Moving through the air in a display of mesmerizing acrobatics, a stingless honey bee native to the Americas navigates the forest to its nest inside the trunk of a hollow Guanacaste tree. Two small pieces of pollen taken from a nearby jabn flower stuck to its hind legs. Along with pollen from other medicinal plants harvested by millions of busy bees, the powder from the jabn flower is used to create one of the most potent health elixirs in the natural world, Melipona honey.
Sweet with a citrus flavor, this unique honey has gained international attention for its potential health benefits following a recent scientific studies which sheds light on its many medical uses. But 3,000 years ago, the Ancient Maya believed that certain flowers, known as Melipona flowers, were divine beings who could transcend from heaven to the underworld, giving honey special properties. this. These flowers are the medicinal jabn, tajonal, tsitsilch, chakah and xtabentn flowers.
The difference between Mexican Melipona honey and regular honey is its amazing antibacterial properties, which include Methylglyoxal (a natural compound that fights germs). Beyond its antibacterial benefits, Melipona honey also boasts antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. Throughout history, this honey has been used to heal wounds, soothe sore throats, guard against tooth decay and correct digestive issues.
Here are some of the best reasons why Maya Melipona honey is worth checking out:
Soothe a sore throat
For those struggling with a sore throat, Melipona honey can offer additional relief. Its antiviral and antibacterial properties can help reduce inflammation and reduce the number of bacteria. It’s smoother than regular honey and doesn’t give you that painful feeling if you have too much. Melipona honey not only targets harmful bacteria but also forms a soothing coating along the inner lining of the throat.
A 2021study Aimed at patients undergoing chemotherapy for head and neck cancer Melipona honey has been researched as a preventative medicine for Streptococcus mutans – a bacteria strain that causes sore throats. The study found a significant reduction in Streptococcus mutans levels following the consumption of Melipona honey.
Historically, many types of honey have been effective as natural cough suppressants, but this study found that Melipona honey is even more effective than common cough syrups.
Improve gastrointestinal well-being
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) stands out as a widespread digestive disorder characterized by symptoms such as constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain and irregular bowel movements. Ongoing research suggests that regular consumption of Melipona honey may help alleviate some of these symptoms. Showing positive effects on antioxidant levels and inflammation in rats with both IBS and ulcerative colitis (a type of irritable bowel disease), Melipona honey was recommended for gastrointestinal health by the study mentioned above.
Melipona honey has also shown efficacy against strains of Clostridium difficile.
Clostridium difficile, commonly referred to as C. diff, is a bacterial infection that causes severe diarrhea and intestinal inflammation. While standard treatment requires antibiotics, recent studies have explored the potential use of Melipona honey against C. diff strains. Interestingly, Melipona honey has shown the ability to kill C. diff cells, suggesting potential as an effective alternative treatment.
Support dental care
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that nearly 50% of Americans suffer from some form of gum disease. To protect against tooth decay and maintain gum health, minimizing the presence of harmful oral bacteria responsible for plaque formation is very important. Equally important is the preservation of beneficial bacteria in the mouth that play a role in maintaining mouth and throat health.
Research indicates that Melipona honey targets harmful oral bacteria associated with issues such as plaque build-up, gum inflammation and tooth decay. In particular, studies have shown the effectiveness of Melipona honey with its high antibacterial content in inhibiting the growth of harmful oral bacteria such as P. gingivalis and A. actinomycetemcomitans.
In a study to explore the effect of honey on plaque and gingivitis, participants were instructed to chew or suck Melipona honey chew, similar to chewy honey candy, for 10 minutes after each meal. The honey chew group showed a significant decrease in plaque and gingival bleeding compared to those who chewed a sugar-free stick of gum.
The notion of drinking honey for oral health may at first seem counterintuitive, given sugar’s association with cavities. However, in contrast to hard candy and refined sugar, the powerful antibacterial effect of Melipona honey makes it unlikely to contribute to cavities or tooth decay.
This miracle honey has many other uses that are currently the focus of scientific research, but it will take some time before the medical community can verify these uses.
In the meantime, it still remains that although stingless honey bees and other types of honey may have potential health benefits, they are not a substitute for medical treatment or dietary control. Guidance from health care professionals should always be sought to establish the appropriate course of treatment for the respective conditions.
Mark Viales writes forMexico News Daily.
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