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Honey Is a Superfood

Updated on July 5, 2017

Honey: A Tasty Superfood

Honey, a sweet liquid that has been used by people in many parts of the world over more than 25 centuries, is produced and stored by certain social hymenopteran insects known as bees.

Honey Is a Sustainable Natural Food

Bees make this sustainable natural food using nectar from flowers. These wonderful insects first convert the nectar into honey by a process of regurgitation and evaporation. Then they store the same as a primary food source in honeycombs inside their beehive. Human beings harvest honey from these hives.

The bee collects honey from flowers in such a way as to do the least damage or destruction to them, and he leaves them whole, undamaged and fresh, just as he found them.

— Saint Francis de Sales

What Is Honey Composed Of?

Composed primarily of water and sugar (mainly fructose and glucose), as well as fructooligosaccharide (a naturally occurring fructan sugar used as a prebiotic in petfoods), honey contains vitamins and minerals like calcium, magnesium and potassium.

Honey Is Nature's Pharmacy

This nutrition-rich tasty superfood is definitely more than just a sweet treat. It is a natural remedy for many diseases. It is nature's pharmacy. You may have a jar of honey in your kitchen cabinet, but here are some reasons why you need to stash a second pot in your medicine cabinet.

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Bees Give Us Honey

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Minerals in Honey

Mineral
One Cup ( ~ 339 g)
Calcium
20.3 mg
Iron
1.4 mg
Magnesium
6.8 mg
Phosphorus
13.6 mg
Potassium
176 mg
Sodium
13.6 mg
Zinc
0.7 mg
Copper
0.1 mg
Manganese
0.3 mg
Selenium
2.7 mcg
Fluoride
23.7 mcg
Source: http://www.benefits-of-honey.com/honey-nutrition.html

Honey Has Powerful Medicinal Uses

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Honey Is a Superfood With Enormous Health Benefits

When used in moderation, this superlative healing food promotes excellent health. Here are seven health benefits of this natural sweetener.

Fights Heart Disease

A study of 25 men aged between 18 and 68 indicated that consuming a mixture of honey and water improves antioxidant levels in the blood. The study, which was led by Dr Nicki Engeseth, was conducted at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, USA. These antioxidants keep your heart protected. Honey also prevents narrowing of arteries.

Prevents Cancer

Many experts are of the opinion that honey is a powerful anti-cancer agent. Flavonoids and phenolic acids in honey prevent cancer. Tualang honey destroys cancer cells by inducing programmed cell death; it does not harm healthy cells.

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Used to Treat Ulcer

Honey is used to treat stomach ulcers caused by infection due to Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacteria. It destroys many harmful bacteria that cause ulcers. This superfood is an immensely effective natural remedy against mouth ulcer, foot ulcer and various other ulcers.

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Honey and Gastrointestinal Problems

Honey is effective against gastrointestinal conditions and many digestion related problems like constipation.

Provides Relief From Cough and Throat Irritation

Honey is a time-honored remedy for cough and throat irritation. In fact this wonderful superfood is more effective against cough than many over-the-counter medicines.

Children with upper respiratory tract infections who drank 1.5 teaspoons of eucalyptus, citrus or labiatae honey half an hour before going to bed in the night experienced more cough relief and slept better than sick kids who received a placebo, says a 2012 study in Pediatrics.

Heals Wounds and Burns

The healing aspects of honey go back thousands of years, when Egyptians used it topically to treat wounds. Honey is effective against wounds, abrasions, bed sores, cracked nipples and burns because it expedites the healing process.

Honey destroys bacteria that cause infections. Because of its antibacterial properties, this superfood helps clean wounds, reduce inflammation and promote new tissue growth, according to a 2017 study. You may apply honey directly to the affected area.

Cures Fungal Infections

Hydrogen peroxide in honey cures fungal infections. Hydrogen peroxide is well-known for its anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties.

Many Experts Tag Honey as a Superfood

Good for the Skin

Honey has boundless benefits for your skin. As far back as the ancient Egyptians, honey was hailed a skin-healing ingredient, and Cleopatra is known to have mixed honey and milk to make face masks. Now, as more and more people look to include natural ingredients in their skincare arsenal, honey is is becoming more and more popular.

Honey Has Antimicrobial Properties

Honey’s superpower is its antimicrobial properties. “Have you ever noticed how honey never grows mould or goes off, even if it’s forgotten for years at the back of a cupboard?

This is because of its slightly acidic, antimicrobial properties. The enzymes in honey release the natural acne-bacteria-blasters: flavonoids, hydrogen peroxide and phenolic acid, which makes it very clarifying,” Alexia Inge, cofounder of Cult Beauty, explained.

The enzymes in honey release the natural acne-bacteria-blasters: flavonoids, hydrogen peroxide and phenolic acid, which makes it very clarifying.

— Alexia Inge, cofounder of Cult Beauty

Honey Nourishes the Skin

It is not just acne-prone skin that can enjoy the benefits; honey is suitable for all skin types. Along with its antimicrobial properties, it offers a hefty serving of antioxidants that accelerate healing of the skin.

“Manuka honey in particular supports skin’s natural immunity, reinforces the skin barrier, and helps protect skin from damage and environmental factors,” commented Dr. Geoffrey Genesky, scientific director at Kiehl’s. While this is beneficial regardless of skin type, those who suffer with sensitivity or skin conditions such as eczema or rosacea may see a particular improvement.

Manuka honey in particular supports skin’s natural immunity, reinforces the skin barrier, and helps protect skin from damage and environmental factors.

— Dr. Geoffrey Genesky, scientific director at Kiehl’s

Honey Promotes Mental Health

A research study conducted in 2011 and published in Menopause suggests that around three teaspoons of tualang honey a day could improve the memory of postmenopausal women.

After 16 weeks, the short-term memory of participants had improved just as much as that of those who had received estrogen and progestin therapy.

Helps You Get Good Quality Sleep

Consuming one teaspoon of raw honey before your bedtime releases glycogen in the liver and melatonin, the hormone needed for recovery and rebuilding of body tissues during rest.

Summary

  • Honey is nutrition-rich tasty superfood.
  • Honey cures many diseases.
  • Honey heals wounds and burns.
  • One cup of honey (~339 g) contains 176 mg of potassium.
  • Honey prevents cancer.

Today, many people swarm to honey for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Holistic practitioners consider it one of nature's best all-around remedies.

— WebMD

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      Srikanth R 5 months ago

      Welcome.

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      Ksenija 5 months ago from Novo mesto, Slovenia

      Honey is really a superfood and healthy, but it has to be raw. Overheated looses it's healing properties. Good for heart, put also a bit of lemon juice in the water, drink before going to sleep. Thank you for the article.