Health Benefits of Honey

December 14, 2017

Health Benefits of Honey

By Dr. Keerthy Sunder

How Does Honey Benefit Your Health?

Honey is the only insect-derived natural product with proven therapeutic, traditional, spiritual, nutritional, cosmetic, and industrial benefits. In addition to having excellent nutritional value, pure honey is a good source of physiologically active natural compounds, such as:

  • Alkaloids
  • Amino Acids
  • Anthraquinone glycosides
  • Cardiac glycosides
  • Enzymes
  • Flavonoids
  • Minerals
  • Organic Acids
  • Polyphenols
  • Proteins
  • Vitamins
  • Water

Here, we get to the bottom of the multiple health benefits of honey, and uncover how you can benefit from one of the oldest sweeteners on Earth. At the end, we welcome you to send us any questions or feedback you might have. We value all of our reader's inquiries and do our best to address all legitimate concerns personally and promptly.


Top 6 Health Benefits of Honey

Whether you eat honey directly from the jar, put it on toast, add it to your cereal, yogurt, milk, or mix it with warm water, tea, lemon juice, cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, and other herbs...you are likely to be harvesting the following health benefits.

1. Honey regulates blood sugar.

Even though honey contains 69% simple sugars - fructose and glucose - it is NOT the same as refined sugar or artificial sweeteners. Its exact 1:1 combination of monosacharides and low hypoglycemic index actually help the body regulate blood sugar levels. NOTE HERE: While honey may be "less bad" than refined sugar for diabetics, it is still something that diabetics should only consume with caution.

2. Honey can help you sleep better.

The scientific reason why honey can aid sleep quality is due to its sweetness. It raises the body's insulin level, which, in turn, releases the neurotransmitter serotonin. Then, serotonin converts to melatonin - a chemical which helps in sound sleep. In addition, honey also contains tryptophan, an amino acid that causes a drowsy, content feeling.

3. Honey reduces the risks for obesity.

Honey may have more calories than sugar, but it helps in digesting body fat, especially when you take honey with warm water, lemon juice, and cinnamon.

4. Honey treats skin infections and improves wound care.

It has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Due to this reason, honey is often used as a natural antiseptic in traditional medicines. Studies have also shown it to be very successful in healing wounds. In July 2007, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of honey-based wound dressings in the United States.

5. Honey lowers the risk of heart disease.

High-quality honeys contain essential antioxidants, including phenols, enzymes, flavonoids and organic acids. Antioxidants have been linked to reduced risk of heart attacks. Several studies have also shown that honey can improve your cholesterol levels - an important risk factor for heart disease. In addition, research studies have linked regular honey consumption with lower triglyceride levels, especially when it is used to replace sugar.

6. Honey enhances the immune system.

Its antioxidants and bacteria-fighting properties also help the body fight against infections caused by viruses, bacteria and fungi. It has been found to stimulate the production of immune cells. And, when consumed daily, honey can be beneficial for boosting immunity in the long run.


Honey Brain Health Benefits

Honey - and especially raw honey - possesses extraordinary nootropic effects. Not only does it increase brain power and memory, but also prevents metabolic stress and helps calm and soothe the brain. All these effects help improve and protect memory in the long run. The natural antioxidants and therapeutic properties in honey also boost the brain's cholinergic system and circulation, warding against cells that cause memory loss. In sum, honey can:

  • Boost circulation to the brain
  • Help calm and soothe the brain
  • Positively affect memory
  • Prevent metabolic stress

How can you multiply the effects of honey?

Here is a honey blend that can help you achieve all that...and more!

honey and brain

The Brain Tune Honey Love blend is unlike any other supplement on the market. It is the life's work of our friend and mentor, Dr. Keerthy Sunder, who synthesized his decades of work as a psychiatrist and OBGYN to create the highest quality line of Brain Tune Nutraceuticals.

