Monday, August 29, 2016

18 Medicinal Use of Honey

18 Health Benefits of Honey

By: Arlene Gentallan

health benefits of honey
18 Reasons you should add honey to your diet.

Honey has been use as food and medicine since the ancient times, long before table sugar became popular. Bees produce it so efficiently that it's the only naturally produce food that don' spoil!

What is honey made of?

Honey is mostly composed of sugar with very little water content:
  • 18% water
  • 76% sugar:
  • 38% fructose
  • 31% glucose
  • a little percentage of various kind of sugar such as sucrose
  • Honey also contains vitamins, minerals, proteins, antioxidants, and enzymes.

1 tablespoon honey contains about:
  • 64 calories
  • 0.1 g protein
  • 17.0 g carbohydrates
  • zero gram fat

Honey Facts

Did you know that it takes about a lifetime's work of 12 average worker bee to make a single teaspoon of honey? In order to make a single pound of honey, 60,000 bees must visit about 2 million flowers, traveling about 80,000 km or 50,000 miles.

How do bees make honey from flower's nectar?

Bees collect sweet fluid called "nectar" from flowers using it's long tube-shaped tongue called "proboscis." The bee then stores the nectar in it's extra stomach called "honey sac" in which this sugary liquid mixes with enzymes.

A bees stomach can store up to about 70 mg nectar.

Once the bee gets back to the beehive, it regurgitates the nectar for other bees to chew on it. It is then stored in the cells of the honeycomb where bees have to fan there wings in order to evaporate water from it.

The bees then seals it with beeswax.

18 Health Benefits of Honey

1. Memory Booster

Honey has several flavanoid contents which are neuroprotective which protects the brain from damage accumulated as we age. Consumption of honey has been shown to improve memory and reduces anxiety.

2. Protects your heart

Honey has anti-inflammatory property which has been shown to prevent cardiovascular diseases.

3. Cough & Sore throat Remedy

Honey is a popular timeless home remedy for cough and sore throat. It can be taken by children 1 year old and above as a safe and effective alternative treatment for cough and sore throat.

Related article: Find out how to use honey to get rid of cough and soothe the throat

4. Gets rid of wrinkles

Honey also has many beauty application. It's an indispensable part of various face mask recipes that get's rid of wrinkles and prevents premature aging.

Related article
: Honey and lemon facial mask that get's rid of wrinkles

5. Antioxidant

Honey contains antioxidant, polyphenols, and flavonoids which combats free radicals, preventing premature aging.

6. Anti-cancer

Honey causes cancer cell death in various types of cancer. The antioxidant content of honey prevents cancer formation.

7. Antimicrobial

Honey is a broad spectrum antimicrobial effective against bacteria, viruses, fungi, and mycobacterium. In fact, raw unprocessed honey can directly be applied to a wound (burn, cuts, laceration) to make healing faster.

8. Prevents tooth decay and bad breath

Because of honey's antimicrobial property, it is good for your oral health. Consumption of honey is associated with decreased rick of dental carries and gingivitis. Honey can also be mixed with warm water as an alternative treatment for bad breath.

9. Dandruff

Honey can be use as an anti-dandruff formula. Simply mix half cup water and 2 tablespoon honey, rub on your scalp and let it sit for 3 hours before rinsing. Repeat this for about 4 weeks.

10. Improves eyesight

Honey is used as an eye ointment in various cultures around the world to treat infection of the eye like conjunctivitis, and prevention of corneal scarring secondary to measles infection.

11. Improves physical performance

Consumption of honey has been shown to improve physical performance of an individual. Honey's sugar content is a combination of fructose and glucose. While glucose is rapidly being used by the body as energy-source, fructose has slow absorption rate which provides the body with steady supply of fuel. Thus, it gives a person energy for a longer period of time.

12. Enhances digestion and soothes ulcer

Honey has enzymes which promotes proper digestion of food especially carbohydrates. It also soothes stomach ulcer and other intestinal problem due mainly to it's antimicrobial property.

13. Diabetes

Diabetic people can safely take honey without the risk of shooting up their blood pressure because the major constituent of honey is fructose which is metabolizes by the body differently from glucose.

