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What are the Benefits of Honey

What are the Benefits of Honey? 
All About Benefits of Honey!

Introduction

The benefits of honey are as old as the honey itself! It is said that Gods were presented honey by Egyptian people more than 8000 years ago. The ritual was followed by Romans, Chinese and Greeks. The honey was used by them to cure high fevers and to heal the wounds. It was also used against stomach diseases.

Today the supporters of honey call it an immortal substance with powers to cure many diseases like cancer, heart diseases, beneficial for curing ulcers, digestion problem easing, fevers, cough, and healing wounds. But, this article is aimed at finding the health benefits of honey, based on proven researches conducted by different researchers and health experts.  We will start by looking at the honey nutrients and what honey is.

What is Honey?

Honey is a sweet substance with thick viscous formation. This sugary substance is produced by honey bees using the floral secretions. The honey is stored by honeybees in the was structures called honeycomb. Of various kinds of honey, APIs honey is the most popular and acclaimed as the most beneficial one. The production of Apis honey is done on a commercial basis and larger scales worldwide.

The nutrients of honey mainly involve glucose and fructose. The sweet taste of honey is because of monosaccharides fructose as glucose.  It contains almost no proteins and fats. But, there are present traces of many minerals and vitamins. The nutritional value of honey is high, with 46 calories in a 15 ml tablespoon, and 12 g is the sugar as maltose, fructose, glucose, and sucrose. But, it is still better than the calories of sugar.

Health Benefits of Honey

There are several benefits of honey for the health of the human body. We have listed a few of them with research evidence.

Antibacterial Benefits of Honey

Honey is used for healing wounds, and skin burns very often. The effectiveness of the honey is due to its antibacterial properties. The antibacterial properties of honey are unquestionable, but many research studies have proven its benefits against different strains of bacterial microbes. These microbes include Salmonella, E.Coli, digestive bacteria responsible for ulcers, and staph. Among different types of honey, Malaysian honey(Tualang) and New Zealand’s honey type( Manuka), when combined, gives the best result against the peptic ulcer causing microbes.

 

The antibacterial function of honey is due to hydrogen peroxide deposited by honeybees in honey. Hence the acidic properties make it a natural antibacterial substance. Modern science has shown that honey is beneficial for treating ulcers and wounds which remain unaffected by antibiotics. But, as a precaution, make sure that the applied honey is free of any contaminating substance. Some studies have also suggested that darker honey is more reliable for gastric problems and antibacterial properties.

Curing Sore Throat and Cold

A study was conducted to check the effect of honey on nightly cough and sleep quality in children. 139 children were observed, and it was found that a 2.5 ml dose of honey before sleep alleviates the night coughing of children. And these results are better than those of any cough suppressant. But everything needs to be regulated carefully. Honey should be given to children who are above the age of 1 year and no younger than that.

Honey is Beneficial for Cholesterol

The higher levels of LDL cholesterol leads to the risk of heart diseases and heart attacks. The bad LDL cholesterol causes the fat to build up in the arteries leading to blockages and heart diseases. Whereas many research studies have shown that using honey improves cholesterol levels.  The honey encourages the production of good cholesterol in the body and decreases bad cholesterol levels.

Benefits of Honey for Wounds and Burns

Honey is beneficial for skin as well as the wounds and burns. This practice has been going on for thousands of years. Many research studies have suggested that a thick burn cures 5-6 days earlier than standard ointment if honey is applied to it. Whereas the benefits of honey for deep wounds cannot be claimed conclusively. But, the use of honey for minor wounds has been proven by various researches.

Other Benefits of Honey

Many other benefits of honey have been employed for different diseases, but there is insufficient evidence for those diseases. These diseases are:

1.       Cancer- No firm evidence of honey has been found for treating cancer. Yet, it is beneficial for the after-effects of chemotherapy.

2.       It has been beneficial for cell battery ingestion to avoid injury risk and adverse effects before battery removal.

3.       In some cases, honey has also shown benefits for the treatment of some seasonal allergies like pollen.

4.       Furthermore, it is a set rule that honey is better than sugar. As the major portion of calories in honey is fructose and no evidence has been found of weight gain due to fructose.

Final Words

If honey is taken in reasonable quantities in diet, you can reap the benefits of honey. In the case of excessive dosages or using it with other drugs may result in reaction or adverse effects. Special care should be taken while treating infants with honey. Eating a mix of all the healthy options will give you the most benefits.

 Written by:

Kainat Idrees

Health Analyst (Writer)

This is only one knowledge-sharing effort from our side. It is recommended to consult your doctor before using it.

 

 

 

 

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