- Jun 20, 2014
Benefits of Honey
One of the most natural forms of sugar made available by nature herself with her little helpers, the bees and the flowers, is honey. With its thick viscous form and unique sweetness, it has enchanted mankind since the stone ages. But its taste isn’t the only great thing about it. Like everything that nature makes, even honey finds application in various fields.
Humans have been fascinated by the many uses of honey. Ancient civilizations of Egypt, Rome and Greece made heavy use of honey in their cultures. Honey has been used for its antibacterial and antifungal properties since the ancient times.
- Helps in prevention of cancer and heart disease–
Honey contains flavonoids and antioxidants. These help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease.
- Helps in reducing ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders-
Recent research has shown that honey treatment may help disorders such as ulcers and bacterial gastroenteritis.
- Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal in nature-
The bees add an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide, which makes it anti-bacterial. This also contributes to the incredibly long shelf-life of honey.
- Increases athletic performance-
Ancient Olympic athletes ate honey and dried figs to enhance their performance. Now-a-days, honey has shown itself to be superior in maintaining glycogen levels and improving recovery time than other sweeteners.
- Reduces cough and throat irritation-
Honey helps with coughs, particularly buckwheat honey. A single dose of buckwheat honey is just as effective as a single dose of dextromethorphan in relieving nocturnal cough and allowing proper sleep.
- Helps in regulating blood sugar–
The exact combination of fructose and glucose in honey actually helps the body regulate blood sugar levels. Some honeys have a low hypoglycaemic index, so they don’t disrupt your blood sugar.
- Heals wounds and burns-
External application of honey has been shown to be as effective as conventional treatment with silver sulfadiazine. It is believed that the drying effect of the simple sugars and honey’s anti-bacterial nature combine to create this effect.
- Probiotic in nature-
Some varieties of honey possess large amounts of friendly bacteria. This includes up to 6 species of lactobacilli and 4 species of bifid bacteria. This explains many of the mysterious therapeutic properties of honey.
- Help in improving skin-
Its anti-bacterial qualities are particularly useful for the skin, and, when used with the other ingredients, honey can also be moisturizing and nourishing.