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what are the health benefits of honey?

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Dr. Rick Kirschner
Dr. Rick Kirschneranswered
General Practice 40 years experience
MANY!: Honey has anti-bacterial properties with dozens of species of bacteria. Applied topically, honey has been used successfully in treatment of diabetic ulcers. Manuka honey may be useful in treating MRSA infections. It may reduce odours, swelling, and scarring in wounds. Pure raw honey contains many minerals and vitamins.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Honey: Prevents cancer and heart disease, reduces ulcers, increases athletic performance, anti-microbial effects, reduces cough and throat irritation.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Can I eat honey if I am a diabetic?

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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Yes, with limits : Please discuss how to safely encorporate honey into your diet with a nutritionist and or diabetes treatment center.
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A 40-year-old female asked:

Manuka honey benefits?

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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Family Medicine 14 years experience
Maybe wound healing: Although this isn't conclusive, and like all supplements/otc/"natural remedies", this is an industry that isn't well regulated - meaning you can't always trust that it's not contaminated, and it contains what it says it contains. Personally, i'm not going to be spreading honey on my scrapes anytime soon. I'm going to wait for more conclusive studies... And stick to bandaids in the meantime.
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A female asked:

Is it normal for scabs to be honey colored?

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Dr. TED FEDER
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 40 years experience
Yes Can Be: As red blood cells either leave a scab, or if just the serum content of blood (not red blood cells) clotted to form the scab, it leaves behind the fibrin clot matrix for healing which is honey colored. A scab usually starts as dried blood: red/black/dark brown in color.
A 38-year-old female asked:

What are the health benefits of eating honey?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Tastes good: No magic here. May help a sore throat. If you believed all the health claims for the stuff, you'd be reading uncritically. Be sure you know your source; there are some illnesses caused by honeys made by bees that have fed on plants that are poisonous, and honey may be tainted with botulism.
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A 17-year-old male asked:

Is honey really good for health ? What benefits does it have ?

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Honey is Sugar: Honey has no special or unique health benefits. It is 100% sugar. It is a natural form of sugar, but we now know that sugar is to be limited in a diet if one wants to be healthy.
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker commented
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
I fully agree that sugar should be limited and is basically toxic, but honey is FAR from 100% sugar. It contains a wide array of beneficial phytonutrients and has many proven health benefits such as lowering cholesterol and C-Reactive Protein and stimulating immune function. See http://bit.ly/1aPorIw for an excellent summary of the research.
Nov 5, 2013

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