Honey for Good Health
Honey for Good Health
Honey possesses antimicrobial properties. It deodorizes malodorous wounds. It helps in promoting autolytic debridement. It speeds up the healing process by stimulating wound tissues and helps in initiating the healing process in dormant wounds. It also helps in promoting moist wound healing.
Safer than Sugar
There has been a lot said about the negative effects of white sugar on the body. Honey is a great substitute that is as sweet but also safe to consume. Though honey also includes simple sugars in its chemical makeup, it is quite different from white sugar in that it contains about 30% glucose and 40% fructose – two monosaccharide or simple sugars – with 20% other complex sugars. Honey also includes dextrin, a starchy fibre. This combination helps the body regulate blood sugar levels.
Across the globe, our ancestors seemed to be well aware of the many health benefits of honey. Its earliest known use as a medicinal prescription is found in Sumerian clay tablets that may be almost 4000 years old. Honey has always been a very popular culinary delicacy as well as an important medical remedy for many millennia. Significant research is being carried out to study its benefits in the treatment of wounds. The healing powers mentioned above are not overstated. Doctors are planning to use it for faster recovery of cancer patients after surgery. Such research will provide scientific evidence for the beliefs held by honey lovers all over the world and will help in propagating the benefits to more people.
One of the important uses of honey in traditional medicine is as an instant energy booster. As mentioned above, honey contains many different kinds of sugar molecules, especially glucose and fructose. However, unlike white sugar where fructose and glucose are combined as sucrose and require an additional step in the digestive process, in honey, these two sugars are separate. Thus, the glucose acts as an instant energy source.
The United States National Honey Board recommends consumption of honey because it contains many vitamins and minerals in small amounts. A list of these include: niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.
Honey helps reduce constipation, bloating and gas, thanks to it being a mild laxative. Honey is also rich in probiotic or “friendly” bacteria such as bifido bacteria and lactobacilli, which aid in digestion, promote the health of the immune system, and reduce allergies. Using honey in place of table sugar has been found to reduce the toxic effects in the gut of mycotoxins produced by fungi.
Not all of it is created equally, so quality is different, and subsequently, various types don’t necessarily provide the same benefits.
Honey can be contaminated with the pesticides sprayed on crops through one or more of the following ways:
· In many cases, the bees collect nectar and pollen that has been contaminated with pesticides.
· At times, the pesticide is sprayed on the bees directly.
· On some occasions, the pesticide gets sprayed on the bee hives or gets transported to it from the sprayed plants.
· When pesticides are sprayed, part of the amount is accumulated in water on or near the plants.
· When the bees drink this water, they are also contaminated.
· In some cases, when the plants and weeds containing flowers have been sprayed with pesticides, the bees are poisoned with pesticides.
Honey can be eaten raw, added to water or different beverages and it can also be added to several recipes. Both the price and the health benefits of honey are dependent on its quality, so it has become very important for both the manufacturers and consumers to understand the various factors that affect the quality of honey. Some factors affecting the quality of honey include the type of flowers used in the formation of the honeycombs, the blending process, storage conditions and temperature of heating.
· Honey is not very different from white sugar when it comes to diabetics.
· Both products increase the blood sugar level and the same care must be taken by diabetic patients.
· Honeys that is darker in color are considered to have more antioxidants.
· Honey does not rot and can be preserved for long periods of time when sealed properly.