Apart from being one of the oldest sweeteners on earth, the honey comes with a lot of health benefits.
Below are eight of them.
- Relieves cough
It is believed that honey is a natural vaccine to various ailments. According to research, the golden liquid’s thick consistency helps coat the throat while the sweet taste is believed to trigger nerve endings that protect the throat from incessant coughing.
- Prevents cancer and heart disease
Honey is also believed to contain flavonoids and antioxidants which help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart diseases.
- Boosts memory
Like every natural produce, honey boosts the memory. Its ability to help the body absorb calcium aids brain health. Honey is also loaded in antioxidants that may help prevent cellular damage and loss within the brain
- Reduces ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders.
Recent research shows that honey treatment may help disorders such as ulcers and bacterial gastroenteritis. Honey provides soothing relief for the open wound created by the ulcer in the stomach.
- Increases athletic performance.
For athletes or individuals who work out excessively, taking honey can help improve performances and enhance strength. Recent studies revealed that honey is superior in maintaining glycogen levels and improving recovery time than other sweeteners.
- Helps you sleep better
Similar to sugar, honey can cause a rise in insulin and release serotonin, a neurotransmitter that improves mood and happiness, thus, serving as a health aid for sleepless nights.
- Treats dandruff
According to the director of the Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato in New Zealand, Peter Molan, “All honey is antibacterial, because the bees add an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide.” Thanks to these antibacterial and antifungal properties, honey can be used to treat seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff, which are often caused by an overgrowth of fungus.
8 Heals wounds and burns
Honey is a natural antibiotic that can act both internally and externally. External application of honey can be used as a conventional treatment for wounds and burns through disinfection. It is speculated that the drying effect of the simple sugars and honey’s anti-bacterial nature combine to create this effect.