Honey is a natural substance made by bees using nectar from flowers. It is mainly composed of fructose, glucose, sucrose and water. It is also composed of 80% carbohydrate, 18% water and 2% vitamins, minerals, amino acids.
It has health benefits that are known since ancient times.
I will try to list them and enlighten you by giving you a brief explanation of them.
First of all, honey is a source of antioxidants especially by its presence of flavonoids, which interact in the neutralization of free radicals to prevent the onset of cardiovascular diseases, but also of certain cancers.
Moreover, studies have also shown that honey consumption provide protection against breast cancer and it is precisely thanks to its high flavonoid concentration. One thing you need to know is that the more your honey is dark the more it contains flavonoids.
With its antioxidants, honey has a protective effect on the heart.
There are a wide variety of honey coming from numerous flowers that bees visit and each has its own virtues to the body.
Honey also has a probiotic effect. This means that it plays a role in the balance of intestinal microflora improving its growth, activity and vitality.
Moreover, because of its low pH, honey has an antibacterial but also an antifungal effect. It is also alkalizing which helps to fight against the acidity of the stomach, such as in ulcer cases.
With its antibacterial effect, it has a wonderful healing effect. That is why it is often used in medicine. In this case, we talk about medical honey produced in special conditions and packaged specifically for the medical community.
Another fact that few people know, is that honey is beneficial in case of alcohol consumption. The study shows that if you simultaneously consume honey and alcohol, honey increases the elimination rate of ethanol in the blood. And that is thanks to its virtues.
Did you know that honey can’t expire? If it crystallizes, you have to simply plunge it into hot water and it takes its normal texture again.
Nevertheless honey also has a dark side. As it is a sugar, it should be consumed in moderation.
It also has spores that can cause botulism cases (rare but severe enough to give paralysis) in young children. That is why it is recommended not to give honey to children under one year old.
Honey consumption helps strengthen the immune system and fight against cough and sore throat.
Honey has an anti-inflammatory effect. Studies suggest that it is effective against seasonal allergies. If people with hay fever consume it in small doses every day that might help them control their allergic symptoms. Simply because honey contains small amounts of pollen which might create antibodies.
Honey consumption helps the digestion of a heavy meals.
Did you know that his power is enhanced when combined with various natural substances?
Firstly, if you combine honey with cinnamon, it reduces the level of cholesterol in the blood. Secondly, this combination can fight against acne, arthritis and reduce fatigue. Or if you combine it with lemon, it allows proper digestion and elimination of body’s fat.