Health Benefits of Honey
When it comes to nature’s sugars, people all over the world know honey’s where it’s at. Honey is one of the oldest sweetening substances on Earth and was used by the ancient Egyptians.
Bees make the sticky, sweet substance after they swallow, digest, and regurgitate flower and plant nectar. With over 600 natural compounds, honey is filled with vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that do a body good. That’s why Dr. Nandi wants you to know about its benefits, so you can be your own health hero.
Prevents Cancer and Heart Disease
Each of the 40 different types of honey is filled with antioxidants that fight free radicals. But honey has specific antioxidants, called flavonoids, which have been shown to stop cancer cells and those that cause heart disease.
Anti-Bacterial and Anti-Fungal
When bees process honey, an enzyme is added into the substance that makes hydrogen peroxide, making the substance fight against both bacteria and fungus.
Soothes Coughs and Throat Irritations
Because of honey’s structure, when consumed it coats the throat, helping with coughs and throat irritation. Buckwheat honey, in particular, has been shown to be as effective as the cough medicine dextromethorphan.
Helps with Blood Sugar Regulation
Even though honey is sweet, it’s not like white sugar. Its unique combination of fructose and glucose is easily processed by the body and does not spike blood sugar levels. Some kinds of honey have a low hypoglycemic index. This helps the body keep sugar levels stable.
Heals Wounds and Burns
With its anti-bacterial qualities, honey can be used externally on wounds and burns as a disinfectant. It speeds up the healing process.
For over 2,000 years, honey has been used around the world as a healing aid. Here are more health benefits of honey.
- Reduces ulcers and other GI issues
- Balances glycogen levels and reduces recovery time
- Boosts athletic performance
- Enhances the medical qualities of other substances
- Increases probiotics in the digestive system
- Boosts memory
- Reduces allergies
- Eliminates dandruff
- Improves sleep
- Pure and raw honey has more vitamins, minerals, and enzymes than refined honey
- The darker the honey, the higher the level of antioxidants
- The fewer plants used in honey, the lower the glycemic index
- One tablespoon of honey contains 64 calories; it is also fat, sodium, and cholesterol-free
- Don’t give honey to children until they are at least a year old since it can contain bacteria that causes infant botulism