Although caution should still be taken with regard to high fructose content foods like honey because it adds burden to the liver and is readily converted by the body to fat. It should be taken in moderation.

Related article: Danger of high fructose corn syrup especially to gout

14. Anemia

A study has shown that eating honey increases hemoglobin, red blood cell, and hematocrit count.

15. Herpes Lesion

A study by Al-Waili has shown that topical application of honey to genital area provides a safe and effective management against genital herpes lesion.

16. Pollen allergy and boost immune system

It has been shown that consuming honey locally made in your area exposes your to the pollen to which your immune system steadily builds immunity. It has been shown that consumption of locally made honey reduces allergic symptom and use of antihistamine.

17. Sleep problem

Consuming about 1 tablespoon of honey before bedtime has been shown to improve insomniac symptoms.

18. Combats stress

Honey boosts energy levels which helps the body to manage stress and fatigue.


Friday, August 26, 2016

8 Simple Test to Know if your Honey is Real...or Fake

Honey: How to determine Fake from Real

By: Arlene Gentallan

8 Simple Test to Know if your Honey is Real...or Fake
8 Simple Test to Know if your Honey is Real...or Fake

        Honey is a nutritious delicious food packed with health benefits. But, chances are, you've bought a fake honey yourself. Did you know that "more than three-fourths of the honey sold in U.S. grocery stores isn’t exactly what the bees produce" according to an article published on Food Safety News.

        If three our of four honey are fake, your chances of buying a fake honey is indeed high. You have to know what's real.

What is the difference between real honey and fake honey?

        Real honey (aka. pure or natural) is made by bees from flower's nectar. On the other hand, fake honey (also called artificial or adultered honey) is made from sugar, dextrose, corn syrups, flour, artificial flavor, or high fructose corn syrup.

Crystallizing does not spoil the honey

        Did you know folks that it is normal for real honey to crystallize. There is a process called "ultrafiltration" where microscopic particles of the honey is removed to prevent the honey from cystallizing.

        However, if a honey is ultra-filtered and no longer contains pollen, it is deemed by the US Food and Drug Administration as fake honey. There are those who disagree and claims that filtered honey are still real honey.

        However, filtering does have it's downfall since it remove important vitamins and enzymes from the honey. Removing the pollen compromises the antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory property of honey.

1. Observe for crystallization

If a bottle of honey is hanging out of your store's shelf for a long time but it doesn't crytallize, there's a chance that it's either fake or ultrafiltered. If you want the most health benefit from honey, you don't want it untrafiltered, heated or pasteurized.

When a honey crystalize (aka. granulate), it's texture becomes semi-solid and it's color turns pale. Note that it's not spoiled and in no way does it affect the nutritional content of the honey, not even it's sweetness. This is a natural characteristic of real and pure honey.

So when do real honey crystallize?

When a honey will crystallize varies by the type of honey (eg. flower nectar from which the bees made it, storage temperature.) Crystallization may range from a few months to several years.

2. Thumb Test
  • 1. Simply drop a small amount of honey on your thumb.
  • 2. Real honey has a thick consistency so the drop of honey shouldn't spread or spill from your thumb.
  • 3. If it spreads or spill, it's fake

3. Skin test
  • 1. Simply rub honey between your thumb and index finger.
  • 2. If it's real honey, your skin will absorb it and it won't feel sticky.
  • 3. If it feels sticky, it's made from sugar.

4. Water Test
  • 1. For this test, you'll need a glass of water and a tablespoon of honey.
  • 2. Simply put 1 tablespoon honey into the water then observe.
  • 3. Real honey will settle at the bottom of the water and it will not dissolve quickly.
  • 4. While fake honey will start to dissolve in the water quickly.

5. Vinegar Test
  • 1. For the vinegar test, you'll need 2-3 drops of vinegar, 10 drops of water, and 10 drops of honey.
  • 3. Combine water, vinegar, and honey and mix well.
  • 4. Real honey should not form a foam.
  • 5. If the mixture forms a foam or bubbles, it's fake honey.

