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  • What is UMF - "The UMF grading system appraises the natural markers found in manuka honey and assures purity and quality ... The higher the UMF grade the greater the presence of the unique manuka honey attributes ... Low Grade: UMF5 to UMF9 ... Medium Grade: UMF10 to UMF15 ... Superior High Grade: UMF16+"
  • Is Honey Healthy? Here's What Experts Say - Time, 4/16/19 - "Research has linked honey to an improvement in gut microbial balance, coughing and other respiratory conditions. Because of honey’s trace nutrients, the sweetener has been thought to have antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, along with healing potential for ailments such as sore throats, digestive disorders and burns, Friedman says ... But it’s important to consider the full nutritional picture. To get many of these benefits, “we’d have to eat a lot of honey,” says Friedman. “And unfortunately, consuming a lot of honey means consuming a lot of calories.” ... So what’s the best type to buy? “It depends on what flavors you’re looking for and how you’re using it. Manuka honey has a stronger and distinct taste that might not make it great for using in baking, for example,” she says. Darker honey is also said to be higher in antioxidants, she notes, but it tends to have a more intense, bitter flavor that not everyone enjoys. “Buckwheat is one variety that has been highlighted for a robust nutrient profile.”"
  • Medical-Grade Honey as an Alternative to Surgery - Medscape, 4/7/19 - "The properties of ALH include autolytic debridement, bacterial growth inhibition, anti-inflammatory mediation, and cytokine release, making it a viable option for wound management for patients with contraindications to surgery. However, surgical debridement should remain a tenet of wound care in appropriate patients." - See honey at Amazon.com.
  • Honey as a Cough Suppressant in Children: Does It Work? - Medscape, 1/18/13 - "Honey has many potential medicinal benefits, including antioxidant activity. Histograms created by the investigators show that the postintervention scores were lower for every group, suggesting a potential benefit of just being in the study, or a temporal improvement of symptoms. However, improvement was universally much greater for the honey extracts, by as much as 20%, compared with the placebo extract. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) does not recommend honey for patients younger than 1 year of age because of the potential risk for botulism. The AAP has produced a handout that can be shared with families, and that details several safe alternatives for alleviating cold symptoms in children, including honey. When considering the relatively low cost of honey (compared with OTC cough and cold medications) and concerns over the vasoactive agents in OTC cough and cold preparations, honey sure seems to be an attractive option"
  • Unbearable honey - The Daily, 11/13/11 - "More than three-fourths of the honey tested from grocery stores in the U.S. doesn’t meet the international standards to be labeled “honey,” according to an analysis done for Food Safety News ... The results show that the pollen frequently has been removed through a high-tech process called ultra-filtration. Without pollen, the product isn’t considered to be honey by most of the world’s food safety agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration ... Pollen contains enzymes, antioxidants and has well-documented anti-allergenic benefits, experts say. “Stomach ailments, anemia and allergies are just a few of the conditions that may be improved by consumption of unprocessed honey,” ... The Food and Drug Administration agrees that any product that’s been ultra-filtered and no longer contains pollen isn’t honey" - Note: This might be an option in the future if you don't mind bees flying though your yard to get to it:
  • How Manuka Honey Helps Fight Infection - Science Daily, 9/9/09
  • Antioxidant In Substance From Honeybees May Protect Athletes From Overheating - Science Daily, 7/28/09
  • Honey Adds Health Benefits, Is Natural Preservative And Sweetener In Salad Dressings - Science Daily, 12/24/08
  • Honey Helps To Heal Wounds, Review Suggests - Science Daily, 10/7/08
  • Does Honey Relieve Cough in Children? - Medscape, 5/8/08 - "On a 6-point scale, subjects who received honey reported an average improvement of 1.89 points in cough frequency, compared with 1.39 points for DM subjects and 0.92 points for "no treatment" subjects. Parental assessment of the child's sleep improved by 2.49 points for honey patients, by 1.79 points for DM patients, and by 1.57 points for no treatment patients"
  • Honey May Soothe Kids' Coughs - WebMD, 12/3/07 - "Honey ranked highest, followed by dextromethorphan, and the placebo was in last place in terms of cough relief ... honey's slim lead over dextromethorphan may have been due to chance"
  • Study: Honey seems to calm coughs in kids - USATODAY.com, 12/3/07
  • Patients Should Ask Surgeons About Using Honey To Heal Wounds - Science Daily, 10/17/07
  • Can Honey Heal? - Dr. Weil, 2/15/07
  • Honey Helps Problem Wounds - Science Daily, 7/27/06
  • Healing Honey: The Sweet Evidence Revealed - Science Daily, 4/7/06
  • Honey Could Be Healthy Alternative To High-fructose Corn Syrup In Halloween Candy - Science Daily, 12/23/04
  • Effects of an herbal medication containing bee products on menopausal symptoms and cardiovascular risk markers: results of a pilot open-uncontrolled trial - Medscape, 12/16/04
  • The Newest Cancer Fighter? - Mercola.com, 12/8/04
  • Bee Products - Pollen, Propolis, and Royal Jelly - Dr. Murray's Natural Facts, 6/23/04

