More Nutritional Benefits Of Honey Are Continuously Being Discovered

By Leanne Goff


The myriad nutritional benefits of honey far exceed a pleasant taste. Unfortunately, a high number of consumers do not realize exactly how many health benefits are associated with the substance. As one would suspect, similar to any sweet food, honeycomb should be used in moderation. However, when one does not consume it excessively, it may offer a considerable number of health benefits.

Traditional sources often state that honey is nothing more than sugar. However, this is not an accurate statement. There is more to the substance than meets the eye, as it possesses unique qualities that are not found in refined sugar. This is because the bees that are responsible for its manufacturing enhance the final product as it is being made. Therefore, unlike refined white sugar, it contains additional properties, many of which are beneficial to human health.

A good example of the product's many advantages is its anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. An ingredient called methylglyoxal is responsible for this effect. Methylglyoxal is a substance that has been scientifically proven to fight off various bacterial and viral infections. Therefore, those suffering from colds or other illnesses commonly experienced in the winter season may wish to have that traditional cup of tea with honey in order to speed their recovery.

Certain kinds of honeycomb also contain antiseptic properties. This is especially true regarding Manuka honey. This variety is harvested from the shrub of the same name, into which bees construct honeycombs. This version of the substance can be put directly on a wound without risking infection. It also contains properties that can soothe burns.

Even though honeycomb is primarily made up of water and carbohydrates, it also contains generous amounts of minerals and vitamins. The latter include vitamins B5, B3, and B2, as well as phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, zinc, copper, calcium, potassium and iron. It also contains flavanoids and other antioxidants. Flavanoids are found in numerous fruits and vegetables.

Research is currently underway to discover whether or not the aforementioned substance can enhance the human immune system. Studies have shown that this may be the case. In some areas of the world, where different kinds of honeycomb are used regularly, people appear to be more resilient to sickness and may have stronger immune systems.

The ingredients in organic honeycomb may also provide advantages to those suffering from high blood sugar. Research that has recently been conducted indicates that natural honeycomb may reduce plasma glucose levels in human blood, and balance homocysteine levels in diabetics and healthy people alike. However, these conclusions must be confirmed with more clinical trials.

Because of the many nutritional benefits of honey, numerous health-conscious individuals have chosen to add the substance to their diet. Organic varieties are the best choice for such individuals, and they can be purchased online or in traditional health food stores. When making a purchase via the Internet, however, it is important to carefully research the website where the transaction will be made prior to entering credit card numbers or other personal information. Finally, it is always wise to discuss any dietary changes with one's primary health care practitioner.




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