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Friday, 15 April 2016

Healing Effects of Honey – A natural Antibiotic

Honey is sometimes called liquid gold by those who know its special and numerous healing benefits. This natural health food has for centuries been regarded as a natural wonder food produced by the bees, while at the same time so many have not fully been aware of the numerous health and nutritional benefits contained in this liquid that is capable of healing your entire body. Honey is not only used as food, it is also used as medicine in many ways and by people of different cultures the world over.

Natural honey

Right from the times of the Egyptians i.e. for centuries, honey has been highly valued for its antibacterial as well as antifungal properties. The sweet food from the beehives is a treasure chest of natural goodies which some have come to recognise as an ancient luxury food. Scientific studies show that just a tablespoonful of raw honey contains 64 calories; it is fat-free, cholesterol-free, and sodium-free. Natural honey is composed of roughly 80 percent carbohydrates, 18 percent water, and two percent vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.

In as much as honey is so good to the taste and your system, it is however not too suitable for infants; according to Mayo Clinic experts, you should wait for at least when a baby is up to 12 months old before you begin to give them honey. But the consumption of honey is safe for older kids and adults, since they have a mature digestive system that can handle the spores of Clostridium botulinum bacteria contained in raw honey and readily found in dirt and dust which also easily contaminates it.

Honey, both as food and medicine has been found capable of so many benefits to the human system; it is well utilised in traditional medicine and even modern medicine to day. The following tend to just summarise the immense nutritional as well as healing functions derivable from honey.
Honey bees at work

Gives good blood sugar levels                                                                                              Honey is able to regulate insulin in the body and therefore helps to maintain good blood sugar levels. According to Dr. Palep's Medical Research Foundation (an Ayurvedic Medicine Manufacturing company with its presence in many states across India), a study carried out discovered that actually honey is very suitable for even the diabetic person. In a study the foundation states that the “sweetness of Honey is not entirely due to glucose but Fructose. Fructose does not need insulin to get in to cell. Hence up to a maximum of 30 gms can be allowed to provide instant energy to a diabetic. Once intracellular it is metabolised as glucose.”

Healing of wounds                                                                                                                  Honey helps in the healing of wounds acting both internally and externally; due to its antimicrobial contents it is able to stimulate wound tissues and speed up the healing process. It also deodorises malodorous wounds by its antimicrobial and antiseptic nature. A 2005 study published in the British Journal of Surgery found all but one of patients who suffered from wounds and leg ulcers showed remarkable improvement after applying a topical application of honey.
Healthy skin builder                                                                                                           Honey helps in creating smooth and beautiful skin because this natural antibiotic is able to open up the pores thereby making it easy to unblock. Its antibacterial and antioxidant properties makes honey very ideal for the treatment and prevention of acne and other skin infections, as well as acting as an anti-ageing agent.

Immune boosting                                                                                                                 Honey helps in eliminating free radicals from your body through the action of its full load of antioxidants. Thus it is also regarded as a nutraceutical by this same action because it has proven over time to contain highly effective health-promoting or disease-preventing properties. By its natural actions therefore honey no doubt boosts your immune system through resisting many debilitating conditions including even potentially fatal ailments such as cancer and heart disease, etc.

Good source of natural energy                                                                                              Honey is a good source of natural energy; one tablespoonful of honey contains about 64 calories making it a great source of natural energy while same for sugar gives you about 15 calories. The body is easily able to digest honey while the carbohydrate in it easily converts to glucose by even the most sensitive of stomachs.

Honey - the liquid gold

Helps to maintain healthy body weight                                                                                  Honey helps in maintaining a healthy weight. Even though it contains more calories than sugar but when taken with warm water it is able to break down or digest the fat stored in your body. You can also consume honey mixed with lemon juice, or with cinnamon for the purpose of weight reduction.

Strong natural antibacterial agent                                                                                         Honey serves as a natural antibacterial and an anti-fungal food; it has often and for long been used as an antiseptic formula in traditional medicine as a result.

Healthier than sugar                                                                                                           Honey is a natural healthy sweetener and therefore a great substitute for sugar. Honey contains about 69% glucose and fructose which makes it a better sweetener which is also on the overall healthier than normal white sugar.

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