Abstracts:

  • Stingless Bee Honey Improves Spatial Memory in Mice, Probably Associated with Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) and Inositol 1,4,5-Triphosphate Receptor Type 1 (Itpr1) Genes - Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2019 Dec 2;2019:8258307 - "This study was conducted to evaluate the effects of stingless bee honey (SBH) supplementation on memory and learning in mice. Despite many studies that show the benefits of honey on memory, reports on the nootropic effects of SBH are still lacking, and their underlying mechanism is still unclear. SBH is a honey produced by the bees in the tribe of Meliponini that exist in tropical countries. It features unique storage of honey collected in cerumen pots made of propolis. This SBH may offer a better prospect for therapeutic performance as the previous report identifies the presence of antioxidants that were greater than other honey produced by Apis sp ...Results indicate spatial working memory and spatial reference memory of mice were significantly improved in the honey-treated group compared with the control group. Improved memory consolidations were also observed in prolonged supplementation. Gene expression analyses of acutely treated mice demonstrated significant upregulation of BDNF and Itpr1 genes that involve in synaptic function. NMR analysis also identified phenylalanine, an essential precursor for tyrosine that plays a role at the BDNF receptor. In conclusion, SBH supplementation for seven days at 2000 mg/kg, which is equivalent to a human dose of 162 mg/kg, showed strong capabilities to improve spatial working memory. And prolonged intake up to 35 days increased spatial reference memory in the mice model. The phenylalanine in SBH may have triggered the upregulation of BDNF genes in honey-treated mice and improved their spatial memory performance" - See stingless bee honey at Amazon.com.
  • A Review of Potential Beneficial Effects of Honey on Bone Health - Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2019 Sep 19;2019:8543618 - "Honey can protect the bone via its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, primarily through its polyphenol content that acts upon several signalling pathways, leading to bone anabolic and antiresorptive effects. In conclusion, honey is a potential functional food for bone health, but the dose and the bioactive contents of honey need to be verified prior to its application in humans" - See honey products at Amazon.com.
  • A Review on the Protective Effects of Honey against Metabolic Syndrome - Nutrients. 2018 Aug 2;10(8) - "Honey is a nutritional food low in glycemic index. Honey intake reduces blood sugar levels and prevents excessive weight gain. It also improves lipid metabolism by reducing total cholesterol (TC), triglyceride (TG), low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and increasing high-density lipoprotein (HDL), which leads to decreased risk of atherogenesis. In addition, honey enhances insulin sensitivity that further stabilizes blood glucose levels and protects the pancreas from overstimulation brought on by insulin resistance. Furthermore, antioxidative properties of honey help in reducing oxidative stress, which is one of the central mechanisms in MetS. Lastly, honey protects the vasculature from endothelial dysfunction and remodelling. Therefore, there is a strong potential for honey supplementation to be integrated into the management of MetS, both as preventive as well as adjunct therapeutic agents" - See Manuka Honey at Amazon.com.
 

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