Health Benefits of Honey
For all the problems people have with bees it’s hard to deny they have their uses. They keep the world green by transporting pollen and, of course, they produce sweet and delicious honey. There are plenty of health benefits of honey. Today we’ll be looking at some of the best.
Regulate Blood Sugar
While honey does have simple sugars and is considered to be high in sugar content, this isn’t the same as white sugar and artificial sweeteners. Honey contains a great mixture of fructose and glucose that helps your body regulate blood sugar levels. There are different kinds of honey; some of which have a low hypoglycemic index. This means that they don’t affect your blood sugar levels much.
Honey is loaded with antioxidants that can be used to keep your cells healthy and prevent cells in the brain from being damaged and destroyed. A study published in 2011 in Menopause found that when postmenopausal women ate just a spoonful of Malaysian honey a day it improved their memory; making honey a alternative therapy for the intellectual decline that comes with the hormonal changes of menopause. Honey also keeps your brain healthy thanks to its ability to help your body absorb calcium, which is needed for your brain to process thoughts and make decisions.
Boosts Energy Levels
Honey makes for a great natural source of energy. One tablespoon of honey contains 17 grams of carbohydrates including fructose and glucose. These unprocessed sugars enter your bloodstream to give you a quick energy boost that can get you through endurance exercises. The downside is that it’s not very effective for building muscle because your body releases less insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) when you have high blood sugar levels.
Red Blood Cell Production
How you take honey can influence the effect that it has. If you combine honey with tepid water and drink it then it can improve your red blood cell count. Red blood cells are used to carry oxygen around the body, which gives you more energy and makes exercise more effective. Improving red blood cell count also improves anemic conditions and iron deficiencies. Thanks to these benefits honey keeps fatigue, anemia, and possibly even depression at bay.
Honey is a great natural cure for treating your colds and coughs. If you have a cough that won’t go away then we suggest having two teaspoons of honey. Feeding a child two teaspoons of honey half an hour before they go to bed it can keep their coughs and colds at bay and help them sleep at night. It’s believed that the reason for this effect is because it triggers nerve endings in the throat to keep incessant coughs at bay. Just be warned that feeding honey to kids could also cause restlessness due to the high sugar content.
There are enough health benefits of honey to justify making it a part of your diet. If you want to get the most out of honey then we recommend organic honey, which is kept free of additives and pesticides that can weaken the health benefits.
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