Blog | Friday, October 10, 2008

Is honey the new red wine?


We've already heard (and re-heard) that red wine, olive oil, omega 3-rich fish and dark chocolate have healthful properties. Now it looks like honey is primed to have its place in the sun.

Cochrane Researchers have found that honey reduced the healing time of patients suffering from mild to moderate burn wounds. They reviewed 19 studies and found honey worked better on the burns than some gauze and film dressings. It also kills the bacteria that cause chronic sinusitis, another new study found.

Last year, a study found that a single dose of buckwheat honey resolved symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections in kids, while honey-flavored cough medicine didn't.

Of course, unlike the other foods, researchers here are focusing on honey's healing properties, rather than its potential preventive benefits. Either way, looks like we might want to start paying attention to that declining bee population...