Yes, it is true. Honey it is not only a sweet food, but also a reliable product that can kill many bacteria. And also fungi and viruses. Microbes, to put it in one word. Its antimicrobial characteristics have long been appreciated and these days scientists have started to research it more as our synthetic drugs cannot keep up with superbugs. “Antimicrobial” is a general term which refers to the capacity of fighting microbes. Microbes include bacteria, fungi, archaea, protists and viruses (only some… Read More
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Why is honey antimicrobial? Its components make it like that. There are components that induce an indirect antimicrobial action, the microbial infection being fought by its immuno-activating, anti-inflammatory and prebiotic activity, and components or features that induce a direct antimicrobial activity. This one is given by 2 types of antimicrobial activity, generally accepted in honey: hydrogen peroxide activity and non-peroxide activity. Hydrogen peroxide activity Honey produces hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) through an enzyme called GLUCOSE OXIDASE (called inhibine in the past). It is added by the bees in the… Read More
They’d better not. It’s not because manuka honey is honey, a really sweet food, because diabetics CAN eat honey, but they SHOULD NOT eat manuka honey. According to latest research, besides diabetes there are other conditions that would impose a restriction from eating manuka honey: renal failure, hypertension and sepsis. Diabetics can eat honey. This is the subject of the article Can diabetics eat honey?, which describes why scientists consider this food more than just sugars, and what studies have proved this by now. On the… Read More
It is claimed that Berringa honey is The World’s Strongest Active Antibacterial Honey. It sounds familiar, doesn’t it? So many people claiming their honey is the best honey in the world:manuka honey, jarrah honey, baskir honey, gelam honey, tualang honey, maharishi honey, neem honey, revamil … And, of course, they all must have exotic names, be very expensive and hard to get. Australians have manuka trees and though the species of the tree is exactly the same, Leptospermum scoparium, the honey produced in New Zealand is… Read More
It’s a tough world! And searching for something, anything, that makes us happier is a normal thing. The reputation of some toxic honey, also called mad honey, red honey, hallucinogenic honey, as a product with psychoactive effects, has caught the attention of people. But as in many cases, reputation is oftentimes incomplete and misleading. It can, indeed, be used with recreational purposes, but only specific honeys, in specific doses and in certain moments. There are few people who know all these… Read More
Honey from cannabis. Well, why not? If lately cannabis has proved itself to be so helpful for the health of our body (not our mind!) why not making honey out of it? And I don’t mean making a boiled syrup, or infused honey with this plant, but real honey made by real honey bees. On March 2016, the Internet was offering a piece of news telling us about a bee trainer, who managed to make the bees visit cannabis plants. A lot of comments… Read More