Honey Gives A Positive Effect in a Woman’s Memory

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In a recent report which aimed to provide an alternative treatment for hormone related memory problems, it was said that a spoonful of Malaysian honey may boost a post-menopausal woman’s memory. In the said study, about 102 healthy women were randomly picked and asked to either eat about 20 grams of honey each day, take hormone replacement therapy containing estrogen and progesterone, or do nothing at all.

Four months after doing any of the foregoing treatments, those people who took honey or hormone pills recalled about one extra word out of fifteen words presented on a short term memory test. “The immediate memory improvement in the honey group is probably best explained by improvement in concentration and overall well-being after honey supplement,” according to the Journal report of Dr. Zahiruddin Othman and other colleagues from Universiti Sains Malaysia in Kubang Kerian.

The study is also part of another study about the honey which comes from the tropical Tualang tree which is said to have beneficial effects on many things like scars, bones, female reproductive system as well as cancer cells. And just recently, as mentioned in this report, memory has been added to the long list of benefits. However, women shouldn’t get too excited, warned US experts.

“This is not a scientifically rigorous study,” reported Dr. Natalie L. Rasgon of the Stanford School of Medicine. Rasgon has also led government-funded studies about estrogen and cognitive decline in women. Rasgon criticized that the study is short term and small. What worried her too, is that the alleged effect of honey might only have something to do with additional blood sugar levels.

“Assuming potential efficacy of the honey, there is no preexisting knowledge of a mechanism,” said Rasgon. “I can’t understand how they can compare honey to estrogen. Honey is not even a supplement.” She further explained that estrogen and progesterone have different effects on the brain and even scientists are still divided as to how the hormones affect memory.

Dr. Victor Henderson, from the Stanford University also said that the individuals were not blinded, meaning they knew what treatments were given to them. This may give rise to the bias of placebo effects on the individuals.

“Memory changes as people get older and for women it’s difficult to separate the effects of aging from the effects of menopause,” shared Henderson. “The current evidence is that on average, most women don’t need to worry very much about cognition during the years around menopause.”

Henderson said that when tested objectively, it can be observed that memory loss isn’t much of a threat for women. What’s more concerning is to find out whether the hormonal imbalance can give rise to depression, sleep problems or recreational drug use.

“There is actually emerging evidence that exercise does have effects on memory. Twenty grams of honey provides about 60 calories from sugar, and diabetics would need to consider this in their diet,” Henderson cautioned.

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