New York: A daily spoonful of Malaysian honey may boost postmenopausal women`s memory, researchers say in a new report that aims to provide an "alternative therapy" for hormone-related intellectual decline.In the study, 102 healthy women were randomly assigned to eat 20 grams of honey a day, take hormone-replacement therapy containing estrogen and progesterone or do nothing.After four months, those who took honey or hormone pills recalled about one extra word out of 15 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," Dr. Zahiruddin Othman and colleagues from Universiti Sains Malaysia in Kubang Kerian write in the journal Menopause.The new work is part of a slew of studies from the researchers, who say the honey -- from the tropical tualang tree -- has beneficial effects on anything from scars, to bones, to female reproductive organs and even cancer cells.And now memory has been added to the list. But women shouldn`t get excited just yet, warn U.S. experts, who shot down the new results.
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