Benefits of Honey : Honey has been used for 10 to 20 million years now. Its consumption rate increases along as more people get aware of the unlimited benefits that can be obtained from it. Honey is composed of glucose and fructose, and minerals such as magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium chlorine, sulphur, iron and phosphate. Its composition make it special and useful. We will not discuss too much of chemistry here, so we shall move on to our topic i.e. health and beauty benefits of honey, which will be provided with the help of an infographic.
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13. Skin Care:
(a) Skin care with Milk and Honey: Daily consumption of milk and honey help in creating smooth, beautiful skin. You can also take bath. For the bath, add one cup of milk and half a cup of honey. You can also use rose, jasmine and lavender oil with it.
[In History: Cleopatra bathed in milk and honey to keep her youth and beauty.]
(b) It can effectively cure dermatitis and other skin disorders. It can treat damaged skin and regenerate new skin cells.
(c) It can be used as a sunscreen to protect your skin.
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Health Benefits of Honey
14. Natural Sweetener :
Bee’s honey is man’s oldest sweetener. We’re pretty sure that you have read that before. If you haven’t then you should now! It is a good substitute for sugar. It is a healthier sweetener compared to normal white sugar, since it has about 69% glucose and fructose.
15. Blood Sugar Regulation:
It has an exact combination of glucose and fructose which helps our body regulate blood sugar levels.
16. It Has No Growth Of Bacteria (No Expiration Date):
There is no expiration date for honey. Archaeologists found 2000 year old jars of honey in Egyptian tombs and they still tasted delicious! Bacteria cannot grow in honey because of low water activity of 0.6.
17. Fights Bad Breath:
Yes, honey can actually fight bad breath. Small amount of cinnamon and a teaspoon of honey can help you fight chronic bad breath problem.
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18. Boosts Energy :
Honey is a natural source of carbohydrates which can be easily converted into glucose since it is very easy for the body to digest this pure, natural substance. It has about 64 calories per tablespoon. It can work as an energy booster immediately after a workout since it is rapidly absorbed by the body.
19. Beneficial for cough and sore throat:
Due to its antibacterial properties, it is very helpful to cure cough and sore throat.
20. Helps you to sleep better:
Honey has sleep-inducing properties. A glass of milk with a spoonful of honey can help you get better sleep. Studies have shown that it facilitates action of tryptophan in milk, which help people to sleep.
21. Improves immunity:
Honey helps to stimulate antibody production and hence boost the immune system. It also prevents recurrence of infections.
22. Treats mouth ulcers:
It can be used to treat mouth ulcers.
23. Reduce ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders:
Recent research shows that treatment using honey may cure disorders such as ulcers and bacterial gastroenteritis.
24. Helps to treat wounds and burns:
Honey helps to treat wounds and burns because of its anti-inflammatory property. It can fasten the healing process. It also prevents infections because of anti-bacterial properties.
25. Promotes digestion:
Honey stimulates the growth of friendly bacteria in the intestine which aids in digestion.
26. Anti-cancer properties:
Recent studies show that honey has anti-cancer properties. Soon or later it will be used as a supplement in cancer therapy.
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27. Prevent heart disease:
Honey has flavonoids and antioxidants which can help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease.
28. Balance the body elements:
Honey is an ancient medicine in Ayurveda. It has been used by Indians for 4000 years or more and is considered to affect all the body’s primitive elements positively.
29. Helps to Lose Weight:
Consume honey with warm water, it helps in digesting the fat stored in your body. Similarly, honey and lemon juice and honey with cinnamon can also help in reducing weight.
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30. Helps to Fight Obesity :
It helps accelerate metabolism, which in turn helps the body burn more fat.
31. Improve Athletic Performance:
Carbohydrates in honey supply the body with energy, which can boost endurance and reduce muscle fatigue. Honey has exact amount glucose and fructose in form of carbohydrates. The glucose is absorbed quickly by the body and gives an immediate energy boost, because the fructose is absorbed more slowly, thus providing sustained energy. This combo also helps to regulate blood sugar levels.
32. Source of Vitamins and Minerals:
It has a variety of vitamins and minerals. Commonly, Honey has vitamins B1, B2, C, B6, B5 and B3, Calcium and Iron. The measure may vary according to the qualities of the nectar and pollen. Copper, iodine, and zinc also exist in honey in small quantities.
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33. It has Antioxidants:
Honey is loaded with natural antioxidants, which helps to increase our body immunity. It also eases headaches.
Some varieties of honey have large amounts of friendly bacteria. This includes up to 6 species of lactobacilli and 4 species ofbifidobacteria. These ultimately helps in good digestive health.
35. Honey is a “Yogavahi” (Increase power of other ingredients):
According to Ayurveda “Yogavahi is a drug or a drug vehicle which has special affinity to carry and to potentiate the actions of the main drug to which it is additionally mixed. It helps and accelerates the bioavailability of the original drug. The yogavahiagents have certain special biophysical properties viz.vyavayi, vikasi, sara cala and soksma etc.”
(a)Honey and Cinnamon can help cure multiple diseases
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(b) Mixing apple cider vinegar with honey enhances the healing power of apple cider vinegar. – D.C. JARVIS, M.D, Folk Medicine (1958)
(c) Skin care with Milk and Honey: discussed on 13th point
(d) Increase digestion : try tea with honey and lemon.
(e) Consume honey with warm water, it helps in digesting the fat stored in your body.
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36. Reduce Hay fever:
Local Honey can reduce your hay fever symptoms.
“The local honey has very tiny amounts of the pollen found in your area. These tiny amounts of pollen are not enough to trigger the allergic reaction when you ingest the local honey, but they do help your body to build up a tolerance to the pollen.”
37. Reduce harmful effects of Alcohol:
It reduce the toxic effects of hangover. Since the fructose in honey helps the body break down alcohol into harmless by-products. Also its powerful antioxidant properties can neutralize the harmful effects of alcohol.
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Some More Benefits of Honey
38. Honey can help reduce the itch and irritation of mosquito bites.
39. Honey is also anti-fungal hence it can help cure infections like athlete’s foot and jock itch.
40. Honey helps relieve morning sickness.
41. Regular consumption of honey will increase calcium absorption and haemoglobin count helping to fight Anemia.
42. Honey also helps lower total cholesterol while increasing HDL (good) cholesterol.
43. It can be used to treat respiratory tract infections.
44. Honey acts as a sedative and is very useful in bed wetting disorders.
45. Stops hiccups.
46. According to University of Amsterdam raw honey is effective in countering chronic sinusitis.
47. According to ayurveda honey is helpful in curing many diseases and disorders. Other than listed above the list is as follows.
a. Weak eyesight
b. Curing impotence and premature ejaculation
c. Urinary tract disorders
d. Bronchial asthma
e. Worm infestations
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Sources: www.healthmeup.com; www.webmd.com; www.health24.com; www.organicfacts.net; www.naturalbloom.com; www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov; Dr Balukolar, M.D (Ay), R & D, The Himalaya Drug Company.