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Posted 21 April 2009 - 02:13 PM

I have always heard that honey has anti-biotic or anti-spoiling properties but took it as gospel without knowing why.

I read that honey contains an enzyme called glucose-oxidase. What happens is this enzyme converts O2 into hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) at the surface of the honey-air interface which prevents spoiling.

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 03:35 PM

Plain sugar does the same thing. I've heard of table sugar curing bed sores when nothing else worked. Ofcoure honey is a great product but a little messier when applied as a medicine. Both draw moisture out of bacteria and produce H2O2 as you said.

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 04:53 PM

local honey is very good for your immune system.
By ingesting local honey (local pollen)
you are taking in many microorganisms.
These organisms are local to your area
and are the kind of things you are exposed to
on a day to day basis.

In turn, by having more of these organisms in you
prevents you from getting royally fucked over by them..

I think.
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Posted 21 April 2009 - 05:04 PM

local honey is very good for your immune system.
By ingesting local honey (local pollen)
you are taking in many microorganisms.
These organisms are local to your area
and are the kind of things you are exposed to
on a day to day basis.

In turn, by having more of these organisms in you
prevents you from getting royally fucked over by them..

I think.
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Yep Something like that . I have been a beekeeper for about thirty years and recently gave it up due to the colony colapse disease. I was giving people free bees for sting therapy. Last guy wanted them for MS. People bought my honey for the reasons you mentioned too. I just recently decided to start up again.

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Posted 22 April 2009 - 11:34 AM

Plain sugar does the same thing. I've heard of table sugar curing bed sores when nothing else worked. Ofcoure honey is a great product but a little messier when applied as a medicine. Both draw moisture out of bacteria and produce H2O2 as you said.


plain table sugar might cure bed sores for the dehydrating properties, but it's not catalyzing the production of h2o2

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Posted 22 April 2009 - 12:20 PM

Yeah Ive heard that 'they' have found honey
in the pyramids that was still good, thats pretty
friggin cool. Im a chef and have used it on burns
also, sticky but works great.:thumbup:

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Posted 22 April 2009 - 12:46 PM

very cool. there is something called 'medical grade honey' that I think they use to treat burns.

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Posted 22 April 2009 - 12:49 PM

Cool thread! I've learned something today!

I'm a fan of local honey, always good stuff at the orchards in my area.

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Posted 22 April 2009 - 02:06 PM

Thanks for the info, I've always wondered about that, and secretly dreaded the day when someone was gonna call me on it and ask for a source.

Speaking of which, got a source? lol just in case I need a reference for a paper?:bow:

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Posted 22 April 2009 - 02:33 PM

this is something i found in my travels you may find interesting..

Manuka Honey from New Zealand

it's used mainly for stomach problems, but has a wide variety of medicinal uses.


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Posted 22 April 2009 - 05:18 PM

cool thread - learn something new everyday ...i'm going to read up on this - sounds very interesting.

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Posted 24 April 2009 - 04:06 AM

I've always heard honey is also good for sore throats and is good to use for people that sing or public speakers.




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