The delicious product called Honey Love is made especially with love for your brain health. More specifically, it is made of the following ingredients:

 

  • Organic, wild-sourced turmeric
  • True Ceylon cinnamon
  • Organic ginger powder
  • Raw, wild-sourced thistle honey
  • 100% natural and unprocessed Canadian prairie honey

Dr. Sunder found that this synergistic mix of organic, wild-sourced, and antioxidant ingredients can double or triple the positive benefits for your overall brain function and structure.

WHAT DOCTORS SAY

"Honey is beneficial because it has been used for centuries as a healing tonic and balm in folk medicine. It contains antioxidants that help protect cells. Used topically, honey is effective in wound dressings that are used to treat burns, wounds and infections. The sugar content of honey keeps microorganisms from growing, and glucose oxidase produces hydrogen peroxide that provides direct antibacterial protection. Amazing what bees can do."
- Samantha Heller, RD

"Long before the advent of antibiotics, our ancestors used honey to treat myriad health issues. While doctors have known that honey inhibits bacterial growth since the early 1930s, it was only in the 1970s that its antibacterial nature was revealed to be due to an enzyme bees add during the nectar ripening process. Superbugs continue to evolve resistance to modern antibiotics, making normal wounds difficult to heal. In search for effective alternatives, doctors are rediscovering the benefits of honey."
- Dr. Kirsten Traynor



Which Honey is Good for Health?

Not all honey available on the market is natural and obtained from the wild. Some brands of honey found in stores are highly processed and may even contain additives like corn syrup. So, make sure you choose raw, unfiltered honey for medicinal properties to ensure you are getting the best product that is unadulterated, unheated, unpasteurized, and full of essential nutrients.

Why?

Organic honey production involves strict guidelines that include bees' management, a proper extraction process, and regulated processing temperature to ensure consumer's interests and quality standards.

Honey is considered to be organic when it is not processed, it's all natural, and does not contain any pesticides or environmental pollutants which makes it environment friendly. Because it is not processed, raw honey is likely to contain particles of bee pollen and bits of honeycomb, which adds to the many sought-after health benefits of raw honey.

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Extra Health Benefit: Honey and Cinnamon

Honey Love is an irresistible product that contains certified organic true Ceylon cinnamon, pure and natural wild thistle honey, and raw wild honey from the beautiful Canadian prairies. Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices known and has been enjoyed in combination with honey since its discovery by our ancient ancestors.

In addition to cinnamon, Honey Love also contains organic ginger and wild-sourced turmeric - a mix that has even more powerful medicinal qualities. It is this synergistic mix of raw honeys, organic turmeric, cinnamon, and ginger that delivers an overall health boost to your brain and body.

So, why not treat your mind, body, and taste buds with Doctor Sunder's Honey Love?

You've got nothing to lose and all to gain!


Got Any Questions, Honey?

In this article, we aimed to cover the basics about honey and its benefits for your overall health. We suggest that you always consult your doctor before taking honey or any dietary supplement.

If you have any additional questions, we'd be happy to be of service. Please send us your inquiries via the comments section below and we'll do our best to respond personally and promptly to all legitimate questions.


Reference Sources:
NCBI: Natural honey lowers plasma glucose, C-reactive protein, homocysteine, and blood lipids in healthy, diabetic, and hyperlipidemic subjects: comparison with dextrose and sucrose.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15117561
NCBI: Effects of natural honey on blood glucose and lipid profile in young healthy Pakistani males
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25226738
NCBI: Natural honey and cardiovascular risk factors; effects on blood glucose, cholesterol, triacylglycerole, CRP, and body weight compared with sucrose.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18454257
NCBI: The Potential Role of Honey and its Polyphenols in Preventing Heart Diseases: A Review
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3005390/
NCBI: Honey: its medicinal property and antibacterial activity
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3609166/
NCBI: Honey as a topical treatment for wounds
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25742878
NCBI: A 5.8-kDa component of manuka honey stimulates immune cells via TLR4.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17675558
Hindawi: Neurological Effects of Honey: Current and Future Prospects
https://www.hindawi.com/j



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