Discover the health benefits of one of the oldest sweeteners land, plus some interesting curiosities, some great recipes and some precautions.
- Prevent cancer and heart disease
- Reduce ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders
- Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-fungal
- Increase athletic performance
- Reduce the irritation of cough and throat
- Balance of the 5 elements
- Heal wounds and burns
Bees swallow, digest and regurgitate nectar to make honey; this nectar contains almost 600 compounds. We need our bees, so we will do everything possible to keep them and keep them here on this earth.
Honey is so good we have included in our list of Power foods that should be in your kitchen right now.
Health benefits of honey
1. Prevent cancer and heart disease
Honey contains flavonoids, antioxidants that help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease.
2. Reduce ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders
Recent research shows that treatment with honey may help disorders such as ulcers and bacterial gastroenteritis. This may be related to the third benefit.
3. Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-fungal
"All honey is antibacterial, because the bees add an enzyme that produces hydrogen peroxide," said Peter Molan, director of the Research Unit of honey at the University of Waikato in New Zealand.
4. Increase athletic performance
Former Olympic athletes ate honey and dried figs to improve their performance. This has now been proven with modern studies, showing that it is superior in maintaining glycogen levels and improve recovery time than other sweeteners.
5. Reduce the irritation of cough and throat
Honey helps with coughing, particularly buckwheat honey. In a study of 105 children, a single dose of buckwheat honey was as effective as a single dose of dextromethorphan in relieving nighttime cough and allowing adequate sleep.
6. Balance of the 5 elements
Honey has been used in Ayurvedic medicine in India for at least 4000 years and is considered to affect all three primitive material imbalances of the body positively. It is also said to be useful useful in improving eyesight, weight loss, cure impotence and premature ejaculation, urinary tract disorders, bronchial asthma, diarrhea and nausea.
Honey referred to as "Yogavahi" is, as it has a quality to penetrate the deeper tissues of the body. When honey is used with other herbal preparations, which enhances the medicinal qualities of preparations and also helps them reach the deeper tissues.
Although honey contains simple sugars, that is not the same as white sugar or artificial sweeteners. Its exact combination of fructose and glucose actually helps the body regulate sugar levels in the blood. Some honeys have a low rate of hypoglycemia, so that the sugar level in the blood do not shake. Watch this video where Sweetener Comparison compare stevia, rice syrup, honey, molasses and agave, and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each.
8. Heal wounds and burns
The external application of honey has been shown to be as effective as conventional treatment with silver sulfadiazine. It is speculated that the drying effect of simple sugars and honey antibacterial nature combine to create this effect. Studies have shown that honey is a great success in healing wounds.