Benefits of honey
Honey is a food which tastes very sweet. It can be used as a replacement for sugar for its health benefits and for those who are interested in shedding some pounds. The origin of honey is the nectar of the flowers from where bees collect it and hides in their beehives. Most of the nutritionist likes to name honey as a treasure chest of hidden nutritional. Besides, the medical value of honey which is recorded from centuries has blown everyone’s minds. Honey is a well-known kitchen staple which is packed with antifungal and antibacterial properties. The use of honey was recorded since the early days of Egyptian tombs.
According to the National Honey Board, a tablespoon full of raw honey contains 64 percent of calories which is of course fat cholesterol and sodium free. Its composition is 80 percent carbohydrates, 18 percent water, two percent vitamins, and minerals and amino acids. Raw honey is the unpasteurized version of commonly used honey and only differs in its filtration, which helps extend its shelf life. It is believed that raw honey is much better to be consumed that filtered one. Without exploring deeper into the argument, let us focus on the health benefits of the super powers of honey. Depending on its variety, the natural sweetener presents many health benefits, as well as nutritional benefits.
Honey is not appropriate for infants despite the fact that it has a lot of beneficial health properties. Spores of Clostridium botulinum bacteria which are often found in dust and dirt contaminate honey. The negative effect an infant can face is — infant botulism. Besides before 12 months, according to Mayo Clinic, honey can also produce a toxin inside the body that can cause muscle weakness and breathing problems. After 12 months the baby starts to build up a healthy digestive system so he or she will face no problem if consumed after 12 months.
The other health benefits of this golden liquid are:
- Alleviate Allergies
The following information is known to most of the parents: Honey’s anti-inflammatory effectiveness has the ability to soothe coughs and has proven as a useful home remedy for children who are experiencing from a severe cough or cold disease. For adults, they can drink a hot cup of warm water, boiling it with mint and tulsi leaves and at last pouring one tablespoon of honey. Besides, the anti-inflammatory abilities packed in honey have made many believe and admit to the fact that it can lessen seasonal allergy symptoms.
Dr. Matthew Brennecke, a board certified naturopathic doctor practicing at the Rocky Mountain Wellness Center in Fort Collins, told Medical Daily in an email, “A common theory is that honey acts like a natural vaccine.” As honey is obtained from the nectar of plants, it contains small amounts of pollen. When the body is uncovered to these small amounts of pollen, it triggers an immune response. As a result, the body’s white blood cell produces antibodies to the pollen. When the body is repeatedly exposed to the pollens, by that time, the body has already built up enough antibodies and the body is accustomed to their presence. Therefore, less histamine is secreted, resulting in a lesser allergic response.
- All-Natural Energy Drink
Did you know that honey contains 17 grams of carbohydrates in a port tablespoon? Yes, honey is an excellent source of the energy provider. Honey is loaded with unprocessed sugar (fructose and glucose). Theses unprocessed sugar has the ability to enter the bloodstream directly and deliver a boost of energy, perhaps in a quick manner. When you do workouts, your blood sugar level may drop and you might see all black and white when you are working out. You will also lose the stamina to work harder and shed off some pounds. To avoid these kinds of pass outs, have a tablespoon full of honey before doing yoga or workouts. You will see that you can carry on with your workouts or yoga poses better and for a long period of time.
- Boosts Memory
The golden liquid is packed with antioxidants. These antioxidants assist in averting cellular damage as well as a loss within the brain. A journal published in Menopause in 2011, said that it has being found that if you have a daily spoonful of honey, it may build up postmenopausal women’s memory, which in return can provide an alternative therapy for the hormone-related intellectual decline. The research took almost four months to complete. In the meanwhile, women were asked to take 20 grams of honey per day. At the end of the course, researchers have found that those women were more likely to have better short-term memory than their counterparts who took hormone pills.
Besides that, honey has the capability to assist the body to absorb calcium which in return helps aid to the brain health, according to Brennecke. Intake of calcium is important for the brain as it processes thoughts and makes decisions in the presence of calcium.
- Sleep Aid
If you are suffering from anemia, then honey can be act as your friend. Honey causes the insulin level in our blood to rise and secretes serotonin which is a neurotransmitter. This action of honey improves the mood and gives a natural feeling of happiness. As said earlier, we can take a tablespoon of honey if you feel restless and you need to sleep. Honey converts serotonin into melatonin, a chemical compound that regulates the length and the quality of sleep.
- Treats Wounds and Burns
Honey can be referred as a natural antibiotic that can act both internally as well as externally. It can be used as a traditional treatment for wounds, plus burns. This antibiotic works by disinfecting the wounds or sores from major species of bacteria, for example, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). In 2005, a journal was published after doing research in the British Journal of Surgery. In that journal, the researchers proved that one of the patients, who was suffering from leg ulcers and wounds, showed remarkable improvement after the application of honey. Dr. Diane Radford, a breast surgical oncologist in St. Louis, told Medical Daily through email, honey comprises of antibacterial properties which are effective for healing wounds.
Honey has been used for more than 2000 years ago due to its medicinal properties. It still continues to hold onto its legacy as a multipurpose health help and health purposes.