This sweetener lowers key heart attack indicator by 57%
December 29, 2012
Volume 2 | Issue 102
On Monday, I introduced you to the Ikarians. These people live on a small island (Ikaria) near Greece. What's peculiar about these people is that most of them live to at least 90 years old. And many of them to over 100. What's more, they're healthy at this age. They don't have as much heart disease and cancer as we do. And they're vibrant.
I showed you that the Ikarians' secret is combining a Mediterranean diet with honey. Of course, it helps that they don't eat as many processed foods as we do. But there are a lot of cultures that eat a Mediterranean diet that don't live as long as these folks do. Honey may play a big role in their longevity. Here are some ideas about why it might help.
First, honey is great for your heart. A recent study found that honey can make healthy hearts even healthier. It can lower their total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and their triglycerides. But it gets better. Honey also lowers these same factors in people who already have heart disease. In fact, it worked even better for them. It dropped their total cholesterol by 8%, LDL cholesterol by 11%, and C-reactive protein levels by 57%.
That last number is incredible! CRP is an indicator of inflammation and a strong indicator of a pending heart attack. If a drug could lower CRP by that much, it would be worth billions. But that's not all honey can do to help you live a long life.
Honey also helps keep your blood sugar regulated. My friend and colleague Nan Fuchs, PhD, just reported in Women's Health Letter, "Honey significantly lowers insulin in non-diabetics, and it stabilizes blood sugar levels in diabetics. When 48 type-2 diabetics in a recent study ate small amounts of honey throughout the day for eight weeks, it lowered both blood sugar and HbA1c. HbA1c is a blood test that identifies the average blood sugar level over a period of time, not just in the moment." That's right, honey is actually good for diabetics. Dr. Fuchs gives several ways diabetics can use honey to treat their condition. And she gives specific advice on how to take it.
Finally, honey also helps prevent and treat cancer. This makes sense, as diabetes and inflammation are major precursors to cancer. So lowering your inflammation and regulating your blood sugar can go a long way in preventing the disease. The Japanese and Australians have seen honey reverse some cases of advanced cancer of the stomach and bones. Another study found "honey is an effective agent for inhibiting the growth of bladder cancer cell lines in vitro."
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Honey isn't a cure-all, though it sure can help with a lot of illnesses. It's a strong preventive. In moderation, it doesn't cause blood sugar problems. And it may just be the secret to living a long, healthy life. The Ikarians seem to think so. The best honey is usually raw honey from right around where you live. But Manuka honey is also very good. You can order it online.
Your insider for better health,
Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.
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