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13 Health Benefits of Raw Honey

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In ancient times, honey was considered a prestige food, symbol of wealth, health and happiness and even an elixir of immortality. In our days we have almost forgotten about healing and preventive resources that the nature has given us. Often with even greater efficiency.

Find below the shortlist of honey benefits:

1. Honey is a natural source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Honey is intelligent food everything in its composition is well balanced.

2. Honey helps fat decomposition in the body. Honey acts as a fuel to make the liver produce glucose. This glucose keeps the brain sugar levels high and forces it to release fat burning hormones.

3. Honey supports the development of beneficial bacteria in the gut. Raw honey is an excellent prebiotic. It contains compounds called oligosaccharides which are not digestible in the small intestines, they reach the large intestine where the good bacteria utilise them to make nutrients that we can use.

4. Honey provides energy and reduces fatigue. The glucose in honey is easily absorbed by the body, quickly giving an immediate energy boost.

5. Honey helps to restore vision. Honey’s anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, combined with its soothing abilities, make it effective treatment for several eye conditions. Three teaspoons honey with carrot juice every day, gives an amazing effect.

6. Honey relieves sore throat. Honey is one of the best remedies for sore throat due to its natural antibacterial properties that allows it to act as wound  healer offering immediate pain relief while working to reduce inflammation.

7. Improves blood circulation. Honey contains antioxidant compounds that have been linked to lower blood pressure. Studies have shown modest reductions in blood pressure from consuming honey.

8. Honey is good prophylactic against cardiovascular diseases. Honey is a rich source of phenols and other antioxidants compounds. Many of these have been linked to reduce risk of heart disease. They also help arteries to dilate, increasing blood flow to the heart.

9. Honey relieves burns and promotes faster tissue repair. These effects are due to honey’s antibacterial action, secondary to its high acidity, osmotic effects, anti oxidant and hydrogen peroxide content.

10. Honey kills the bacteria causing acne. The anti-inflammatory properties in honey reduce the redness of acne. Its acidic property does not allow the bacteria to grow. Honey releases hydrogen peroxide, which is an antibiotic that can also remove bacteria and clear acne.

11. Honey helps with anxiety and improves memory.  Honey contains potent mix of antioxidants that protect your brain cells from inflammation, supports your mood, and improves blood flow to hippocampus – the area of the brain critical for your memory.

12. Honey lowers cholesterol levels. Studies have shown that consuming honey lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol by 6-11% and lowers triglyceride levels by as much as 11%. Honey may also increase HDL (good) cholesterol by about 3%.

13. Honey helps for better sleep. Honey helps your brain to release melatonin, the hormone that the body uses to restore itself during sleep. This happens through a series of transformations in the brain: Honey’s sugars spike your insulin levels, releasing tryptophan, which becomes serotonin which becomes melatonin. Melatonin acts on receptors in the body to encourage sleep.

This is the short list of honey benefits. Honey combined with other foods or used and an ingredient in other recipes, can be enormously helpful for our overall wellbeing.

5 Honey-Based Drinks To Boost Immunity

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Raw honey is a not only a food that tastes absolutely delicious, but can provide our bodies with important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to strengthen our immune systems. It’s not just fat and cholesterol free, but studies have shown honey lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol by 6-11% and increase HDL(good cholesterol by about 3%. Raw honey also contains powerful antioxidants that are proven to reduce the risk of heart disease, and boost the immunity.

With the ongoing pandemic and the winter feeling closer every day it has become all the more important for us to boost our immune system as much as we can.

Find below five easy honey based drinks that will boost your immune system:

Detox Honey Turmeric Tea: A perfect combination of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients.Turmeric is a very powerful liver cleansing spice hence it boosts immunity by improving liver function. The addition of ginger and honey doubles the anti-inflammatory results.

  • Recipe By NDTV Food
  • Recipe Servings 2
  • Prep Time 5 mins
  • Cook Time 5 mins
  • Total Time 10 mins
  • Difficulty Level Easy

Ingredients

1/2 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp ginger, chopped

3 tsp honey

2 cups water

How to make

1 Take a bowl, add water and heat.

2 Bring it to simmer, add turmeric and ginger.

3 Keep boiling the water till reduces to half.

4 Stop the heat and add the honey to taste.

   Serve Hot.

Banana Honey Smoothie: A thick, slushy smoothie with the goodness of bananas, honey and pumpkin seeds

  • Recipe By NDTV
  • Food Recipe Servings 2
  • Prep Time 10 mins
  • Total Time 10 mins
  • Difficulty Level Easy

Ingredients:

400 ml. yogurt

2 Bananas

3 tsp honey

2 tsp pumpkin seeds

10 ml water

How to make

1 Put yogurt and bananas in a blender.

2 Add 3 tsp of honey, 2 tsp of pumpkin seeds, add dash of water

3 Give it a good whisk till smooth.

Garnish with pumpkin seeds and honey.

Honey Lemon Ginger Tea: Brew up an aromatic cuppa of tea spiced with ginger, sweetened with honey.

  • Chef NDTV Food
  • Recipe Servings 3
  • Prep Time 5 mins
  • Cook Time 10 mins
  • Total Time 15 mins
  • Difficulty Level Easy

Ingredients:

3 Cups Water

1 tsp Ginger, finely chopped

1 tsp Tea leaves, for every cup

1 tsp Lemon juice

3 tsp Honey

How to Make

1 In a pan heat 3 cups of water.

2 Before it begins to boil add ginger.

3 Just as it starts to boil add the tea leaves and lemon juice.

4 Lastly add honey to taste, give it a swirl and serve

   Strain it into a cup and enjoy!

Granola Fruit Smoothie: A high-protein, wholesome smoothie that boasts of bananas, flaxseeds, honey, cinnamon and a delightful crunch of granola! The wonder combination of cinnamon and honey makes this drink a perfect immunity-boosting meal.

  • Chef Nitin Mathur
  • Restaurant Tiqri, Taj Santacruz
  • Recipe Servings 2
  • Prep Time 10 mins
  • Total Time 10 mins
  • Difficulty Level easy

Ingredients:

banana, sliced

1 medium apple

1/3 plain greek yogurt

1/4 tsp cinnamon powder

3 tsp honey

1 tbsp flaxseed

1/2 cup granola

1/4 cup ice

How to make

1 Crush granola coarsely in the blender.

2 Add greek yogurt, soy milk, and honey to blends well.

3 Add rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth.

4 Granola smoothie is ready. Enjoy!

Kadha Chai Recipe: Kadha has been the quintessential solution to health in India since time immemorial. Here is a kadha chai recipe that you can prepare at home in no time.

  • Chef Jagdish Kumar
  • Restaurant NRI Chaiwala
  • Recipe Servings 2
  • Prep Time 2 mins
  • Cook Time 5 mins
  • Total Time 7 mins
  • Difficulty Level Easy

Ingredients:

2 tsp black tea leaves

2 cups water

Bay leaves

1/2 tbsp carom seeds

2 Black pepper

2 Cloves

Green cardamom

1 tbsp ginger, grated

1 inch turmeric root

1 tbsp lemon juice

 Honey to taste

How to Make

1 Take a pan and start heating water on high heat.

2 Once the water starts boiling, add the black tea leaves and all ingredients except lime juice and honey.

3 Keep it covered for a minute, strain the green tea into the tea cups and add lime juice.

4 Lastly add honey to taste, give it a swirl and serve.

5  Enjoy!

Note that honey should never be cooked or boiled as it may lose some of it’s vital properties. Always add the honey at the end in hot beverages like tea.