Question: can you use honey to heal a cut.
Answer: Given that sugars like honey should not be part of a diet for diabetics, the idea of honey wound treatment is bizarre, but here’s the shocker– its actually a good treatment option. Honey is a centuries old remedy for a wide variety of skin problems. It contains an astonishing number of beneficial ingredients including carbohydrates, different forms of vitamin B, minerals( eg calcium, zinc, and potassium) antioxidants, lactic acid , and powerful flavinoids. These components give honey powerful antibacterial, antitumor, antiviral, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powers.
Some studies have shown that honey can heal burns, ulcers and wounds while other research has indicated that it stimulates the production of fibroblasts. These are the fibers that go on to become collagen and elastin. Seriously.
Not All Honey is AlikeSome honeys have more healing properties than others. Darker honeys like buckwhat have higher levels of antioxidants. From a health stand point, Manuka honey is considered the most effective. It is made from bee hives where the buzzy inhabitants dined on the Manuka bush. Manuka honey is usually used for medical grade honey. To avoid contamination, honey used for skin care management is treated with radiation to kill stray bacteria and mold spores. While this sounds hyper technical, medical grade Manuka honey is available from Amazon. Buy it here
Commercial beauty products use honey primarily for its impressive moisturizing properties. Homemade honey skin care products are both popular and genuinely helpful. My favorite mask for dry skin is a quick combo of an egg yolk and a teaspoon of honey Simply mix these two kitchen staples together, spread on the face and let the mask dry and harden. Leave it on for about 30 minutes, and rinse of with lukewarm water.
A different but equally effective treatment comes from the National Honey Board. To clean and exfoliate normal/ oily skin, combine one tablespoon of honey with an equal amount of cornmeal. Rub gently into the face, then rinse off.
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Question: What is CoQ10
This seemingly simple question has a complicated answer. Let’s start with the easy part. CoQ 10 is similar to a vitamin and is a powerful antioxidant. It is made by the body and is essential for providing energy to the cells. As with so many self made substances, the levels drop both as we age and in health problems such as Alzheimer’s, diabetes, some cancers, Parkinson’s disease and heart disease.
The assocition between lower levels of CoQ10 and health issues have led to the study of the benefits of CoQ 10 supplementation. It has been extensively studied in both animals and humans– and yet there is no consensus. Many animal studies indicate CoQ10 can slow aging, strengthen muscles and reduce heart stress. But literally hundreds of studies with humans had ended with conflicted results. It seems that for every small study that shows benefits, there are seven with no benefits. ?????
How Much CoQ10 Do We Need?The decision to add CoQ10 to your supplement routinue starts with a look at how much of this pseudo vitamin we actually need. Scientists estimates that we require 3-5 mg/day. About 75% of CoQ10 we need is manufactured by the body and 25% comes from our diet. And here we get on a bit of solid information. The best food sources of CoQ10 are beef and chicken– about 2mg in a three ounce serving. Fruits, vegetables, grains and dairy have very small amounts., so if you are a vegetarian or vegan, you may be genuinely low in CoQ10.
Most experts would agree that its safe to take a 20mg supplement several times a week. Because it is fat soluble it will be better absorbed when taken with meals. It can genuinely give you so much of an energy boost that it should be taken in the morning to avoid problems with insomnia.
Traditional doctors are often reluctant to prescribe CoQ10 because it can interfere with medications for diabetes, high blood pressure and chemotherapy. In fact, both the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society do not recommend taking CoQ10.
Bottom Line: If you don’t eat beef or chicken, you can consider taking small ( 20 mg) amounts of CoQq10 several times a week to supply what you are missing from your diet. But right now there is just not enough evidence to use CoQ10 therapeutically to manage serious health problems. IMO future studies will demonstrate both its true value and the best way to get benefits, but right not we do not have the needed info.
Can CoQ10 really help my skin?
Answer: CoQ10 is a vitamin like nutrient that is naturally found in the body. With strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powers, its sad but true that its levels drop with age and illness. To promote health and healing there is a great interest in using it as an oral supplement. It is equally intriguing in skin care.
CoQ10 and Your Skin
This mighty substance is on the short list of ingredients tht can actually be absorbed into the skin. Studies have show that it is a sunscreen on steroids. Unlike traditional sun protection chemicals, it does not absorb UV rays but acts as a cellular shield to actually boost the value of a sunscreen. But wait, there is more. It protects the production of collagen. CoQ10 also spurs the production of fibroblasts which are the building blocks of collagen. And It inhibits the production of a precursor of melanin. What This means is it can be useful as a skin brightener.
CoQ10 is fat soluable which means it works best in a rich, slightly greasy environment. If you are have oily or acne prone skin, CoQ10 is not the right ingredient for your face. Alone it won’t hurt your skin, but to be effective, it needs to be in a rich base which can trigger breakouts.
As with so many potentially effective ingredients, the value of a product depends on the formulation. Cosmetic chemists recommend that a skin care product contain at least .5% of CoQ10 to be effective.
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