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Diabetes & Honey

One way to effectively combat diabetes is to restock the liver prior to sleep (and natural honey is the gold standard food for this). Much modern diabetes type 2 is caused by poor quality sleep.

Mike McInnes
Edinburgh, Scotland
+ 44 131 622 5101
Ronald Fessenden, MD, MPH
Co-chairman Committee for the Promotion of Honey and Health, Inc
www.prohoneyandhealth.com

http://www.benefits-of-honey.com/hibernation-diet.html


Honey - The Modern Wound Healer -
(Courtesy Wounds UK Publishing)

Honey: an easy-to-use bioactive dressing that provides a moist healing environment, with the advantage of having within a single product a range of actions: debriding (the removal of dead, damaged or infected tissue from a wound in order to expose healthy tissue and allow the wound to heal), deodorizing, antibacterial, growth-promoting, anti-inflammatory, and scar minimizing.


The Nutritional Value  of Honey

Raw unfiltered honey is the key to ultimate nutrition. Honey is an instant energy-building food containing all the essential minerals necessary for life, all of the B complex group, amino acids, enzymes, and other vital factors. Honey is virtually free of bacteria.

Raw honey contains up to 80 different substances important to human nutrition. Besides glucose and fructose, honey contains: all of the B-complex, A, C, D, E, and K minerals and trace elements: magnesium, sulfur, phosphorus, iron, calcium, chlorine, potassium, iodine, sodium, copper, and manganese. The live enzyme content of honey is one of the highest of all foods. Honey also contains hormones as well as antimicrobial and antibacterial factors.


Simple Common Honey Uses & Recipes:

  • In one's morning and evening tea and/or coffee
  • On toast and crumpets, scones and croissants, cornbread and popovers
  • Topping one's pancakes and waffles
  • Mixed in yogurt
  • Over ice cream and berries
  • Baste one's turkey, ham or chicken - both inside and outside
  • Slathered over a soon to be roasted lamb - add rosemary and /oregano
  • Pan fried vegetables or stir fried meats - a spoonful livens up the flavors
  • A dash added to the lasagna meat or spaghetti sauce - gives a hint of something 'special' / cuts the acidity completely
  • Dripped over a vegetable entree
  • Used as a 'natural sweetener' instead of sugar - baking etc.
  • Drip over a spicy curry dish to smooth and give a sweet/hot taste
  • Apples dipped
  • Peanut butter and honey on toast or stuffed inside a croissant
  • Fried bananas laced with rum and honey
  • In a 'Hot Toddy' or Daiquiri
  • Put on a burn, an abrasion, scratch or blemish and the inherent qualities of honey begin to work their magic...
  • Salmon steak, teriyaki and seasoning, drizzle honey, crumble some pungent cheese, grill or wrap for ‘poached’ effect
  • Chicken wedges tossed with seasoning and honey, teriyaki over bed of rice
  • Marinate steaks with olive oil, balsamic, seasoning and honey (the enzime in honey breaks down the fiber to tenderize) / grill
  • Drizzle honey over scrambled eggs
  • Add honey to smoothies
  • Add honey to cooking rice at end so that water and honey is absorbed by rice for terrific taste
  • Add honey at end of wild rice cooking for delicious taste
  • A spoonful of honey added to any tomato based dish cuts the acidity completely

Substituting Honey for Sugar

Printed from COOKS.COM

Honey has been a favorite sweetener since prehistoric times and still has advantages over sugar even today. Honey is composted of two simple sugars, glucose and fructose, honey is absorbed in a different manner and therefore causes a slower, more gradual rise in blood sugar. Because honey has a slightly higher percentage of fructose than sugar, it tastes sweeter, and less is required for equal sweetness. Remember that honey does contain calories.

