Natural honey is an especially healthy food full of properties that has been used as a traditional remedy for many years. At present, science has studied and confirmed its benefits and I have put them together in a small list so you can learn how honey can help you lower cholesterol or triglycerides, among others.
How do You Get Honey?
Honey is a natural product made by bees. During the pollination season, bees leave their hive and travel long distances to collect the best flower nectar, a liquid sugar that plants possess. Back in the hive, the bees work as a team and restlessly to make what we know as honey. For this, each bee digests and regurgitates the collected nectar by mixing it with its own enzymes – in order to change the properties of sugar – and pass it from bee to bee until finally the nectar is transformed into honey.
Next, the bees deposit it in the cells of the honeycombs, which seal with wax to let the honey ripen: this is what indicates that the honey is ready for human consumption. Honey has a normally viscous but also fluid consistency, and its color can range from very light or dark brown depending on the nectar with which it has been made.
10 Healthy Properties of Honey:
1.Contains a Small Amount of Nutrients:
Honey is a natural sweetener and, normally, sweeteners are usually only made up of sugar. In the case of honey, it contains sugars in the form of fructose, sucrose, glucose and maltose, but it also has a certain amount of vitamins and minerals. This amount is very small and in no way covers the daily needs of your body, but honey has other antioxidant substances and bioactive plant compounds that give it special virtues. Depending on the origin of the nectar used to make the honey, it will have different properties and composition, highlighting for its higher quality in terms of benefits the honey of darker color.
2. It is Rich in Antioxidants:
Unpasteurized natural honey has high antioxidant content with phenolic and flavonoid compounds, various enzymes and organic acids, which makes this sweetener a powerful natural antioxidant. The antioxidants are substances found in many foods and in the body whose function is essential to prevent chronic diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. As I have indicated in the previous point, the composition of honey varies according to the origin of the nectar and it has been confirmed that buckwheat honey not only contains many antioxidants, but also increases the antioxidant capacity of the blood.
3. Calm Cough in Children:
Experts recommend giving a spoonful of honey before bedtime to those children between 1 and 5 years of age who have a cough, runny nose or any other symptom of viral upper respiratory infection (cold, for example). Honey as a natural remedy to relieve symptoms caused by the common cold seems to be an effective and safer alternative than drugs designed for this purpose, since the latter usually have side effects in the child.
“According to various studies, the consumption of honey before bed greatly improves cough symptoms that prevent the child and parents from sleeping well”.
However, it is not advisable to give honey to children under one year old due to the risk that they are infected by a bacterium called C. botulinum and develop botulism.
4. Reduce Blood Cholesterol:
Having high cholesterol levels is synonymous with heart disease, such as heart attacks or strokes. And this rich food can also be used to lower blood cholesterol levels. Several studies have confirmed that the regular intake of honey produces a significant improvement in the lipid profile of the person who consumes it. In other words, honey is an effective treatment that reduces “bad” cholesterol and increases “good”:
- Total cholesterol: -3% in people with normal levels and –3% in people with high values.
- LDL cholesterol: -5.8% in people with normal levels and -4.3% in people with high values.
- HDL cholesterol: + 3.3%.
The decrease and regulation of cholesterol levels prevents the onset of heart disease.
5. Regulate the Tension:
Hypertension or high blood pressure is also another risk factor for cardiovascular disease and, according to some studies, honey can help regulate it. I have already indicated that honey is rich in a wide variety of antioxidants with different therapeutic properties, including blood pressure reduction. It has been shown that quercetin and phenethyl ester of caffeic acid present in natural honey can cause a slight decrease in blood pressure
6. It is “Suitable” for Diabetics:
There are indications that honey can improve the lipid profile and other risk factors in diabetic people. However, not all experts agree that this food is very suitable for diabetes patients. Some research has shown that honey can alter blood glucose levels, although not as much as sugar. In conclusion, diabetes sufferers can take honey cautiously and keep track of their blood sugar levels.
7. Decrease Triglyceride Level:
The same studies that have revealed that consuming honey on a regular basis reduces cholesterol, have observed that triglyceride levels also decrease. In a comparative study of the effects of honey and sucrose (sugar) on the body, it was found that the daily intake of honey for 30 days reduced by 19% the level of triglycerides in people with hypertriglyceridemia
8. It is Effective for the Treatment of Wounds and Burns:
Honey also has powerful healing and healing properties when applied to wounds, burns, ulcers or other skin conditions. In the past, our ancestors used it as a natural remedy for wound healing and relief and today experts have confirmed its effectiveness as a topical treatment. In a study carried out with 200 patients with septic wounds (infected with pathogenic germs) it was concluded that honey can be used to heal any infected wound regardless of where in the body it is. Honey has important antimicrobial, regenerating and deodorizing properties and is very effective in cleaning and healing wounds. Likewise, the topical application of honey is especially effective for treating ulcers caused by diabetes and also for other skin diseases such as herpes or hemorrhoids.
9. Protect the Heart:
I have already explained that honey improves numerous risk factors for heart disease through several mechanisms:
- It lowers cholesterol.
- Reduce triglycerides.
- Regulate the tension.
But the antioxidants present in honey also protect your heart in other ways. According to the results of research carried out in this regard, the phenolic antioxidants in honey can prevent and reduce the risk of heart disease thanks to their properties:
Antithrombotic: prevent the formation of blood clots.
- Antiischemic: improve blood flow.
- Antioxidants: inhibit is oxidative stress of cells.
- Vasorerelaxers: relaxes blood vessels.
Regular consumption of honey helps in the dilation of blood vessels, prevents platelet clotting and prevents oxidation of LDL cholesterol.
10. It’s Delicious:
Natural honey has a unique flavor and aroma that makes it a delicacy. You can use it as a sweetener for milk or desserts, but you should not forget that honey is also rich in calories and sugar. Therefore, take care of its consumption and do not abuse it, since ingesting large amounts of honey will not improve your health, but quite the opposite.