All about pure honey and its power to help and cure even chronic diseases
Pure honey is the raw, golden liquid that bees produce from the flower nectar of plants. In contrast to honey from the supermarket, it is neither filtered nor pasteurized. Because the natural honey is not heated, all healthy components are preserved.
It is important to differentiate between good beekeeping honey and your local supermarket’s own-brand-cheap-honey. The latter is nothing more than sugar mass and has little in common with real beekeeping honey.
Honey – unlimited shelf life
Archaeologists found a pot of honey in an ancient Egyptian tomb dating back to 3000 BC. Incredible, but true: the honey contained in it was not spoiled and even edible after chemical and sensory analysis.
This makes honey the longest-lasting food ever! Fun fact: So the best-before date that you usually find on the glasses refers more to the glass and not the contents, right?
What is pure honey?
Pure honey is made from the nectar and honeydew of a single plant. Reasons to obtain this type of honey are aromatic or health-related: Because with some medicinal plants, valuable ingredients are enriched in honey.
A good example is linden honey, which has proven itself as a home remedy for fever and colds.
Also, eucalyptus honey, which not only tastes fabulous but is good for the respiratory tract.
Or Manuka honey, which bears the label “natural medicine” rather than “food”. We’ll talk more about this type of honey in the article in the link below.
But now to the actual topic: Why is honey so healthy?
How healthy is honey?
Below you will find a small list of the most important effects. It’s getting serious: what can honey do?
1. Weight loss and blood sugar control
Studies have shown that raw honey, when it replaces industrial sugar, leads to weight loss and can lower blood sugar. You can also help to reduce your triglycerides with the golden sweetener.
This point is particularly interesting for diabetics. Honey also appears to reduce appetite. So it is a natural way to prevent obesity.
2. Helps against allergies
The bee pollen in honey has a strong effect against infections, can strengthen the immune system and help against allergies, including food allergies. So not just something for health lovers, but also for allergy sufferers!
But how does it work? We call the process behind it immunotherapy or desensitization:
When you eat raw honey, you take in the same pollen that would otherwise trigger your allergy. If you eat the honey, again and again, your immune system can fight off the pathogen better and you no longer have any allergies. However, this only works with natural, unprocessed honey, which still contains the pollen.
3. It is a natural energy source
Honey consists of approximately 80% sugar, 18% water, 2% minerals, vitamins, pollen and proteins. That means that honey is the perfect source of energy for athletes and very active people.
One study showed that honey is one of the best carbohydrate sources for athletes before and after training.
If you don’t want to do without a pre-workout drink, use raw honey to start your training full of energy. Even after a sweaty session, it is worth eating a spoonful of ‘golden candy’.
Raw honey contains a variety of antioxidants, including polyphenols. These help your immune system and protect you from too many free radicals. This is why raw honey can help you fight almost any disease.
5. Improves sleep quality
Natural honey allows you to replenish your liver glycogen before going to bed. This prevents you from waking up at night because your blood sugar drops too much.
The sugar in honey also causes a slight increase in insulin in the brain. This releases tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin. The happiness hormone makes you joyful and is then broken down into the sleep hormone melatonin, which allows you to fall asleep peacefully.
If you can’t fall asleep, I recommend mixing a teaspoon of raw honey with a glass of warm water and some apple cider vinegar. This sleeping drink helps you guaranteed.
6. Wound healing
Honey has been used as a natural remedy for wounds for many years. For example, dressings with raw honey can help against burns and ulcers. The antibacterial effect explains this in honey.
7. Protection from diabetes
Honey is effective in protecting against diabetes. In combination with cinnamon and ginger, you get a very tasty mixture that optimally regulates your blood sugar and also protects you from acne and/or gingivitis.
Compared to industrial sugar or agave syrup, you should prefer raw honey as a sweet alternative. Not only does it taste better, but it is also much healthier. In combination with cinnamon, you have nothing to fear from diabetes and related chronic illnesses.C
8. Goodbye cough
It has been shown that natural honey works just as well as pharmaceutical cough syrups. Just take 1-2 teaspoons of honey before bed and look forward to waking up much healthier.
In addition to these primary health effects, honey has many other advantages that promote both your health and your general well-being.
Everyone likes the sweet, aromatic taste of pure honey and appreciates the work that bees spend on it. Did you know that honey is one of the most popular foods with the highest per capita consumption worldwide?
Unfortunately, the honey that you find in most supermarkets these days has nothing in common with the natural, healthy food that it used to be.
To find out more about individual honey types, reasons for usage and application forms, continue reading here:
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