Published on Sep 21, 2013, by Zaur Man
For centuries, honey has been used for everything from sweetening foods and drinks to treating and healing our bodies. You get benefits from honey only when it is used natural – which means raw and in pure, organic form – straight from the hive. Raw honey simply tastes better and is more potent.
Honey is considered one of nature’s purest foods. It’s a natural antioxidant, contains 22 amino acids, 27 minerals and 5,000 enzymes. Organic honey can help keep you healthy by boosting the immune system, fighting disease and treating a wide range of health problems from coughs and colds to digestion problems, arthritis and allergies.
Other health benefits that come from using raw organic honey is a very sweet list:
Anty-Cancer activities of Raw Honey
Honey is known for centuries for its medicinal and health-promoting properties. It contains various kinds of phytochemicals with high phenolic and flavonoid content which contribute to its high antioxidant activity. Agent that has strong antioxidant property may have the potential to prevent the development of cancer as free radicals and oxidative stress play a significant role in inducing the formation of cancers. Phytochemicals available in honey could be narrowed down into phenolic acids and polyphenols. Variants of polyphenols in honey were reported to have antiproliferative property against several types of cancer.
Though honey has more calories than sugar, honey when consumed with warm water helps in digesting the fat stored in your body. Similarly honey and lemon juice and honey and cinnamon help in reducing weight. Read more about benefits of honey in weight loss.
The latest theory based on the hibernation diet also builds a link between fructose-rich honey and weight loss. It suggests taking a generous spoonful or two of honey at night, either as a warm drink or straight from the jar, and promises to help us sleep and lose weight at the same time by fueling the liver, speeding up fat-burning metabolism and easing stress hormones. And if you are considering artificial sugar or sweetener like Aspartame to help you lose weight, you are putting yourself completely on the wrong track. It might get you off from a few calories but it gives you a bunch of other serious health problems.
Improving Athletic Performance
Recent research has shown that honey is an excellent ergogenic aid and helps in boosting the performance of athletes. Honey facilitates in maintaining blood sugar levels, muscle recuperation and glycogen restoration after a workout.
Source of Vitamins and Minerals
Honey contains a variety of vitamins and minerals. The type of vitamins and minerals and their quantity depends on the type of flowers used for apiculture. Commonly, honey contains Vitamin C, Calcium and Iron. Check for the vitamin and mineral content in sugar from any source, you will find it to be either nil or miniscule.
Antibacterial and Antifungal Properties
Honey has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and hence it can be used as a natural antiseptic.
Honey contains nutraceuticals, which are effective in removing free radicals from our body. As a result, our body immunity is improved.
Processed or fake honey is harmful for your health.