6. Paper towel test
  • 1. To do the paper towel test, you only need one piece paper towel or tissue paper and a some honey.
  • 2. Simply pour a few amount of honey into a piece of paper towel.
  • 3. Honey's water content is only about 18% so real honey will not soak the paper towel.
  • 4. If the paper towel absorbs your honey, it's fake!

7. Flame Test
  • 1. For the flame test, you'll need a matchstick and some honey.
  • 2. Simply dip the head of a matchstick in honey.
  • 3. Now, strike the honey-dipped matchstick.
  • 4. Honey is flammable so if you've used a real one to dip your matchstick, you'll easily light it up.
  • 5. The flame will also burn off the honey.
  • 6. If what you have is a fake honey, it's moisture will soak the matchstick so it you won't be able to lit it.
  • To do the flame test to determine if it's real honey, you can also use a cotton tip, a lighter, and some honey. Simply dip the cotton tip in honey and light it with a lighter. If the honey-soaked cotton tip catches fire, your honey is real.

8. How fast does a honey runs?
  • 1. Simply tilt the honey jar and observe how fast the honey runs.
  • 2. Honey has a thick consistency so it shouldn't flow as easily as water.
  • 3. If honey tilts easily with the bottle's movement, it could be fake.

Do note that these tests are not 100% accurate, but they're still reliable to an acceptable degree! In order to be 100% certain that you indeed have a pure honey, you have to go to a laboratory to test if your honey does contain pollen. Good luck hunting the real one!


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Soursop (Guyabano): Fights cancer even without chemotherapy

12 Health Benefits of Soursop (Guyabano)

By: Arlene Gentallan

Soursop (Guyabano): Fights cancer even without chemotherapy
Soursop (Guyabano): Fights cancer even without chemotherapy

        Soursop (Guyabano) is a fruit most people don't know as an efficient alternative medicine to fight the most common cause of death worldwide--cancer. This tropical fruit has a delicious sweet white flesh enclosed by a green prickly outer cover. It's not only the fruit that has medicinal value but also it's leaves, bark, and roots.

        For those with no financial capability to avail conventional cancer treatment like chemotherapy and radiotherapy, it's not the end of the road when it comes to treatment. There are alternative treatments available.

        It has become popular practice to combine complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) with conventional treatments for cancer. However, if you are planning to do this, make sure to consult your doctor first.

According to Damle:
"This plant is a proven cancer remedy for cancers of all types."

Unlike chemotherapy, soursop destroys cancer cell without harming normal cells.

Sourspo (Annona muricata) is called in many names:
  • Soursop (English)
  • Custard apple (English)
  • Guyabano (Philippines)
  • GuanĂ¡bana (spanish)
  • Corossol (French)
  • Paw paw (Brazil)
  • Graviola (portuguese)

Antineoplastic effect of guyabano even without chemotherapy

        In a study by Gunasekaran, Emmadi, Landers, and Gaba, an individual suffering from the most common type of liver cancer called "Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)" where cancer has already  spread to his lungs and he is not receiving concurrent chemotherapy treatment, consumes guyabano fruit extract which has proven effective in reverting the spread or metastasis of cancer.

Guyabano potent against multidrug resistant cancer

        Guyabano or soursop contains Annonaceae acetogenins, which is concentrated on it's leaves. In a study by Oberlies, Chang, and McLaughlin, they have found the component of guyabano "acetogenins" is potent against multi drug resistant breast cancer tumors. It has been shown that acetogenins is 250 more effective than chemotherapy drug "adriamycin."

Prostate, Pancreatic, and lung cancer

        A study done at Purdue University shows that soursop leaves is especially effective against prostate, pancreatic and lung cancers.

Health Benefits of Guyabano / Soursop

        Aside from guyabano's notorious anti-cancer property, it can be use as a herbal remedy for various health concerns.

1. Prevents cancer

You don't just consume soursop when you already have cancer! Studies have shown that it's anti-tumor property is beneficial to prevent cancer cells from forming.

2. High in fiber

1 cup of soursop fruit contains about 7 grams dietary fiber. Fiber is important in the diet to prevents colorectal cancer and aids it also aids in weight loss. A high fiber diet like soursop helps prevent the agony of constipation.

