Since ancient times honey has been used as food and medicine both. Honey is a delicious secretion produced by bees from the flower nectar. Honey is the most commonly used sweetener with infinite health benefits. Many cultures all around the world use it to serve as traditional medicines for curing diseases, particularly in Ayurveda. It is primarily used for consumption or as an ingredient in cookies, juices, and desserts, etc.
There are hundreds of various types (flavor) of honey, like clover, manuka, and acacia depending on the varieties of flowers from which the nectar is collected.
Honey can be used in raw/ natural and pasteurized/ purified forms. Fresh honey is collected straight from the hive and bottled up thus it contains small quantities of pollen, yeast, and wax. On the other hand, purified honey is heated so the impurities can be eliminated from it.
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WHY IS HONEY CONSUMPTION BENEFICIAL?
Honey is the sweetest and delicious liquid-like gold nectar of nature. Honey has various benefits and micro bacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties from increasing immunity to cough treatment and skin and hair care and many more…
Here are some of the incredible advantages of Honey, which everyone should know about:
Instead of sugar and other artificial sweeteners, we should use honey in our tea and other baked goods because it has natural sugar in it which helps in physical performance and protects from exercise fatigue because the Glucose present in honey work as an energy booster, while the Fructose supply preserved energy to the body.
Because of the antimicrobial effects of honey, it helps in soothing the sore throat and helps with dry and wet cough both and also destroys some bacteria which trigger this kind of infection. Honey is known as the best home remedy, and it is recommended for treating throat-related issues because it tends to alleviate nocturnal cough issues in babies.
Honey is beneficial for sleeping issues. It is stated in research that if a person is having a sleeping problem then he/she should take honey with warm milk before going to sleep. This formula is used from an early age because honey releases a neurotransmitter (serotonin) which improves the mood and converts it into melatonin which is responsible for quality and length of sleep. So if you ever had a problem during sleeping then you can apply this formula.
Heals Wounds, Bruises, and Burns:
Honey is a natural first aid for wounds and cuts. Honey has antiseptic properties that help in healing wounds and slow down the growth of bacteria and keeps the external wound/cuts from infection. Honey has anti-inflammatory effects also which helps in reducing pain, swelling, etc.
Honey has anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties which help in combating against infections that are caused by bacteria, fungus, and viruses and keeps free radicals at bay which can cause some serious issues. It also boosts immunity, that’s why it is also known as a natural immunity booster.
Inhibit heart- Related Diseases:
Honey is a huge source of antioxidants and phenol compounds which helps in reducing problems related to the heart. It also helps in lowering Cholesterol, Type 2 Diabetes, and Triglycerides level which are the main cause of heart problems. Regular intake of honey helps in improving the blood flow in the arteries which is the main cause of blood clotting that is responsible for stroke and heart attacks.
Helps in Losing Weight:
Everybody knows that honey is very beneficial for overall health, but very few will know that it can be very useful for weight management. Yes, research has confirmed that consuming honey before sleeping can help in reducing weight and also helps in controlling the appetite. Taking honey in the morning with lukewarm water with an empty stomach helps in increasing metabolism, burn fat, and reduces weight faster.
Helps in Digestion Problems:
Honey is also used to treat digestive problems like diarrhea but it is very effective in the treatment of ulcers caused by Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacteria. Honey is also a powerful prebiotic, which helps in nourishing the good bacteria’s which are very helpful for digestion and other body health.
Taking honey every day is also very beneficial which helps in reducing Gastroesophageal reflex diseases which are the main causes of inflammation, heartburn, and acid reflux.
For Flawless Skin:
Honey is also known for its ultra-moisturizing and nourishing qualities. It is a natural moisturizer, especially for dry skin. In winters it is also used for cracked lips and some people use it as a face mask for glowing skin. Honey is mainly used for treating acne, black spots, wrinkles, fine lines, etc. it also helps in reducing the aging process.
Honey also helps in protecting skin from skin infections like Eczema which causes red skin, itching, and flaky skin.
Helps in Strengthening hairs:
Honey is also used for treating hair related problems; mainly dandruff. Washing hairs with honey and lukewarm water can help in reducing dandruff from hairs and also helps in moisturizing the hairs and makes them smooth and silky.