Moving through the air, displaying mesmerizing acrobatics, the stingless bee native to the Americas navigates through the jungle toward its nest inside the hollow trunk of a Guanacaste tree. Two small pieces of pollen picked from a nearby jabn flower cling to its hind legs. Along with pollen from other medicinal plants collected by millions of busy bees, jabn flower powder is used to create one of nature’s most powerful health elixirs, Melipona honey.
The sweet and lemon-flavored unique honey has received international attention for its potential health effects in the following a recent scientific research which sheds light on its many medicinal uses. But 3,000 years ago, the ancient Mayans believed that certain flowers known as Melipona flowers were divine beings who were able to cross from heaven to the underworld, giving honey its special properties. These flowers are the medicinal jabn, tajonal, tsitsilch, chakah and xtabentn flowers.
The difference between Mexican Melipona honey and regular honey is its remarkable antibacterial properties, which include methylglyoxal (a natural anti-bacterial compound). In addition to its antibacterial effect, Melipona honey also has antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Throughout history, this honey has been used to heal wounds, relieve sore throats, protect against tooth decay, and correct digestive problems.
Here are some of the best reasons to explore Maya Melipona honey:
Relieves sore throat
For those struggling with sore throats, Melipona honey can provide extra relief. Its antiviral and antibacterial properties can help reduce inflammation and reduce the number of bacteria. It’s smoother than regular honey and won’t make you feel sick if you have too much. Melipona honey not only targets harmful bacteria, but also forms a soothing coating on the inner lining of the throat.
A 2021study focused on patients undergoing chemotherapy for head and neck cancer, studied Melipona honey as a preventative against the Streptococcus mutans strain of bacteria that causes sore throats. The study found a significant reduction in Streptococcus mutans levels after consuming Melipona honey.
Historically, several types of honey have been effective as natural cough remedies, but this study found that Melipona honey is even more effective than common cough syrups.
Improve the well-being of the gastrointestinal tract
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is distinguished from a common digestive disorder characterized by symptoms such as constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and irregular bowel movements. Ongoing research suggests that regular use of Melipona honey may help alleviate some of these symptoms. In the study mentioned above, Melipona honey was recommended for digestive health, showing positive effects on antioxidant levels and inflammation in rats suffering from both IBS and ulcerative colitis (a form of irritable bowel disease).
Melipona honey has also shown efficacy against Clostridium difficile strains.
Clostridium difficile, commonly called C. diff, is a bacterial infection that causes severe diarrhea and intestinal inflammation. Although standard treatment requires antibiotics, recent studies have investigated the potential use of Melipona honey against C. diff strains. In particular, Melipona honey demonstrated its ability to eradicate C. diff cells, suggesting that it may be 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 prevent tooth decay and maintain gum health, it is important to minimize the presence of oral bacteria responsible for plaque formation. It is equally important to preserve the beneficial oral bacteria that contribute to maintaining the health of the mouth and throat.
Research shows that Melipona honey targets harmful oral bacteria that are associated with, for example, plaque formation, gingivitis and tooth decay. In particular, studies have highlighted the effectiveness of Melipona honey, which has a high antibacterial content, in inhibiting the growth of harmful oral bacteria such as P. gingivalis and A. actinomycetemcomitans.
In a study investigating the effect of honey on plaque and gingivitis, participants were asked to chew or suck on a Melipona honey chew, similar to a chewy honey candy, for 10 minutes after each meal. Plaque and gingival bleeding were significantly reduced in the honey-chewing group compared to those who chewed sugar-free gum.
The idea of consuming honey for oral health may seem counterintuitive at first, since sugar is associated with cavities. Unlike hard candy and refined sugar, Melipona honey’s powerful antibacterial effects make it unlikely to cause cavities or tooth decay.
This miracle honey has many other uses that are currently under scientific research, but it will take some time for these uses to be verified by the medical community.
In the meantime, however, it is clear that while unstained bee honey and other types of honey may have potential health benefits, they are not a substitute for medical treatment or dietary control. Health care professionals should always be asked for guidance to determine the appropriate course of treatment for similar diseases.
Mark Viales writes forMexico News Daily.
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