3. Rich in Vitamin C: Immune Booster

1 cup of soursop fruit contains about 46.4 mg of vitamin C which boosts the immune system. It's also an important antioxidant to help maintain the health of your skin, nails, and hair. It also enhances wound healing.

4. B Vitamins

Guyabano (soursop) is a good source of B vitamins which is needed by the body to get energy from the foods we eat

5. Antimicrobial

Soursop (guyabano) is a broad spectrum antimicrobial that kills bacterial and fungi. It also works against viral infection.

6. Intestinal worms

Soursop is good for your belly. It kills parasitic intestinal worms.

7. High blood pressure

Guyabano is high in potassium, low in sodium. 1 cup of soursop (guyabano) fruit is packed with 626 mg potassium. Potassium in the body balances the fluid retaining effect of sodium by enhancing it's excretion.

8. Leg cramps

You can also benefit from consuming soursop if your leg cramps is due to potassium deficiency.

9. Diabetes

Soursop leaves can lower blood sugar levels. Drink a guyabano herbal tea to effectively manage your blood sugar level.

10. Anxiety, depression, stress, and nervousness

Soursop has a sedative property which calms the nerves.

11. Pain and Rheumatism

Pain accompanies us throughout our life. It's inevitable...headache, back pain, stomachache,  rheumatoid arthritis  Take soursop tea twice a day to get relief.

12. Nutritious

Soursop (guyabano) also contains nutrients such as calcium (31.5mg - 3%), phosphorus (60.8mg - 6%) , magnesium (47.3mg - 12%), iron (1.4mg - 8%), copper (0.2mg - 10%), zinc (0.2mg - 2%) and Omega-6 fatty acids (155mg.)

Soursop's (guyabano) anti-cancer potential still needs further research to solidify it's anti-cancer reputation but it's breakthrough is very promising.


Monday, August 22, 2016

Interesting Facts

Hugging someone for about 20 seconds releases chemical "oxytocin" in your body which makes you trust that person.
Hugging someone for about 20 seconds releases chemical "oxytocin" in your body which makes you trust that person.

Friday, August 19, 2016

8 Amazing things about Paprika

Health Benefits of Paprika

By: Arlene Gentallan

8 Amazing things about Paprika
8 Amazing things about Paprika

        Paprika is a spice made by grinding dried red peppers from the species Capsicum annuum. It's typically milder than chili power.

        Paprika is an indispensable spice. It not just boost the flavor of your favorite dishes, but also does some amazing things for your health. Here are some amazing things about paprika:

1. Promotes weight loss

        Paprika increases your body's metabolism, which aids you in burning more fat. 1 tablespoon of paprika contains about only 19 calories. It's low in calories but it's health benefit is paramount.

2. Fights Cravings

        This red spice has also been shown to reduce appetite, which helps avoid one of the most common reason behind diet failure--cravings!

3. Increases "Good" cholesterol

        In a study by Aizawa and Inakuma, they have found out that paprika's main carotenoid "capsanthin" increases level of good cholesterol HDL (high density lipoprotein.) HDL promotes clear up of cholesterol from the blood stream thus preventing plaque build-up on the walls of blood vessels.

4. Anti-cancer

        Paprika is contains powerful antioxidant "carotenoids" which inhibit tumor growth and protects the body against damaging free radicals.

5. Heart Healthy
        Eating carotenoid rich foods has been associated with a significant lower risk of cardiovascular diseases.

6. Promotes good Eyesight

        Paprika is a rich source of carotenoids such as vitamin A, lutein and zeaxanthin. Vitamin A aids us to see better in dim light. Lutein and zeaxanthin protects tissues of the eye from the damaging rays of the sun. These nutrients help prevent cataract and macular degeneration.

7. Vitamin E

        A tablespoon of paprika contains about 10% of your daily requirement of antioxidant vitamin E. Vitamin E boosts your immune system, prevents premature aging, and reduces risk of cancer, heart attack, stroke, and dementia.

8. Iron

        According to USDA, 1 tablespoon of paprika contains about 1.4 mg iron. According to National Institutes of Health, male ages 19-50 years old have recommended dietary allowance (RD) of 8 mg; for women it's 18 mg. So a tablespoon of paprika is about 8% the daily requirement for women and 18% the daily requirement for men.

