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Yasmine Karimi Bio 102-Perrier April 7, 2008 “What are some natural remedies that can be used to maintain a healthy immune system?” Did you know that the medicinal qualities among fruits and vegetables are greater and more effective with less side-effects than modern medicine? When consuming fruit, we gain more energy from its natural sugars because it allows for a clean burning process amplifying energy in our bodies. Out of the millions of alternative medicinal instruments, this paper will focus on four: honey, pineapple, garlic, and citric acid. Originally, honey was known for its nutritional value because it acts as an antioxidant and contains trace amounts of several vitamins and minerals. However, we now know today that honey not only does that, but is also considered to be “Nature’s Energy Booster” proving to instantaneously enhance performance, stamina, and diminish muscle exhaustion raising the body’s immune system defenses. (, 2006) The various vitamins in honey are B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and certain amino acids. (, 2006) The minerals found in honey include calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc. (, 2006) The fructose and glucose content prevent fatigue during implementation and are digested by the body once swiftly absorbed into the bloodstream. Compared to other sugars, honey maintains blood glucose levels at a fairly constant degree. Honey is also much sweeter than table sugar because of its high levels of fructose proving to not only be more health conscious than table sugar, but also effective. Along with its taste, honey acts as an antimicrobial agent for the treatment of multiple aliments because of its low water activity causing osmosis, hydrogen peroxide effect, and high acidity. (Wilson, 2004) With the osmosis effect, it doesn’t allow much room for microorganisms to live due to its poor environment for growth. The hydrogen peroxide effect, on the other hand, allows it to be used for topical application because the hydrogen peroxide is produced through dilution of body Page 1 of 6
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Yasmine Karimi Bio 102-Perrier April 7, 2008 fluids causing it to release slowly and act as an antiseptic. With the pH level of honey being approximately 3.2 to 4.5, its high acidity also prevents bacteria growth. A common ailment that honey helps to treat is a sore throat by not only soothing the esophagus but by also killing the infecting bacteria by using its antimicrobial properties. Honey can also be used topically to treat acne because it acquires natural humectants killing the bacteria that causes acne and also feeds the skin with its nutrients allowing for a healthy balanced skin to reemerge. (www.benefits-, 2006) Once the skin is thoroughly cleansed, an application of honey on the affected areas for ten minutes helps to reduce inflammation and redness of
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2008 for the course BIO 102 taught by Professor Perrier during the Spring '08 term at VCCS.

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