“My son, eat thou honey, for it is good” — King Solomon, Proverbs 24:13
The king was right. Honey is perhaps one of the sweeteners that was handed down to us from the times of yore. The name itself is enough to make the mouth water as it brings up an association of something sweet and tasty. Along with being high on taste, there several health benefits of this wonder liquid. Here we reveal some of them.
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Honey is created by honeybees by collecting nectar from the flowers. It goes through a unique process of evaporation and regurgitation. The sugary liquid is rich in nutrients and is made up of a combination of fructose, glucose and other vital nutrients like sodium, calcium, iron, phosphate, chlorine, potassium and magnesium. It is also very rich in the vitamins like B5, B2, B1, B3 and B6. Due to the presence of potent medicinal, antibacterial as well as healing properties, honey is used as a medicine for several common ailments even today.
Here is a look at 10 benefits of honey:
Honey is very good for the skin
The various antimicrobial and disinfectant minerals in honey give those who consume it regularly a glowing skin. Popular with cosmetic companies, it can also reduce the occurrence of blemishes and acne especially among women when applied topically.
It boosts the energy level
Honey plays an important role in fighting fatigue and boosting energy levels. The liquid also prevents fatigue. This is because it contains natural minerals and sugars which provide the right number of calories required by the body.
Besides being healthy it is tasty too. So next time your want to satisfy your sweet tooth, don’t hesitate to take a teaspoon of raw organic honey. You don’t even have to worry about gaining weight.
Honey helps to curb insomnia
Have trouble sleeping? Honey is the answer to this new age phenomena. The super food is known to contain the sleep inducing amino acid tryptophan that is useful for overcoming insomnia and promoting sleep. It contains fat digesting cellulose which stimulates the release of insulin, enabling the tryptophan to enter the brain easily. This results in people going ‘zzzzzzz’, and into a peaceful state of sound sleep.
Honey decreases muscle fatigue
This is especially beneficial for all those who are athletes or into sports. They often experience muscle stress which leads to poor performance on the field. Honey intake can solve this problem as it increases the tolerance level and decreases the amount of muscle stress.
The reason is the excellent compilation of the fructose and the glucose in the honey. Glucose is quickly absorbed by the body, providing instant energy. Fructose, on the other hand, gets absorbed slowly, thus storing and providing the required energy for the future.
It helps in balancing the blood sugar level:
Good news for diabetics…. But are you wondering how something as sweet as honey can control the blood sugar level? Once again, the perfect combination of the fructose and the glucose plays an important role in controlling the blood sugar levels. There are some types of honey that have a lesser hypoglycemic index. The result is that ingesting them does not increase your blood sugar level.
Some studies show that people suffering from Type 1 of diabetes should consume honey on a regular basis. Though it is always advisable to consult with your doctor first if you are diabetic.
It helps in treating cough and sore throat:
By now, it has been scientifically proven that honey is a superior form of medication in treating cough than those over-the-counter drugs. It contains various powerful antibacterial properties which heal sore throats by killing unwanted microbes that lead to infection.
One tablespoon of honey, especially buckwheat honey, mixed with lemon juice should be taken as an excellent natural medicine in reducing coughs. You can also add salt to the mixture and use it for gurgling for great results and a good sleep.
Honey heals injuries and wounds
Yes, honey has many disinfectant and antimicrobial properties. These properties help in healing wounds and injuries. Additionally, it can prevent bacterial infections; decrease pain and any the chances of pus from an infected wound by facilitating a quick recovery. Apply honey to the wound after cleaning it thoroughly and cover the affected area with bandage to heal the wound faster.
Note: it is important to change the wound within 24 hours.
It helps to heal minor burns in the body
The antifungal, antimicrobial and the germ-killing properties of honey can protect us against bacterial infection and keep them at bay. So, if you burn yourself, apply honey for faster results.
It enables in weight loss
Here is something which is tasty and sweet and yet helps to lose that unwanted weight!! Honey is rich in minerals, nutrients, and amino acids. All these elements positively affect the metabolic rate thus aiding in weight loss.
Honey also betters the digestive system
Of course, honey improves digestion. The various enzymes and vitamins present in it help to treat ulcers and gastrointestinal disorders, thus improving the digestive system.
So, rush off to buy your honey and do yourself some good!