Iron: Recommended daily intake

Iron: Recommended daily intake

By: Arlene Gentallan

What is Iron?

        Iron is a mineral best known for it's role in red blood cell production. Vitamin C is needed to boosts it's absorption.

Functions of iron in the body:

  • Hemoglobin formation to make red blood cell which transports oxygen throughout the body
  • Energy production
  • Maintains healthy skin, nails, and hair
  • Aids the immune system

What is the recommended daily intake of iron?

According to The National Institutes of Health, recommended iron intake are as follows:

Child 7-12 months 
                         11 mg
Child 1-3 year old  
                          7 mg
Child 4-8 year old   
                        10 mg
Child 9-13 year old                           8 mg
Adolescent female 14-18 year old     15 mg
Adolescent male 14-18 year old 
      11 mg
19-50 year old female
                    18 mg
19-50 year old male
                        8 mg
51 up
                                            8 mg

Breastfeeding 14-50 year old
           27 mg
Lactating 14-18 year old
                10 mg
Lactating 19-50 year old
                   9 mg

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Aloe Vera: The Plant Of Immortality

17 Health Benefits of Aloe Vera

By: Arlene Gentallan

Aloe Vera -- Plant of Immortality & Elixir of Youth
Aloe Vera -- Plant of Immortality & Elixir of Youth

        Aloe vera has been used by the ancient Egyptians as earlier as 6000 years ago, where it was given the title "Plant of Immortality."

       It has been used by famous Egyptian queens Cleopatra and Nefertiti to maintain the youthful glow of their skin.

       The Chinese called aloe vera "Elixir of Youth."

       In  fact, aloe vera is widely use today by the cosmetic industry.

Here are the health benefits you can get from aloe vera:

1. Fights skin aging!

       Fresh aloe vera gel can be applied directly to the face as a home made facial treatment. It promotes production of collagen and elastin fibers to promotes skin elasticity which prevents sagging and combats wrinkles.

2. Protects against premature skin aging

       Appying aloe vera gel into the skin stimulates production of an antioxidant called "metallothionein" which fights free radicals and protects against the damaging ultraviolet rays of the sun.

3. Get rid of Acne

       A study has shown that combining aloe vera topical gel with tretinoin cream is more effective in treating acne vulgaris, than using tretinoin cream alone.

4. Moisturizer

       Aloe vera contains mucopolysaccharides whic hydrates the skin. It's a natural moisturizer! You can apply it topically on your face as part of your daily beauty regimen. You can also apply it to your hair!

5. Healing Power

       Aloe vera has been used since the ancient times as a home remedy to treat wounds. Aloe vera extract has antimicrobial property. It's an effective treament for cuts, insect bites, sunburn, 1st degree and 2nd degree wounds. In fact a study has shown that using aloe vera accelerate the healing process of a burn wound by about 8.79 days.

6. Acute dermatitis due to radiotherapy

       Radiotherapy is a procedure in which high dose of radiation is given to an individual (like a cancer patient) to destroy cancer cells. Unfortunately this procedure also damages normal cells. Common skin side effects includes itching, swelling, and dryness.

       A study by P. Haddad, MD, F. Amouzgar–Hashemi, MD, S. Samsami, et al, has shown that using a lotion containing aloe vera helps prevent and treat acute dermatitis causes by radiation therapy (radiation dermatitis).

7. Immune System Booster

       Aloe vera is rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant. Taking aloe vera supplement helps to prevent common ailments. It kills bacteria, fungi, and viruses.

8. Anti-cancer

       Aloe vera supplent has been taken by patients suffering from cancer as a herbal remedy. A study has shown that it inhibits growth of breast and cervical cancer cell. It also increases the effect of antineoplastic drugs such as "cispolatin."

9. Excellent hair treament

       Apply aloe vera gel directly into your scalp and hair to remove dandruff and lice. It will leave your hair soft with a refreshing scent.

10. Athlete’s foot

       Fungal infection can be source of nuisance and embarrassment. Simply put fresh aloe vera extract into the affected area as an effective home remedy to get rid of athlete’s foot.

