Honey has been used in medicine in cultures around the world for thousands of years. It’s many health benefits have led scientists to continue to integrate it into Ayurveda, eastern medicine, and even some western medicinal practices. Here are a few of the numerous health benefits of honey:
Nutritionally, Honey is a contains all the types of sugar: Fructose, Sucrose, Glucose and Maltose. Honey contains virtually no Protein or Fat but is a great source of Carbohydrates. It is not a great source of Vitamins but contains almost all the Trace Minerals with predominantly high levels of Potassium and Folate. Honey also contains all essential and nonessential Amino Acids and enzymes
Though Honey is not rich in Vitamins, it is soaked in bioactive plant compounds and antioxidants. The two main bioactive compounds in Honey are Flavanoids and Polyphenols. These compounds contribute to the antioxidant value of Honey by acting as Antiinflammatory, Antimicrobial and Antiproliferative agents.
Honey and Disease:
Honey has been proven to reduce factors contributing to heart disease and metabolic disorder. It is also an active ingredient in most Traditional and Eastern medical practices for Upper Respiratory Diseases/Infections, specifically in children.
High Cholesterol plays a major role in Atherosclerosis (the build-up of plaque within the arteries) and is a key player in heart disease and strokes. Honey actively lowers LDL cholesterol (the BAD kind of cholesterol) and can drastically increase HDL (The good type of cholesterol that cleans arteries).
Adding honey to tea, or even using honey by itself, is an effective way to suppress coughing, and act as an antimicrobial/antibacterial agent in fighting respiratory infections. Honey helps with the physical symptoms and unlike over the counter medicine, does not have any side effects.
Honey and Wound Healing:
Topical honey treatment goes all the way back to early history with the Ancient Egyptians. Honey is extremely antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial so it is a perfect wound healing agent. Medicinal honey (Manuka) is a great topical treatment for different severity levels of burns and also is beneficial for infected post-surgery wounds. It nourishes the skin to increase new skin cell regeneration while killing all of the necrotic tissue and any outside contaminants.
So there you have it, Honey is an incredibly versatile and interesting compound that tastes delicious and helps nourish our bodies.