Honey is one of Mother Nature’s most amazing products. Not only is it highly nutritional, it has many medicinal properties as well. Most of us have honey in our kitchen, but not all of us understand its amazing benefits or why it has been used for thousands of years, dating back all the way to the Ancient Egyptians and beyond.
Honey has a number of scientifically proven super powers that help even part of our body. It is also a natural sweetener and it has various nutritional benefits, although the exact benefits vary depending on the type of honey. One tablespoon of honey contains just 64 calories. It is free of cholesterol, fat and sodium. Around 80% is made up of carbohydrates, 18% is water and the remaining 2% is composed of vitamins, minerals and amino acids.
Before looking into the various benefits of honey, a word of warning must be put in place. Honey should never be given to infants, as it may contain bacteria that can cause breathing problems, muscle weakness and botulism. But once children are one year old, the digestive system will then have sufficiently matured to handle the spores of the bacteria. Let’s take a look at the various magical properties of honey.
It has been said that eating honey that is locally produced helps to reduce seasonal allergies. This is because the very pollens that are in your own environment that you are allergic too are used in the creation of the honey itself. While scientists are still trying to determine whether or not this does indeed help, some preliminary results are highly positive.
Finnish researchers conducted a study recently in which patients with a known allergy to birch pollen consumed honey with added birch pollen, or ordinary honey, for about five months, before the start of pollen season. Patients who had taken the doctored honey reported 60 percent lower total symptoms scores than patients who did not receive the pollen-laced honey.
It Creates Energy
Honey is made of unprocessed sugar. Additionally, each tablespoon contains 17 grams of carbohydrates. This means that it can be used as a fantastic energy source that won’t give you
sugar rushes or crashes. This means it can also be used as a workout boost.
Honey is a source of carbohydrates, providing 17 grams per tablespoon, which makes it ideal for your working muscles since carbohydrates are the primary fuel the body uses for energy. Carbohydrates are necessary in the diet to help maintain muscle glycogen, also known as stored carbohydrates, which are the most important fuel source for athletes to help them keep going. Whether you’re looking for an energy boost or just a sweet reward after a long workout, honey is a quick, easy, and delicious all-natural energy source!”
It Improves Memory
Honey is filled with important antioxidants, which could help to prevent cellular loss and damage in the brain. One study suggested that a single spoon of Malaysian honey could help to improve memory, particularly in postmenopausal women. As such, it is being used as an alternative therapy to hormone replacement therapy. Additionally, honey helps the body absorb calcium, which is vital to the brain’s health.
It Suppresses Coughs
The common cold may be common, it is also very annoying. Honey can help as a cold remedy, particularly for children. A recent pediatric study demonstrated just how significant the effects of honey on coughs can be.
“In one study, children age 2 and older with upper respiratory tract infections were given up to 2 teaspoons (10 milliliters) of honey at bedtime. The honey seemed to reduce nighttime coughing and improve sleep. In fact, in the study, honey appeared to be as effective as a common cough suppressant ingredient, dextromethorphan, in typical over-the-counter doses.”
It Helps You Sleep
Your grandmother probably told you that drinking a cup of warm milk with honey will help you to go to sleep. This is not an old wives’ tale, but actually a scientifically proven result. This is because honey helps to release serotonin (a happy hormone) and insulin. Serotonin is converted into melatonin, which helps improve quality and length of sleep. Additionally, the various amino acids found in honey, including tryptophan, are able to easily enter the brain and create more serotonin, leading to more melatonin, leading to better sleep.
It Treats Dandruff
A recent study found that a mixture of honey and 10% warm water is a great relief to dandruff. Unfortunately, you do have to leave it on for as much as three hours. It will take around a week to take effect. Additionally, any skin lesions caused by dandruff and other scalp problems start to heal within just two weeks. Furthermore, notably less hair loss was reported. Even after six months of use, patients would not relapse. It is believed that this is due to the antifungal and antibacterial properties of honey. This is why it can also be used in the treatment of seborrheic dermatitis, mainly because of its anti-inflammatory properties.
It Treats Burns and Wounds
Finally, honey is a strong and natural antibiotic that improves and treats our overall health both internally and externally. It is a fantastic disinfectant for any kind of sores and wounds, including MRSA. Honey has been proven to be highly effective in the treatment of ulcers and other wounds, simply by applying it to the affected area. This is mainly because honey contains methylglyoxal, which is a strong antibacterial agent. Manuka honey contains the highest properties of this agent. Scientists are currently trying to extract this agent from honey to make a standalone, active product that is even stronger.
It should be clear why honey has been so popular for so long. Indeed, records show that it has been used for over 2,000 years in societies all over the world. Now that we live in an era where everything has to be scientifically proven, honey will continue to serve us medicinally.
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Together we can make this word a happier, healthier world!