If we observe with jelly, then we will find the phenomenon associated with a series of beliefs will "efficacy" honey, so that the honey buzzed and categorized as one "superfood" that can overcome allergies, flu, fever, sore throat, infection, increase stamina, lower cholesterol, overcome diabetes, tighten skin, reduce hair loss, improve sleep quality etc.
Not only there, honey is believed to treat eye infections, difficulty breathing, tooth decay problems and digestive problems and skin infections.
If we look at historical records, indeed the use of honey for treatment has been done very long time. The track record of the use of honey for this treatment is clearly recorded along with the development of culture and religion.
The question that arises next is with a series of properties terseut really honey classified as a "superfood" is very special that is believed to treat various diseases?
The scientific evidence of the efficacy of honey
Historical records indicate that honey is used as a new modern treatment material starting in the 20th century. Honey is disepakai has anti-microbial function because of its high sugar content and low pH.
In the western medical world, it turns out the efficacy of honey is not much to consider. Honey is only categorized as an ingredient that is not efficacious and only included in the category of harmless materials.
From a variety of honey research results proved to produce hydrogen peroxide when a honey-containing enzyme called glucose oxidase reacts with glucose and hydrogen molecules in water. The presence of hydrogen peroxide makes honey if mixed with water and applied to the wound can serve as a preventative infection.
The quality of these antimicrobial honey is highly dependent on the type of pollen collected by bees. Therefore, bees that are kept in certain areas that have certain flowering plants will make the quality of honey different.
Based on the results of research also successfully proved that the quality of honey as an antimicrobial substance is different from one type of honey with other types of honey. Even certain types of honey have anti-microbial quality 100 times higher than other types of honey.
For example one type of honey is quite expensive because it is believed to have more efficacy is Manuka honey. This honey is called Manuka honey because its bees are preserved in an area overgrown by Manuka trees (Leptospermum scoparium) commonly found in Australia and New Zealand.Manuka honey became famous khasiatnya stems from the findings of Professor Peter Molan in New Zealand in the era of the 1980s. Prof. Peter Molan proves that although hydrogen peroxide has been removed, manuka honey is still showing its anti-microbial activity is efficacious treatment.
In 2008 the findings of Prof. Peter Molan was finally successfully tested and proven through laboratory testing with the presence of methylglyoxal (MGO) in Manuka honey which also serves as an antimicrobial substance.
The quality of Manuka honey antioxidants has indeed been tested in the laboratory and showed that the anti-microbial substances they contain proved effective in preventing the infection of various types of microorganisms that cause wound infection.
In addition, this active substance also functions in overcoming pathogenic bacteria including antibiotic-resistant bacteria including Streptococcus and Staphylococcus.
According to researchers from the University of Technology Sydney, in addition to the efficacy of honey as a deterrent to infection of the wound, other positive things of honey that stands out are non-toxic, have anti-swelling properties, accelerate wound healing and reduce the odor released by the wound.
Although honey, especially Manuka honey is efficacious in wound healing if applied, but apparently because most of the honey was consumed, anti-microbial components was not able to survive during the digestion process. This means that honey will lose antibacterial efficacy when consumed.
However, if consumed it turns honey still has anti-swelling function, anti oxidant and serves as a prebiotic that helps the growth of microorganisms that are friendly in digestion.
These researchers also proved that the belief that honey can overcome hay fever (allergies in the form of watery eyes, fluid out of the nose and sneezing due to pollen especially in the spring) was not proven.
Similarly, the belief that honey can reduce the adverse effects of radiation and also as an anti-cancer, reduce cholesterol, treat diabetes and make sleep more soundly can not be scientifically proven.
Recognition that honey can function as a detox and superfood according to researchers from the University of Tecnology Sydney is more to the marketing strategy alone because there is no scientific proof. Similarly, the claim that honey functions as an anti-aging cosmestic at all there is no scientific evidence.
Based on the results of research as described above, if we consume honey for just for everyday life, then we do not need to buy expensive honey that is believed to have certain properties, because in general indeed honey has properties as anti-microbial substances.References: One, two, three, four, five