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Honey boosts probiotics' effectiveness

Posted on Jun 7, 5:14am

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With the antimicrobial properties of honey being further established, I fielded an interesting question the other day about whether or not nature's gold would inhibit probiotics.  It turns out that honey actually seems to work as a pre-biotic, a food-source for both lactobacillus and bifidobacterium.  Both of these natural flora in the GI tract are found in the guts of vaginally born, breast fed infants and have the best correlation with a healthy immune system.  Here are three articles I was sent for further reading:

Shamala TR, Shri Jyoth Y, Saibaba P. "Stimulatory effect of honey on multiplication of lactic acid bacteria under in vitro and in vivo conditions." Lett Appl Microbiol. 2000 Jun;30(6):453-5.

Aly M Ezz El-Arab, Shenouda M Girgis,, Eman M Hegazy, and Azzat B Abd El-Khalek. "Effect of dietary honey on intestinal microflora and toxicity of mycotoxins in mice." BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2006, 6:6 doi:10.1186/1472-6882-6-6

Honey Traveler "Health Benefits of Honey.", accessed June 6 2012.

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