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What are some of the benefits of turmeric and honey?

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Based on some research studies, turmeric may be useful for conditions, such as osteoarthritis, different problems that affect the digestive tract and uveitis, as stated by the University of Maryland Medical Center. Similarly, honey may be effective as a cough suppressant, as noted by Mayo Clinic. Honey also has antibacterial properties.

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Due to its antibacterial properties, honey has been used for infected wounds for thousands of years. Today, a type of honey called Manuka honey has been studied by researchers, and it is used to help heal ulcers and wounds. Manuka honey also shows promise as a topical agent for bacterial infections that do not respond to antibiotics, according to the United States National Library of Medicine's National Center for Biotechnology Information. However, other types of honey can also have these same antimicrobial properties.

Another study on the use of honey as a cough suppressant was done with children age 2 and older. The study showed that honey was as effective as the ingredient dextromethorphan, a cough suppressant found in cough medicines, as noted by Mayo Clinic. However, children less than 12 months of age should not have honey because it can cause botulism.

Turmeric is a plant that is used in cooking as a spice. However, it contains the active compound curcumin, which is an antioxidant that may help with free radicals and inflammation in the body. According to early research studies, turmeric may be useful for ulcerative colitis, indigestion and osteoarthritis. However, more studies are required to conclusively indicate the use of turmeric for these or any other medical conditions.

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