Sometimes we underestimate the health benefits that are sitting in our own cupboards! Learn more here about the health benefits of honey and especially for the Over 50 crowd.
Honey is one of nature’s natural sweeteners, but it also has many health benefits you may not be aware of. Honey is loaded with antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that have been used and appreciated since Ancient Egypt. Check out the many health benefits below, and start using more “liquid gold” in your daily routine to reap it’s benefits!
All Natural Energy Drink
Honey is comprised of 80% carbohydrates, so even one teaspoon is a big boost of energy for your body. It’s an all natural form of glucose and fructose, and it’s liquid form means it enters your bloodstream quickly when a much needed energy boost is required! Add it to tea or lemon water for a quick pick me up!
Honey has anti-inflammatory properties and many say it helps to soothe coughs and reduce symptoms of seasonal allergies. There are no clinical studies proving its efficacy, but Dr. Matthew Brennecke, a board certified naturopathic doctor in Fort Collins, Colo. says “A common theory is that honey acts like a natural vaccine.” It contains small amounts of pollen, which if the body is exposed to small amounts of it, it can trigger an immune response that produces antibodies to the pollen. “After repeated exposure, you should build up these antibodies and the body should become accustomed to their presence so that less histamine is released, resulting in a lesser allergic response.”
Honey is full of antioxidants that may help brain cells. A 2011 study published in Menopause found that a daily spoonful of Malaysian honey may boost postmenopausal women’s memory. After four months of taking 20 grams of honey a day, the women were more likely to have better short-term memory than their counterparts who took hormone pills.
The brain also needs calcium in order to process thoughts and make decisions, and honey helps with the absorption of calcium!
Honey’s thick consistency helps to coat the throat and suppresses the trigger to cough. Two tablespoons are said to do the trick! One of the great health benefits of honey!
That’s right! Honey contains many amino acids, including tryptophan which is often associated with turkey – this explains why we get so sleepy after a big Thanksgiving dinner! Honey also helps to release serotonin which is then converted to melatonin, which also helps with a good night’s sleep!
Mix honey with a little warm water and apply to problem areas on the scalp. Leave it on for three hours before rinsing and it is said to help with itching and scaling associated with dandruff.
Treats Wounds and Burns
Honey’s antiseptic and antibacterial properties help heal wounds quickly and naturally when applied topically. A 2005 study published in the British Journal of Surgery found all but one patient who suffered from wounds and leg ulcers showed remarkable improvement after applying a topical application of honey.
Aren’t these amazing health benefits of honey?
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