General Health

Health Benefits of Honey

By October 23, 2017 No Comments

As we all know taking honey is the best way to consume natural sugar, without having to worry about your sugar intake. Therefore, If you’re not taking full advantage of the nutritional and medicinal properties of honey, it’s time to begin doing so. Because honey is a remarkable healing agent for all sorts of ailments.

People have been using honey for its antibacterial and anti-fugal properties since the ancient times. Honey is certainly an old product that has won over the hearts of many in the natural healing niche. Honey is the way to go not just to replace sugar, but to add nutrition and wellness to your life.

At its basic makeup, one tablespoon of honey is about 64 calories and has no fat or cholesterol. It includes vitamins, trace enzymes, amino acids, and minerals like calcium, iron, sodium chlorine, magnesium, phosphate, and potassium.

Because of its bent towards the acidic PH level (3.2 to 4.5), it helps reduce bacteria growth and the antioxidant properties help it wipe out some free radicals. It is perhaps one of the best sweetener on the planet and like i mentioned before, we could use less processed sugar. Let’s take a look at the health benefits of honey so that more and more people will take advantage of this natural healing and health aid.

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Allergy Relief

If you’re one of the millions of people who suffer from allergies, try buying some local organic honey! Because local bees pollinate the local flowers you are probably allergic to, their nectar will contain small amounts of pollen, which in small amounts of it, allow the body to trigger an immune response that produces antibodies to the pollen. This means a less allergic response.

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Energy Booster

Honey is a great all natural source of energy with just 17 grams of carbohydrates per tablespoon. Because it is a natural unprocessed sugar, even the most sensitive stomachs can digest it. The fructose and glucose directly enter the bloodstream and deliver a quick boost of energy. The rise in blood sugar acts as a short-term energy source during a workout, especially in longer endurance exercises.

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Memory Booster

As we age, we want to keep our memory sharp, so consuming foods that will give the memory a boost is recommended.

Antioxidants are fabulous for feeding the cells of your brain the food it needs to thrive. You’ll find that there are plenty of antioxidants in honey, which can help keep your brain in tip-top shape.

In fact, research shows that honey may help postmenopausal women’s memory stay sharp by simply taking one spoonful each day. Adding a teaspoon to a cup of tea each day is an easy and refreshing way to meet that quota.

Honey also helps the brain absorb calcium, which helps with memory as well.

Taking good care of your brain via consuming proper nutrition can decrease your chances of contending with dementia down the road.

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Helps Prevent And Fight Cancer

Yes, honey is another food that can help prevent or fight cancer because it has carcinogen-preventing properties and can help fight the growth of existing tumors. Perhaps you’ve heard how cancer actually feeds on sugar, but honey does not have the same properties as sugar.

Honey has wonderful flavonoid and phenolic compounds that make it a super food and give it anti-metastatic properties that can fight tumors and cancer.

More specifically, honey includes the phenolic compounds: gallic acid, chrysin, elegiac acid, p-Coumaric acid, syringic acid, ferulic acid, and caffeic acid; all are thought to contribute to the healing of the cells of the body.

The evidence of honey helping with the prevention and healing of cancer cells is growing and much more research needs to be done, but the initial findings are promising.

Regular consumption of raw, unprocessed honey can certainly be an easy and affordable way to give your body the boost it needs to ward off sickness.

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Sleep Aid       

Honey can be a health aid for sleepless nights. Honey releases serotonin in the body — a neurotransmitter that improves mood and happiness. The body then converts serotonin into melatonin, a chemical compound that regulates the length and the quality of sleep.

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Helps With Gum Diseases

Because honey is a good antimicrobial substance, it can help fight gum disease despite its sugar content. Researchers state that there is an enzyme in honey that is responsible for creating hydrogen peroxide.

This peroxide is what gives honey the antimicrobial quality, decreasing the growth of plaque bacteria and limiting the amount of acid.

Bet you never thought you’d hear that honey can be compared to your mouthwash. Yes, Manuka honey has a super anti-bacterial quality to it and because it has the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF), it is extra potent.

Simply dilute honey and use it as a mouthwash or make a tooth paste out of it and brush your teeth. You can also brush your teeth with your toothpaste and then rub the honey onto the teeth afterwards.

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Helps With Cholesterol

Cholesterol levels do matter, so finding easy solutions for lowering cholesterol is what we all like to do.

Cholesterol is necessary in the body to help you digest fat, but too much of it isn’t good for the health. Health experts recommend in take of about 1,000 mg of cholesterol per day.

With the body already producing some cholesterol, it’s essential to watch how much meat, eggs, dairy products, and other high-cholesterol foods we consume.

By eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and drinking plenty of water, your cholesterol levels should be alright. But if you are contending with higher levels of cholesterol, consider adding a tablespoon of honey to your diet each day.

Honey has a zero cholesterol and has plenty of great nutrients like calcium, potassium, and B vitamins. Also, honey has antioxidants in it, which help bind free radicals in the body.

Here is a great recipe to add to your daily regimen that will help lower your cholesterol:

  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • juice of half a lemon
  • couple dashes of powdered cinnamon
  • simply mix together in a warm glass of water and consume once a day.
HONEY ON SKIN

Natural Antiseptic

When applied topically, honey releases slowly hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), an antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiseptic compound produced from an enzyme, disinfecting the wound, killing the germs and healing the broken skin. Scientific evidence shows that most strains of harmful bacteria die in the presence of oxygen or hydrogen peroxide.

Honey on wound

Wound And Skin Ailment Healing

The healing property of honey is due to the fact that it offers antibacterial activity, maintains a moist wound condition, and its high viscosity helps to provide a protective barrier to prevent infection. Today, clinical observations have documented honey’s effectiveness in treating cuts, burns, insect bites, yeast infections, various skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, and fungal infections from athlete’s foot to ringworm.

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Boosts Athletic Performance and Recovery

Recent research has shown that honey is an excellent ergogenic aid and helps in boosting athletic performance. Honey aids in maintaining stable blood sugar levels, facilitates muscle recuperation and glycogen restoration after a workout, and also regulates the amount of insulin in the body.

Use Honey In Moderation

Although honey is super good for you, use it in moderation due to its level of fructose.

One teaspoon of honey can have almost 4 grams of fructose, which, if taken in high quantities, can mess with those who have diabetes or a pre-existing insulin resistant condition. It’s recommended to stay below 25 grams of fructose each day.

Although it is a natural remedy for many things, you must be careful to consume a little bit of honey each day or use it topically as necessary.

Take note of how you feel after doing this regularly for several months.

Many people who begin using honey regularly, note how much more energy they have. A great deal of people praise honey for its medicinal effects.

If you’re not sure how to incorporate honey into your life regularly, use some of the ideas listed here.

Purchasing a book about honey that lists natural home remedies for all sorts of ailments and illnesses is another option.

Some may work for you and some may not, but at least you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you tried something organic and natural instead of hitting the pharmacy for medicine.

When Mother Earth provides such amazing and natural home remedies, it’s important to take note and take advantage of them.

There are literally hundreds of natural cures for all sorts of ailments.

Take some time and make a commitment to try various remedies for you and your family. Honey is quite affordable and regularly available in most communities.

Again, be sure to purchase your honey from the locals, whether it’s at the farmers market, local co-op, or local natural health food store.

You’ll come to love honey more and more as you incorporate it into your life regularly.

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