Honey is far more than a natural sweetener. It is a “functional food”, which means it is a natural food with health benefits. It contains natural antioxidants, enzymes and minerals including iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and selenium.
Vitamins found in honey include vitamin B6, vitamin A1, vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, folic acid, niacin. Honey has been used to cure infertility in men and women.
It cures arthritis pain, cholesterol, hair fall and gastric problems. It also clears stomach ulcers and helps digest the heaviest meals. The most common use of honey is to cure cold and sore throat.
Health Benefits of Honey:1.Sweetener: Sugar can be substituted with honey in many food and drinks. Honey contains about 69% glucose and fructose, enabling it to be used as a sweetener that is better for your overall health than normal white sugar.
2.Antibacterial and Antifungal Properties: Honey has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, so it is often used as a natural antiseptic in traditional medicines.
3.Antioxidants: Honey contains nutraceuticals, which are very effective for the removal of free radicals from the body. As a result, our body immunity is improved against many conditions, even potentially fatal ones like cancer or heart disease.
4.Prevent Cancer and Heart Disease: Honey contains flavonoids, antioxidants which help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease.
5.Weight Loss: Honey is a natural sweetener that contains 22 amino acids including a variety of minerals, which are important for metabolism and therefore helpful in preventing obesity
6.Fights Allergies: Honey contains floral flavonoids. When it is ingested, they immediately increase the antioxidant levels within the cells of the body and decrease the capillary permeability and fragility. Honey has also shown anti-cancer and anti-tumor properties preventing the risks of cancer in humans.
7.Reduce Cough & Throat Irritation: Honey helps with coughs, In a study of 110 children, a single dose of honey helps in relieving nocturnal cough and allowing proper sleep.
8.Heal Wounds & Burns: External application of honey has been shown to be as effective as conventional treatment with silver sulfadiazine. It is speculated that the drying effect of the simple sugars and honey’s antibacterial nature combine to create this effect.
9.Skin Conditioner: Its anti-bacterial qualities are particularly useful for the skin, and, when used with the other ingredients can also be moisturizing and nourishing.
10.Improves Stamina: Ancient Olympic athletes would eat honey and dried figs to enhance their performance. This has now been verified with modern studies, showing that it is superior in maintaining glycogen levels and improving recovery time than other sweeteners.
11.Other Benefits: Boots memory, Reduces cholesterols, Builds stamina, Reduces risk of cancer & heart diseases.