The flavor, aroma and color of honey vary with the kind of flowers from which the bees gather the nectar used to make the honey. The fructose gives honey its sweet flavor, and the nectar adds the characteristic taste of the floral source to your recipes. Honey can easily be substituted for sugar as shown with the common recipe favorites. Due to honey's ability to retain water, products made with honey tend to remain moister longer than similar products made with sugar or other sweeteners. Some minor adjustments may need to be made to a recipe when substituting honey for sugar:

  1. Use equal amounts of honey for sugar up to one cup. Over one cup, replace each cup of sugar with 2/3 to 3/4 cup over honey depending upon the sweetness desired.
  2. Lower the baking temperature 25 degrees and watch your time carefully since products with honey brown faster.
  3. In recipes using more than one cup honey for sugar, it may be necessary to reduce liquids by 1/4 cup per cup of honey.
  4. In baked goods, add 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda per cup of honey if baking soda is not already included in the recipe. This will reduce the acidity of the honey, as well as increase the volume of your product. Moisten a measuring spoon or cup first with water, oil, or an egg before measuring the honey to prevent it from sticking to the measuring utensil. Honey is heavy by weight. A 12-ounce jar equals one standard 8-ounce cup. A quart weighs 3 pounds.

Cinnamon & Honey

SOURCE: Weekly World News, a Canadian magazine, issue dated 17 January, 1995
(Bet the drug companies won't like this one getting around.)

Facts on honey and cinnamon:  It is found that a mixture of honey and cinnamon cures most diseases.  Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world.  Scientists of today also accept honey as a "Ram Ban" (very effective) medicine for all kinds of diseases.  Honey can be used without any side effects for any kind of diseases.

Today's science says that even though honey is sweet, if taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm diabetic patients. Weekly World News, a magazine in Canada, in its issue dated 17 January, 1995 has given the following list of diseases that can be cured by honey and cinnamon as researched by western scientists:

HEART DISEASES:

Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, apply on bread, instead of jelly and jam, and eat it regularly for breakfast.  It reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and saves the patient from heart attack. Also those who have already had an attack, if they do this process daily, they are kept miles away from the next attack.  Regular use of the above process relieves loss of breath and strengthens the heartbeat.  In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as you age, the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and veins.

ARTHRITIS:

Arthritis patients may take daily, morning, and night, one cup of hot water with two spoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. If taken regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured.  In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week, out of the 200 people so treated, practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain, and within a month, mostly all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis started walking without pain.

BLADDER INFECTIONS:

Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it.  It destroys the germs in the bladder.

TOOTHACHE:

Make a paste of one teaspoon of cinnamon powder and five teaspoons of honey and apply on the aching tooth.  This may be applied three times a day until the tooth stops aching.

CHOLESTEROL:

Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water, given to a cholesterol patient, was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours.  As mentioned for arthritic patients, if taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol is cured.  According to information received in the said journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.

COLDS:

Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and clear the sinuses.

UPSET STOMACH:

Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also clears stomach ulcers from the root.

GAS:

According to the studies done in India and Japan, it is revealed that if honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.

IMMUNE SYSTEM:

Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacteria and viral attacks.  Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts.  Constant use of honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles to fight bacteria and viral diseases.

INDIGESTION:

Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals.

INFLUENZA:

A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural ingredient that kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.

LONGEVITY:

Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age.  Take four spoons of honey, one spoon of cinnamon powder and three cups of water and boil to make like tea.  Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day.  It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age.  Life spans also increases and even a 100 year old, starts performing the chores of a 20-year-old.

PIMPLES:

Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it next morning with warm water.  If done daily for two weeks, it removes pimples from the root.

SKIN INFECTIONS:

Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin infections.

WEIGHT LOSS:

Daily in the morning one half hour before breakfast on an empty stomach and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water.  If taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person.  Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.

CANCER:

Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder for one month, three times a day.

FATIGUE:

Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens, who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts, are more alert and flexible.  Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half-tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M. when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, increases the vitality of the body within a week.

BAD BREATH:

People of South America, first thing in the morning, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water, so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.

HEARING LOSS:

Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restore hearing.

Remember when we were kids?  We had toast with real butter and cinnamon sprinkled on it!


Can honey really be used as food for people living with HIV/AIDS?

Bee Products : Salutary Food Supplements for PLWHA
Tunde Fabunmi
Lagos, Nigeria.

