Honey has been used for thousands of years as a medicine.
But is it really useful?
I think it is.
Remember — nothing can grow in honey.
Explorers obtained honey from the pharaohs tombs in Egypt — from the pyramids.
And that honey was perfectly good and unspoiled.
So, honey is obviously a powerful antibacterial.
Which explains why folk medicine used honey for wound healing and ulcer cures.
Even the smallest organism will be damaged or killed by a concentrated solution of sugar.
And it is also quite possible the honey has many other components to it besides sugar.
But even sugar alone can provide a huge benefit.
This study used pigs to conduct the research.
I’m sorry that these animals went through pain and suffering — but hopefully, we can benefit from the results.
Researchers gave the pigs a wound. Sorry.
And then they treated the wound with various conventional medical treatments.
And they also treated some of the wounds with a paste made simply of sugar.
The results came in, and sugar was the striking winner:
There have been similar experiments conducted with honey, and I’m not sure that honey had any huge benefits over sugar.
In various tests, very expensive honey qualities may potentially show greater promise than cheap but good quality supermarket honey.
We’re talking about honey such as Manuka Honey.
Supermarket honey is may be eight dollars for a jar instead of $40.
So, it makes a huge difference.
Here is one result of testing of various honeys against bacterial strains:
The moral of the story is that honey and sugar can both function very well as an antibacterial to dress wounds.
In addition, honey may have a slight edge when swallowed on an empty stomach for combating bacterial infections.
It works against bacteria such as H. pylori — the cause of stomach ulcers.
Honey is probably the best way how to heal ulcers fast.
I don’t know of any study comparing consuming a few tablespoons of sugar to consuming a few tablespoons of honey.
But I think honey is more palatable.
Make sure that your doctor is open-minded about using honey and sugar for wound care and ulcers.
If you are suffering wounds of any kind, I’d reach for the honey or the sugar.
Honey: its medicinal property and antibacterial activity