Honey is well known around the world as one of Mother Nature’s miracle weapons in the war against disease and aging. Now, research reveals it can be twice as effective — if it’s combined with ordinary cinnamon!
A Weekly World News in-depth survey of medical researchers, herbalists and health and nutrition journals has come up with dozens of useful honey and cinnamon facts, plus some fascinating prescriptions for good health.
Here they are:
ARTHRITIS. Nutritionists recommend rubbing a simple mixture of one part honey, two parts warm water and a teaspoon of cinnamon into aching areas. Relief should be noticeable within minutes.
Or make a tea using one cup of hot water mixed with two tablespoons of honey and a teaspoon of cinnamon. Drink it morning and evening to ward off arthritis pain.
In a recent Copenhagen study, doctors gave 200 arthritis patients a syrup of one tablespoon of honey mixed with 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon every morning just before breakfast. Seventy-three percent of the subjects reported significant reductions in arthritis pain and dramatic increases in mobility within one month.
BLADDER INFECTIONS. A glass of warm water mixed with two teaspoons of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of honey should clear up the bacteria responsible for bladder infections. Substitute cranberry juice for the water if the infection is especially stubborn.
TOOTHACHE. Mix five parts honey to one part cinnamon and use this mixture for toothache. Simply dab the cure on any aching tooth or teeth until the pain subsides.
COLDS. Colds have been known to vanish within hours after ailing folks took a tablespoon of warm honey mixed with 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon. The mixture is especially helpful in relieving the sniffles and sore throat.
ATHLETE’S FOOT. Mix one tablespoon of honey with two teapoons of cinnamon. Massage the mixture into the affected foot area nightly for half an hour, then wash with soap and water. Your problem should be cleared up within a week.
CANKER SORES. A salad dressed with honey-connamon dressing made with apple cider vinegar and washed down with red raspberry tea is an effective way of clearing up painful canker sores.
CHOLESTEROL. Cholesterol levels in healthy test subjects dropped an average of 10 percent in less than two hours after they drank a 16-ounce glass of two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of cinnamon mixed with hot tea.
Drinking this brew three times a day worked best to lower cholesterol levels. The dangerous effects of fatty foods can be controlled by regular consumption of this tea with your diet, report world-famous researchers Drs. Alexander Andreyev and Erik Vogelmann. Their findings were summarized in a prestigious Danish medical journal in July 1964.
An yet another study found that daily consumptiion ofpure honey also lowered cholesterol levels.
UPSET STOMACH. Honey has long been recognized as an effective medicine for stomach upset and nausea. Add a little cinnamon and this wonder cure also works to reduce ulcer flareups.
GAS. Eating honey with cinnamon can relieve gastrointestinal upsets — including gas — according to major studies conducted in India and Japan.
HEART DISEASE. You can guard against heart disease and prevent the deposit of fatty plaque in the arteries by eating honey and cinnamon regularly as a breakfast spread. Simply eat a slice of high fiber whole wheat toast with one tablespoon of the delicious spread daily. The miracle remedy reduced hardening of the arteries by 74 percent in nursing home patients, research shows.
HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. High blood pressure and its accompanying symptoms of chest pain and dizziness disappeared in many patients just weeks after Italian researchers gave them regular doses of honey mixed with cinnamon. The patients’ blood pressure readings improved markedly and all 137 subjects reported that they felt much better after a few weeks of the miracle cure.
IMMUNE SYSTEM. Your immune system will function more than three times as effectively if you regularly consume honey and cinnamon in combination, experts say. Medical research shows that the rich store of vitamins and minerals found in honey boosts the activities of white blood cells, helping them prevent disease by deestroying invading viruses and bacteria.
PIMPLES. Mix three teaspoons of honey with a teaspoon of cinnamon and dab on pimples nightly. The anti-bacterial properties of honey will clear up your complexion within two weeks.
POISON IVY. Apply a three to one honey-cinnamon mix directly to affected area and reapply whenever itching becomes uncomfortable. Repeat until eruptions disappear.
SKIN INFECTIONS. Treat like poison ivy, repeating application until condition improves.
WEIGHT LOSS. You can enjoy all the food you like, get healthier and lose unwanted pounds with a powerful and tasty new diet, rich in two natural ingredients — honey and cinnamon.
All you have to do is make sure that you use both liberally in your cooking.
In addition, experts say you can help ugly bulges melt away by starting your day with two tablespoons of honey mixed with one teaspoon of cinnamon in a glass of warm water. Repeat this cocktail before going to bed.
In the low-exercise months of winter, adding these natural flab-burning ingredients to your diet is timely. And the warm beverage is recognized by nutritionists as an appetite suppressant, as well as a warm and formidable tonic for warding off illnesses.
CANCER. Recent research in Australia and Japan demonstrates honey can have a dramatic effect on cure rates in individuals taking chemotherapy.
In one study of 27 patients suffering from advanced bone and stomach cancers, patients who took daily doses of honey and cinnamon experienced remission rates twice that of patients who had chemotherapy and no honey and cinnamon.
“We gave them a tablespoon of cinnamon and honey three times a day for a month,” says Dr Hiroki Owatta. “The others stayed with their usual diet.”
“Those who took the honey mixture were much more likely to go into remission than the others. Of course, patients should consult their doctors first, but we think they should consider this treatment.”
FATIGUE. There’s some new evidence that the natural sugars in honey can significantly improve energy levels. Used properly, these sugars can help senior citizens and others who suffer from common fatigue.
Experts recommend mixing half a teaspoon of honey into an 8-ounce glass of water. Sprinkle with cinnamon and drink two hours after waking up in the morning.
“Take the rest about three in the afternoon when your energy starts to sag a little,” recommends Dr Milton Abbozza, whose work on honey-cinnamon energy boosters has attracted international attention. “Within a week you’ll notice that you have a lot more pep.”
BAD BREATH. South Americans gargle honey, cinnamon and warm water each morning to make their breath fresh and clean the natural way. In Southeast Asia, people eat a spoonful of cinnamon honey to cure chronic halitosis.
Experts believe that bacteria-killing components in the honey actively combat bad breath.
INDIGESTION. Two spoonfuls of honey sprinkled with cinnamon before meals banishes heartburn and indigestion, experts say. Honey helps stimulate the secretion of digestive juices and cinnamon speeds up digestion.
LONGEVITY. You can live to be 100 and enjoy a healthy, active life, too, by sipping a daily cup of hot or cold cinnamon and honey tea. To make this delicious brew, simply simmer four tablespoons of honey plus one tablespoon of cinnamon in three cups of water for 10 minutes. Drink 1/4 cup servings three of four times a day.
HEARING LOSS. Daily doses of honey and cinnamon keep the hearing acute, according to ancient Greek folklore.
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