Honey is a natural product that is widely used for its therapeutic effects since ancient times. It has been reported to contain about 200 substances, primarily fructose and glucose. But honey also contains the building blocks of life: amino acids, vitamins, minerals and enzymes.
Although the composition of honey varies depending on the plants on which the bee feeds, almost all natural honey contains the following beneficial compounds:
Most of those compound works together to provide a synergistic antioxidant effect. They have been reported to exhibit anticarcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, antiatherogenic, antithrombotic, immune modulating and analgesic activities, among other functions.
In this article, we'll take a closer look at the health benefits of one of the most important natural products - honey. We will examine how honey is used for different medicinal purposes, AND how you can use it to benefit your physical health. At the end, we welcome you to ask us any questions via the comments section and we'll do our best to respond personally and promptly.
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Honey has multiple benefits for the body.
First, honey feeds the body.
At 17 grams of carbohydrates and 64 calories per tablespoon, as cited by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Nutrient Database, honey makes an excellent source of all-natural energy that is superior to other conventional sources.
Second, honey heals the body.
One of the most remarkable discoveries, in fact, is the antibacterial activity of honey. Natural honey exhibits antibactericidal activity against many organisms including Salmonella, Shigella, Escherichia coli, Helicobacter pylori, etc. In addition to antibacterial and antifungal effects, natural honey has showed antiviral, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory effects.
Third, honey protects the body.
Studies have shown that taking one spoon of honey on a daily basis can raise levels of health-promoting antioxidants in the body. Antioxidants help block free radicals in the body that cause disease. One type of antioxidants found in honey called polyphenols have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. In addition to polyphenols, honey contains the disease-fighting antioxidant flavonoids: pinocembrin, pinostrobin and chrysin.
WHAT THE DOCTORS SAY...
"Studies have shown that a daily dose of raw honey raises levels of health-promoting antioxidants in the body. Antioxidants help block free radicals in the body that cause disease. It also boosts the immune system, acting as a preventative against any number of debilitating diseases. Honey contains polyphenols, which are powerful antioxidants that have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer."
Dr. Josh Axe DNM, DC, CNS
"The idea of honey as immunotherapy is vastly under researched, so skeptics often cite a single study from 2002 [linkto: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11868925] as proof that it doesn't work. But there are some apparent flaws in the research, one being that the pollen content of the honey wasn't tested. So it's unclear whether the honey was a good match for the participants.
A more recent, well-executed study shows promising results: A group of Finnish researchers studied a group of 44 people with a birch pollen allergy. Those who received birch-pollen-laced honey had significantly better control of their symptoms than those who received no honey, and took fewer antihistamines than those who received regular honey."
Dr. Tasneem Bhatia MD (Dr. Taz)
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Cinnamon mixed with honey has been known to help many different health conditions, including arthritis, cholesterol, bladder infection, indigestion, heart disease, influenza, skin infections, and even cancer.
Turmeric and honey provide an abundance of nutrients and make this mix one of the best healers of certain health problems. Turmeric contains many active ingredients which have biological effect to human body, and when mixed with honey can promote wound healing, improve digestion, heal stomach ulcer, strengthen ligaments, protect kidneys, heal liver disease, treat asthma and even aid in the prevention of cancer and Alzheimer's disease.
Ginger and honey mixed together make a healthy blend that works wonders for the body. Some of the health benefits include treating and reducing the effects of asthma, and a relief of cough, cold, sore throat and runny nose. Ginger and honey stimulate antioxidant enzymes that reduce cancer growth and metastasis, but have also been linked to reducing nausea and vomiting linked to chemotherapy.
There is some current research to suggest that honey may be useful in minimizing seasonal allergies. After all, honey has anti-inflammatory effects and is known to soothe coughs. A 2007 study from Penn State College of Medicine found that honey 'beats' the cough suppressant, dextromethorphan (DM), at alleviating and reducing the frequency of cough. One placebo-controlled study which included 36 people with ocular allergies, found that participants responded better to treatment with honey compared to placebo.
2. Ulcers and gastrointestinal tract disorders.
For those who suffer from indigestion, the antiseptic properties of honey relieve acidity in the stomach and alleviate digestion. Honey also neutralizes gas, and can soothe your upset stomach. In addition to this, honey contains huge amounts of friendly bacteria. This includes up to four species of bifido bacteria and six species of lactobacilli which makes it a great probiotic.
3. Heart disease.
Honey taken together with cinnamon has been shown to revitalize the arteries and veins of the heart and may reduce blood cholesterol levels for up to 10%. When taken on a regular basis, the mix of honey and cinnamon may reduce the risk of heart attacks and may prevent people who have already suffered one to experience another heart attack.
4. Immune system.
Raw, organic honey is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and enzymes which protect the body from bacteria and boost the immune system. Cold and flu symptoms, such as coughs, sore throats, and congestion are also kept at bay when treated with honey.
5. Brain boost.
Honey is considered to be the ultimate brain-food. But, its benefits become even more beneficial as we approach retirement. Research has shown that taking one spoon of honey a day may help women in their postmenopausal period to maintain sharp memory. Another study has concluded that honey and its properties can act as natural preventive therapy for cognitive decline and dementia.
Need some more reasons to love honey?
One of the best things about raw honey is that you can be sure of its pureness and effectiveness. How come? You can expect that your raw honey may have been strained to remove any impurities such as dead bees, legs, wings, hunks of beeswax. But, raw honey is never filtered or pasteurized. This ensures the preservation of all its good properties.
In fact, "raw" honey cannot be heated above 95 degrees Fahrenheit (or 35 degrees Celsius), which is the normal temperature of the bee hive.
Buying raw, organic honey also helps you be confident that all of the following strict rules have been followed to make sure you get the best, most natural product:
So, at the end, the benefits of raw honey surpass those of physical benefits for human health and extend to include the wellbeing of honeybees, other animals, and the whole ecosystem.
In this article, we covered the basic info about the benefits of honey to the body. To end, we suggest that you should always consult your doctor before taking honey or any dietary supplement.
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