Honey is a sweet, golden-colored syrupy substance that made by bees from nectar of flowers. Bees turn the nectar into honey by a process called regurgitation, a secretion of material through the mouth, and it’s then stored in wax honeycombs inside the beehive.
Honey is composed mostly of sugar in the form of fructose and glucose, which give it the sweetness. As with all nutritive sweeteners, honey is mostly sugars but it also contains traces of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and amino acids.
The honey has been used for thousands of years as a sweetener and flavoring in various foods and beverages by many cultures around the world. It is the main ingredient in the alcoholic beverage, mead, which is also known as honey beer or honey wine.
In addition to being a natural sweetening agent, honey is also has a long history of medicinal use, ranging from treating a variety of ailments to skin care. Let’s take a look at the some health benefits of honey for human body:
- Antibacterial properties
Honey has a powerful antibacterial effect which helps prevent the growth of harmful bacteria in the body.
- Aids in digestion
The antibacterial and antioxidant properties in honey help improve digestive system and prevent diarrhea. Adding honey to diary product such as yoghurt and milk can improve your digestion and bowel movements.
- Acne remedy
Due to its anti-microbial properties, applying honey on pimples will stop bacteria from spreading and promote a clear and fresh-looking complexion. For better result, mix honey with cinnamon powder and apply paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash away the next morning.
- Avoid hair loss
The use of honey for treating hair loss has been widely known throughout the ages. A 2001 study conducted by the Dubai Specialized Medical Center discovered, patients with hair loss experienced an improvement in the condition after rubbed honey onto their scalp with for 2 to 3 minutes a day.
Mix one tablespoon of honey with a teaspoon of cinnamon in a bowl. Apply the mixture on hair scalp before bath and leave it for 15 min and clean it.
- Dental care
Honey has antibacterial and antiseptic properties, which known to help with a toothache. To get it started, simply apply a paste of honey and cinnamon powder on the affected tooth. Gargling a mixture of one teaspoon of honey, cinnamon powder and hot water may also help keep your breath fresh throughout the day.
- Cures colds and sore throat
Honey has been used for centuries as a treatment for coughs and sore throat. It has been proven to be very effective. In fact, Italian opera singers used honey whenever they have sore throats so that they can sing well. The Chinese believe that excess “heatiness” in the body can cause sore throat and honey drink can be helpful in relieving it. Take a teaspoon of honey to soothe the inflammation or gargle with a mixture of two tablespoons of honey, four tablespoons of lemon juice and a pinch of salt.
For common cold, drinking a warm glass of water mixed with a teaspoon of honey and squeezed lime juice may provide quick relief for cold.
- Good for diabetics
Honey contains simple sugar and is converted directly to liver glycogen. It produces an optimum blood glucose and insulin response in the body. Compared to the intake of other sweeteners, such as refined sugar, insulin levels are lower when taking honey. That’s why honey is a good sugar substitute for diabetic. However, not all honey sold in markets are 100% pure honey. Some may had been mixed with water and sugar, so you should be more careful when choosing a honey for diabetic patients.
- Weight loss
If you are looking to lose weight, honey can be of great help to you. Although it do contains sugar. However, unlike refined sugar, honey also contains vitamins and minerals that are important for body’s metabolism and energy production.
One tablespoon of honey contains approximately 70 calories, while the same amount of sugar contains 45 calories. Though honey has more calories than sugar, honey when consumed with warm water helps in burning fat stored in your body. Mix honey with cinnamon powder may also help in reducing weight.
- Boosts Energy
Another health benefit of honey is its capabilities to provide immediate energy boost.
The fructose in honey is absorbed more slowly by the body providing a sustained energy, while glucose in honey is easily absorbed by the body and gives an instant energy boost. Honey is also can help regain stamina and prevent fatigue during exercise. This is why honey is a great source of energy for athlete and people who are active in physical activities. Products such as honey milk and energy bars with honey are very popular meals among athletes.
There are numerous health benefits that we can get from honey. So include some local honey in your diet today and start living healthy with honey! Beezzz…