“My son, eat honey, for it is good” — King Solomon – Proverbs: 24:13
Honey is a thick and sweet liquid made by bees from the nectar of flowers. Its benefits have been liberating mankind from various diseases since time immemorial. It is truly an all-in-one formula. Honey must be, thus, an essential food in your daily diet. Here are some of the reasons why honey is considered as a remedy for various diseases.
Relief from Cold and Cough – A persistent cough can easily be remedied with two teaspoons of honey, according to a 2012 study published in the journal Pediatrics. It instantly relieves one from cough, cold and subsequent throat irritation, allowing a sound sleep. You can also drink warm milk and sweeten it with honey.
Alleviates Allergies – Honey’s anti-inflammatory effects and ability to soothe coughs has led to the belief that it can also reduce seasonal allergy symptoms. It contains small amounts of pollen which boosts the immune system that produces antibodies to the pollen.
Prevents Cancer and Heart Diseases – Honey contains flavonoids, antioxidants which help reduce the risk of some cancers (by fighting existing tumours) and heart diseases (by fighting cholesterol).
Reduces Ulcers and other Gastrointestinal Disorders – Recent research has shown that honey treatment may help disorders such as ulcers and bacterial gastroenteritis. It helps soothe acid reflux (GERD). A 2005 study published in the British Journal of Surgery found that patients who suffered from leg ulcers showed remarkable improvement after applying the honey topically.
Anti-bacterial, Anti-Fungal Properties – It can be used as a conventional treatment for wounds and burns by disinfecting wounds and sores (like Herpes breakouts) from major species of bacteria such as methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Thanks to honey’s antibacterial and antifungal properties, it can also treat seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff, which are often caused by an overgrowth of fungus. It also cures acne, eczema and gum diseases.
Blood Sugar Regulation – Honey contains simple sugars but it is not the same as white sugar or artificial sweeteners. The combination of fructose and glucose in honey helps the body regulate blood sugar levels. Some honeys have a low hypoglycamic index, so they don’t jolt your blood sugar.
All-Natural Energy Drink – Honey is an excellent source of all-natural energy at just 17 grams of carbohydrates per tablespoon. This natural unprocessed sugar directly enters the bloodstream and delivers a quick boost of energy. The rise in blood sugar acts as a short-term energy source for your workout, especially in longer endurance exercises. However, it is recommended only when blood sugar levels are low.
Boosts Memory – The sweet nectar is loaded with antioxidants that may help prevent cellular damage and loss within the brain. Honey’s ability to assist the body absorb calcium helps aid brain health.
Sleep and Mood Disorder Treatment – Honey can be a health aid for sleepless nights. Similar to sugar, honey can cause a rise in insulin and release serotonin — a neurotransmitter that improves mood and happiness.