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.