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The Science Journal of the Lander College of Arts and Sciences

Abstract

Honey has been used to treat wounds, infections, and other diseases since ancient times. Due to the widespread bacterial resistance to antibiotics, scientists have investigated the healing power of honey. Numerous studies have documented the broad-spectrum antibacterial effect of honey and its success in inhibiting MRSA. The use of honey as a wound dressing has proven to successfully heal chronic wounds in short amounts of time by inhibiting pathogens, reducing inflammation, rebuilding damaged tissue, and minimizing scarring. The mechanisms of action are directly related to the high hydrogen peroxide and rich polyphenol content present in honey. These two components account for much of the antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant activity of honey. Other significant components include acidic molecules and water and sugar content. Current research is exploring the antiproliferative effect of honey on cancer cells, and the results are positive. Many companies have patented medical-grade honey, and the scientific proof regarding the medicinal properties of honey demonstrates that honey should be considered as a treatment option for various diseases.

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