Since ancient times, honey has been used as both a food and a medicine. It's very high in beneficial plant compounds and offers several health benefits. Honey is particularly healthy when used instead of refined sugar, which is 100% empty calories.
Here are the top ten (10) health benefits of honey.
Honey prevents cancer and heart diseases. Honey contains flavonoids, antioxidants which help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart diseases.
Honey helps reduce ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorder. Recent research shows that honey treatment may help disorders such as ulcers and bacterial gastroenteritis.
Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal. All honey is antibacterial because the bees add an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide.
Honey increases athletic performances, ancient olympic athletes would eat honey and dried figs to enhance their performance. This has now been verified with modern studies, showing that it is superior in maintaining glycogen levels and improving recovery time than other sweeteners.
Honey reduces cough and throat irritation, it helps with cough, particularly buckwheat honey
Honey help balance the 5 elements, it has been used in Ayurvedic medicine in India for a long time now, and it is considered to affect all three of the body's primitive material imbalances positively. It is also useful in improving eyesight, weight loss, curing impotence and premature ejaculation, urinary tract disorder, bronchial asthma, diarrhea, and nausea.
Honey helps regulate blood sugar, even though it contains simple sugars, it is not the same as white sugar or artificial sweeteners. Its exact combination of fructose and glucose actually helps the body regulate blood sugar levels.
Honey heal wounds and burns; it has been shown to be as effective as conventional treatment with silver sulfadiazine. The drying effect of the simple sugars and honey's antibacterial nature combine to create this effect.
Honey is useful for skin and hair care; milk and honey are often served together since both of these ingredients help in creating smooth, beautiful skin. Crude honey improves seborrheic dermatitis and associated hair loss and prevent relapse when applied weekly.
Honey strengthen the immune, Manuka honey especially, has been found to stimulates the production of immune cells.
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