5 Incredible Health Benefits of Honey
Is honey good for you? There’s a lot of information out there on the various natural properties of honey, and about honey as a natural remedy for all sorts of ailments, from coughs and colds to burns.
We’ve pulled together the 5 most common health benefits of honey to help you understand that mysterious jar of liquid gold in your kitchen cupboard. Read on to discover the truth about honey as a natural remedy…
Honey is Naturally Antibacterial
Honey’s reputation for healing these days mainly comes from its antibacterial qualities. Though this was only proven in the 1800s, in old folk medicine honey was applied topically to treat ulcers, burns, and skin wounds. In fact, honey has been used to heal cuts and burns since ancient Egypt. Patients would also take it orally as a natural remedy for gastric problems!
The antibacterial quality of honey depends on how and when the honey is harvested. Some types of honey can be 100 times more potent than others! It’s the hydrogen peroxide in most honey that gives it its antibacterial value, while the major antibacterial component in manuka honey is methylglyoxal.
Honey as a Remedy for Seasonal Allergies
Honey’s anti-inflammatory effects and ability to soothe coughs and colds had led to the belief that honey can reduce symptoms of seasonal allergies.
Though it’s not yet been proven, the theory states that exposing the body to small amounts of pollen in honey provokes the body to produce antibodies to the pollen. After repeated exposure, the hope is that the body should become accustomed to their presence so that less histamine is released, resulting in fewer sniffles, sneezes, and all the other unpleasant effects of hayfever.
Honey is a Healthier Alternative to Sugar
Though honey does contain sugar, generally it’s better to use honey as a natural sweetener than refined sugar, which is 100% empty calories.
Generally, 1 tablespoon of honey contains around 64 calories, 17 grams of sugar (including fructose, glucose, maltose, and sucrose), and trace amounts of vitamins and minerals. But where honey shines is in its bioactive plant compounds and antioxidants. Much better than empty calories!
Honey is a Natural Remedy for Coughs and Colds
It might be seen as an old wives’ tale, but honey’s anti-inflammatory action makes honey a natural remedy for coughs and sore throats in adults.
The World Health Organization recommends honey as a treatment for coughs and sore throats, officially stating that no reason exists to believe it is less effective than a commercial remedy.
Honey’s Great for Taste Buds, too!
One thing’s certain, honey is good for your taste buds! Honey comes in lots of different flavours, from the rich, bitter taste of manuka honey to the spicy notes of our Mexican honey. Which is your favourite?
There you have it – 5 amazing health benefits of honey. Who knew it was such an effective natural remedy? We’re not medical practitioners, so we’d always suggest consulting your family doctor before trying any of these home remedies.
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