help with your diet too. Benefits of Honey reviewed a revolutionary new diet called the Hibernation Diet. The Hibernation Diet is in fact a comprehensive book, authored by Mike McInnes, Stuart McInnes and Maggie Stanfield. The Benefits of Honey website goes into detail, describing the diet in full.

Beginning with the basics, it discusses how your body can often produce stress hormones in your sleep, instead of burning fat when your liver is depleted of necessary resources. When taking a teaspoon of natural honey before bed, the honey fuels the liver, which can "speed up fat-burning metabolism, ease stress hormones and help us get a better night’s sleep." Honey provides the nutrition to supply the liver with additional glucose after you have gone to sleep, meaning the liver is fueled and instead of producing stress hormones because of depletion, it is able to recover and rejuvenate throughout the night burning fat. Included on the web page are first-hand testimonials promoting this diet, which not only helps participants lose weight, but also wake up after a sound sleep to a refreshed and energized morning.

Livestrong.com also promotes the medical benefits of honey for weight loss, reiterating that with B1, B2, B5 and B6 vitamins, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, sodium, zinc, antioxidants, anti-bacterial agents and amino acids it is no wonder honey is nature’s miracle sweetener.

This golden liquid isn’t just tasty, it is testimonial to nature’s healing powers. With a single spoonful of honey, think of all the difference you could make. If not, it’s still a sweet treat!

Honey has a reputation stretching back hundreds of thousands of years as a "miracle food" — although, since the advent of refined sugar, honey has been on the back-burner as a sweetener. You might be missing out on more than you bargained for when swapping the honey bear for the sugar bowl. That bear has some surprising tricks up his sleeve.

The Benefits of Honey website compiles an impressive smorgasbord of information about honey, ranging from basic facts to inspiring properties. The website claims that honey "offers incredible antiseptic, antioxidant and cleansing properties for our body and health, beauty and skin care tips for ladies, and amazing healing properties as a head-to-toe remedy, from eye conjunctivitis to athlete foot." In fact, the website includes an entire comprehensive list of the conditions that honey can help, as well as a number of innovative beauty recipes — from toners to masks — which all utilize the natural benefits of honey.

The article "Honey making a medical comeback" on MSNBC.com also delves into extensive detail regarding this sweet nectar. The article focuses on an innovative wound care product from Derma Sciences Inc., called Medihoney, which has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and uses the natural benefits of manuka honey to create healing wonders. While Medihoney is not yet released to U.S. drug stores, it is being used in clinics and hospitals in the U.S. as well as "Australia, New Zealand and Europe, where such products have been popular for over a decade," according to MSNBC.com. The website also notes that Dr. Robert Frykberg, chief of podiatry at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Phoenix, "said the Medihoney dressing can also prevent the dangerous drug-resistant staph infection known as MRSA from infecting open wounds."

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