It’s a life-saver: Here's another reason to add honey to your child’s diet!

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To add to its numerous health benefits, a new study now says that honey could actually be a life-saver. Read on to know more

Honey has been a part of Indian Ayurvedic medicine for centuries now and has been used extensively for treating a number of ailments such as cough, cold and other respiratory illnesses.

To add to its numerous health benefits, a new study now says that honey could actually be a life-saver. Researchers from the University of Manchester in UK have found that medicinal honey can actually destroy a fungus that causes blindness and even death in humans.

What the study says

For the study, scientists used different concentrations of a biologically modified honey, which produced chemically reactive molecules packed with oxygen. The scientists then observed its effectiveness in killing a dangerous infection-causing fungus—fusarium.

Found in plants and soil, fusurium can lead to life-threatening infections in people with weak immune systems and those who are vulnerable to infections.

At the end of the study, lead researcher Zain Habib Alhindi from Manchester University found that even small amounts of this honey was powerful enough to breakdown the cell walls of the fungus and could be used as a potent medicine in future treatments.

"Chronic infections, such as those found in long-lasting wounds comprise about 60-80 percent of infectious diseases in humans and the way fungi invade wounds is associated with the use of broad-spectrum antibiotics. Through my research I wanted to show the potential for honey as a healing agent to break through the biofilms (thin layers of microorganisms that group together), and in doing so increase the process of healing. What I found amazing is that honey actually works better than some anti-fungals," Alhindi said.

The power of honey

While that’s a ground-breaking study for sure, the benefits of honey are many and can help your kids in a number of ways.

Did you know one tablespoon of honey contains 80 percent natural sugar, 18 percent water and 2 percent minerals, vitamins and proteins? Isn’t that way better than one tablespoon of sugar that has noting but calories. Here are other reasons to add honey to your kids diet.

  1. Packed with antioxidants: Natural raw, organic honey is loaded with antioxidants, which are powerful compounds that help fight cell damage and protect from life-threatening diseases such as cancer and heart disease.
  2. Keeps infections at bay: Ayurveda has used honey since time immemorial to treat coughs, sore throats and other infections of the respiratory tract. Simply drinking a glass of warm water with a tablespoon of honey can act as a cough suppressant and an expectorant and would help relieve the symptoms faster than antibiotics.
  3. A natural sleep aid: Indians have been using honey and warm milk as a natural sleep aid for centuries. It is particularly helpful in times when your child is unable to sleep due to a lingering cough. It can also help treat insomnia in adults.
  4. It’s a natural sweetener: Honey is a natural sweetener and contains three different types of sugars such as sucrose, glucose and fructose. These sugars give your child the energy he needs to be active throughout the day. That’s why adding a tablespoon to your kid’s morning bowls of cereal in stead of sugar would be a better idea.

Advisory: Please consult your doctor before giving honey to a child below the age of one.

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