Did you know that honey is not just a sweetener but that it has many health benefits? Read on to learn 9 health benefits of honey.
- It is Probiotic – Some varieties of honey possess large amounts of friendly bacteria. This includes up to 6 species of lactobacilli and 4 species of bifidobacteria. This may explain many of the mysterious therapeutic properties of honey.
- It is anti-bacterial – spread honey on a cut or wound to speed healing and help prevent infection.
- Honey is a humectant – this means it draws moisture to the skin, making it perfect for a DIY face mask.
- Helps prevent cancer and heart disease – Honey contains flavonoids, antioxidants which help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease.
- Enhances Athletic Performance – Athletes use honey to maintain glycogen levels & speed up recovery time.
- It is anti-fungal – Bees add an enzyme to the honey that makes hydrogen peroxide, which is responsible for the long shelf life of honey.
- Reduces ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders – Research shows that honey treatment may help disorders such as ulcers and bacterial gastroenteritis. ( which would likely be due to the antibacterial and anti-fungal properties)
- Soothes a cough & sore throat – Honey has been used for centuries to treat coughs and throat irritations and can be just as effective as cough syrup. Buckwheat honey is the best honey to choose to treat your cough.
- Helps regulate blood sugar – Some honeys have a low hypoglycemic index, so they don’t jolt your blood sugar. FYI – Clover has the highest hypoglycemic index of all the Honeys.