July 11, 2012
Honey Improves Immunity and Relieves Anxiety
For ages, the anti-bacterial properties of honey have been revered and so it is little wonder that it has been used for medicinal purposes all over the world. If you have a sweet tooth but shrink at the empty calories in processed sugar, honey is your savior.
It's not only sweet, but "nutritionally quite promising," says Engeseth, an assistant professor of food chemistry at the University of Illinois.
Her research indicates that honey seems to offer many of the benefits of the fresh fruits and vegetables that nutritionists recommend for a daily diet.
"Honey has been used medically for hundreds of years for various reasons, but no one put any really strong science behind it," Engeseth says. "Honey is often regarded as just a sweetener, but that's not true. There is a lot of work to show that there is more value to it than has been thought."
Even in our day-to-day lives, whether it's a sore throat or a slight burn, we immediately use honey as a quick home remedy. But did you know that this magical product is effective in many other ways too? Here are some alternative ways you can make use of honey.
To relieve anxiety and nervousness: Yes, if you want to reduce or lower your stress levels, you don't necessarily have to depend on medical prescriptions. Add some pure honey in your porridge. The nutrients in honey produce a calming effect, especially when taken in significant amounts. That's the reason why some consider it a part of the breakfast of champions. Honey can also be mixed with a suitable beverage for a good night's sleep!
Acts as an energy booster: Why consume palpitation-inducing energy drinks when you already have honey? You can mix honey with some water and then drink this solution. The glucose content in the honey will be absorbed by the brain and in the bloodstream, which will reduce your body fatigue. This one is simple, yet effective.
reverses antibiotic resistance: Manuka honey could be an efficient way to clear chronically infected wounds and could even help reverse bacterial resistance to antibiotics. Raw, natural honey contains a variety of antioxidants and enzymes, and also has antibacterial properties, which can be effective both internally and externally.
Improves immunity: Though it hasn't been scientifically been proven, daily consumption of honey is said to strengthen your immune system. Drink a teaspoon of honey daily, along with your morning vitamins and see the difference.
Remedy for ulcers in diabetics: While you have a host of products in the market that can cure ulcers, you can speed up the healing process naturally, if you use honey as a topical solution. Its ability to heal wounds will certainly come in handy when other ointments are not advised to use, especially if you suffer from diabetes.
Helps to heal wounds: Honey may reduce healing times in patients suffering mild to moderate burn wounds. A systematic review by Cochrane Researchers concluded that honey might be useful as an alternative to traditional wound dressings in treating burns.
April McCarthy is a community journalist playing an active role reporting and analyzing world events to advance our health and eco-friendly initiatives.