Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Surprising Nutritional Benefits Of Honey

By Marissa Velazquez

You may have thought that it was only good for sweetening your tea, but the nutritional benefits of honey are many. Produced by regurgitation and evaporation, the honey bee make this wonderful product for us to benefit from. From as far back as thousands of years ago the Greeks, Romans, and Vedic texts have mentioned their use of it. Scientists and philosophers have written about it's healing properties since 300 BC.

Many claims about honey have not been scientifically shown to be true, but it is said that this product can indeed prove to have many healing traits. It has high levels of monosaccharides, fructose, and enzymes. It is nearly 70 to 80 percent sugar giving it such a delicious taste, the remainder is minerals and water. It is also said to have antiseptic and antibacterial properties.

With a higher pH level, 3.2 to 4.5, it prevents the growth of bacteria as well as possessing antioxidant properties. Ayurvedics have used it as a medicine for over 4 thousand years for balancing the body. Ancient Greeks ate it in the hopes of prolonging their lives. Egyptians made healing compounds with it over 5 thousand years ago. And pre-Ancient Egyptians treated wounds with it by applying it topically. It will take on the flavor of the flora where the bee collected the nectar, so there can be a lot of variety in the end product.

Medically there are many reported cases of success such as minimizing the duration of diarrhea in children and infants. It has been used as a substitute for glucose in oral rehydration. It has also been used to shorten the duration of acute diarrhea. Children and infants with gastroenteritis have had great success with rehydration, and it has been shown to be helpful in the prevention of GERD.

People have reported the use of honey in treating wounds. Applied topically it can work like an antibiotic. It may be used to help heal burns, but this has not been proven. There is some research that shows it can minimize seasonal allergies, it is great for soothing a cough. Manuka honey was found to be effective in killing bacteria by destroying bacterial proteins. Some studies have shown it to be effective in treating MRSA infections.

Full of mineral, enzymes, and vitamins in it's raw and organic state it can boost system immunity and protect one from bacteria. Coughs, cold and flu symptoms, congestion, and sore throats are all kept under control when adding 1 to 2 teaspoons to warm water. Add a little lemon juice and a bit of cinnamon for extra benefits.

It's even great for skincare, just apply a bit to blemishes and let sit overnight. Wash it off in the morning for a clear complexion. It treats, but doesn't cure, other skin condition as well like ring worm, eczema, and psoriasis. If soothes inflammation and offers relief of dryness.

Drink some warm water with a little lemon and honey to start the day, it is a great liver cleanser and can flush out toxins and fat. Add some cinnamon to the drink to revitalize the arteries and veins of the heart and reduce cholesterol by 10 percent. It relieves acidity in the stomach to sooth indigestion. Before a heavy meal it can prevent indigestion by neutralizing gas. It boosts energy, is a good source of calories, and sugar, there are many nutritional benefits of honey.

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