In many studies that have been done, it is found that HIV infected persons are deficient in several nutrients including antioxidants, B vitamins, proteins and calories (Alice Ojwang 2003) Yet of all foods, beehive products have the cutting edge of being the richest sources of all known micronutrients essential for healthy living. as food supplements, honey, pollen can help bring the organ systems and biochemical
reservoirs of the body to their maximum capacity, which in turn provides the most efficient and effective defense mechanism against infections. Products of the beehive contain all the nutritional factors and other biologically active substances to help human body function at its maximum capacity. (Robert L. 1997).

Honey: This life-gate diet is vital to the survival and well being of mankind including PLWHA. Honey is rich in micronutrients including minerals, vitamins, hormones, enzymes, organic acids and antioxidants. The minerals in honey include zinc and selenium, which play a key role in preventing the spread viral infection. The factor of stress in HIV/AIDS infection has always been overlooked, yet an infection that is tantamount to "death sentence" like HIV/AIDS cannot but burden the mind of the victims, thus making their body vulnerable to cocktail of infections.

Such development further suppresses the immunity because emotional stress is a major factor in weakening the immune system and allowing infection to occur. Research study has demonstrated that mind and matter are connected at least as far as our body immune system is concerned. (Robert L. 1997). This is because the stress hormones require vitamin C for their synthesis and this reduces vitamin C levels in the body below what is necessary for the white blood (immune) cells to work properly.

But honey is rich in vitamin C (ascorbic acid); which is vital to the revival of immune system being an antibiotic vitamin and detoxifying agent 100 grams of honey contain 0.50 mg of vitamin C. The other vital nutrients that can effectively stem the negative effects of stress are also found in honey.

These are amino acids, potassium, B vitamins, thiamine and magnesium. In most cases too, malnutrition is the precursor for HIV in infection, which may develop into full-blown AIDS as the viruses replicate in the cells. Yet, in redressing malnutrition, no drug or food can equal honey. HIV/AIDS infection also causes nutritional absorption problem and this may deprive PLWHA of vital nutrients, thus further exposing them to flurry of infections.

But honey contains live enzymes, which are important to the internal actions of many systems of the body. The enzymes in honey include glucose oxidase, invertase, diastase (amylase) catalase and acid phosphate, which help predigest our foods, lessen the work of digestive organs and relieve the stress on the digestive glands.

Honey also has pH Balancing System (PHBS) to help digestion and absorption of nutrients in our foods. PLWHA are prone to fatigue, which renders them unproductive and scientists also agree that reduced energy intake is the most important determinant of weight loss in HIV associated wasting (Macallan et al 1995).

But such condition can be countered with carbohydrate rich food like honey to provide energy requirement of the body. Honey is 85 per cent mainly pre-digested carbohydrate, which has proved to be the best source of quick and concentrated energy. The rapid assimilation of invert sugars which honey contains makes it a desirable source of quick energy, and a practical food for PLWHA. Studies actually confirmed that the unique mixture of sugars in honey work best in preventing fatigue.

PLWHA are also vulnerable to diarrhea that can cause life-threatening dehydration and deficiency of enzymes necessary to digest lactose (Taylor et al 2000). But clinical records indicated that honey is as effective as glucose in achieving re-hydration. (Peter M. 2001) PLWHA need low fat diet, which further makes honey critical to their well-being because chemical analysis of the product shows that it neither contains fat nor cholesterol.

Sleep is also essential to the welfare of PLWHA because its deprivation affects the production of white blood cells and the hormone cortisol, making a person more prone to infections and circulatory diseases. During sleep the body does most of its repair work and muscle tissue is rebuilt and restored, while hormones are also produced to carry out running repairs and boost the immune system. Yet, nothing promotes sound sleep better than honey, because it contains calcium, which relaxes the nerves and muscles and amino acid tryptophan that increases the levels of neurotransmitter serotonin, a sort of sedative in the brain. Moreover, honey can also be blended with other
natural products like lemons and carrot juices to ensure optimal health for PLWHA more so that (Roger et al 2002) reported an effective use of lemon juice as killer agent for HIV/AIDS virus.


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