11. Diabetes mellitus (DM) & Hyperlipedemia

       Taking oral aloe vera extract has been shown bright down blood sugar and lipid levels. It's a popular herbal remedy for people afflicted with Diabetes type 2. It helps prevent cardiovascular disease such as heart attack.

12. Natural Pain-killer

       Aloe vera can be use a herbal remedy to alleviate pain. A study has shown aloe vera cream's effectivity in treating posthemorrhoidectomy pain. It is also being use as an alternative medicine to treat mucle and joint pains.

13. Freshens breath & Decreases Plaque build-up

       Aloe vera's antimicrobial property goes beyond wound dressings, it's extract can also be use as a mouthwash. A study has shown that it is as effective as the oral rinse "chlorhexidine." It's use as alternative remedy significantly reduces gingival bleeding and plaque formation.

14. Canker sores

       Mouth ulcer can be a recurrent issue for some people. Using aloe vera as a mouthwash aids in decreasing pain and healing mouth ulcers.

15. Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

       Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) such as Crohn's disease and Ulcerative colitis (UC) are chronic inflammation of the digestive tract. Aloe vera is anti-inflammatory and inhibits prostaglandin. A research to shown that intake of 100 mL aloe vera gel for 4 weeks is more effective than placebo in managing ulcerative colitis.

16. Laxative

       Aloe vera is good for your gut. It contains "anthraquinones" which pulls water into the intestinal tract, and promotes intestinal clearance. aloe vera gel can be taken orally as herbal remedy for constipation.

17. Intestinal Worms

       Oral intake of aloe vera works against intestinal parasites such as tapeworm and roundworm. It's extract kills parasitic worms.


Monday, August 15, 2016

Daily Health Tips

Using tissue paper to dry you hand after hand washing decreases bacterial contamination of your hand by 45-60%.
Using tissue paper to dry you hand after hand washing decreases bacterial contamination of your hand by 45-60%.

Daily Health Tips

You wash your hand to remove dirt, right? But did you know that using hand dryers increases the bacterial count of your hands by up to 255%.
You wash your hand to remove dirt, right? But did you know that using hand dryers increases the bacterial count of your hands by up to 255%.

Interesting Facts

 Honey isn't made by laziness. One teaspoon of honey is a lifetime's work of 12 hard-working bees.

Honey isn't made by laziness.
One teaspoon of honey is a lifetime's work of 12 hard-working bees.

Cherries: Fights Cancer

Cherries: Fights Cancer

By: Arlene Gentallan

cherries fights cancer
Cherries fights cancer!

        In a study by Ogur, Istanbulluoglu, Korkmaz, et al., they've investigated the anti-cancer property of cherries. The result of their study showed that cherry extract inhibits breast cancel cell growth and promotes cancer cell death. Furthermore, cherries has also been observed to kill multi drug-resistant bacteria.

Cherries contains compounds which induces cancel cells to undergo programmed cell death, inhibit cancer cell growth, without harming normal cells of the body.

Cherries are rich in antioxidant such as anthocyanin, cyanidin, and hydroxycinnamic acid. It contains compound which helps protect the body from damaging free radicals, preventing premature aging. The sweeter and darker a cherry, the more nutritious it is.

According to the American Institute for Cancer Research:

"The antioxidants in cherry juice and dried cherries (both unsweetened and sweetened) are similar to fresh cherries, according to producer data. Frozen cherries’ antioxidant content is somewhat lower, and canned cherries’ decreases further but remains significant."

        Cherries are also anti-inflammatory so they are recommended home remedies for inflammatory conditions such as gouty arthritis to relieve pain and swelling. It has also been shown to be neuroprotective. Eating cherries has been shown to lower risk of developing Alzheimer's and cardiovascular diseases.

Cherries can be use as a home remedy for headache.

        Cherries are a good source of melatonin "the sleep hormone." It's also high in potassium which is needed to eliminate excess water and lower blood pressure. It's a significant source of fiber which lowers risk of colorectal cancer.


Sunday, August 14, 2016

Interesting Facts

Sunflowers are the intentional symbol of nuclear disarmament. This is because these flowers can clean up radioactive waste from the environment.
Sunflowers are the intentional symbol of nuclear disarmament. This is because these flowers can clean up radioactive waste from the environment.