Honey contains ‘a hidden treasure’ with nutritional and medicinal value for centuries. One tablespoon of pure honey contains 64 calories, including fat, cholesterol and sodium. The composition of honey is 80% carbohydrates, 18% water and 2% vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Here are some benefits of honey:
Prevent cancer and heart disease
Honey contains flavonoids, an antioxidant that helps reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. Many studies showed a positive effect of honey for people with hypertension.
In a study of 110 children, a dose of honey is as effective as a dose of Dextromethorphan in relieving cough at night. Another study was conducted on 270 children from 1 to 5 years old with nighttime coughs due to colds. They were given two teaspoons of honey 30 minutes before bedtime. The result is coughing is less often, less severe, and the children were less likely to suffer from insomnia because of coughing than those who do not use honey.
Honey is antibacterial and antifungal which helps treat wounds or ulcers
Honey has antibacterial, antifungal funtion and contains antioxidants to stimulate antibodies against the activities of harmful microorganisms, thereby helps very much in wound treatment. Moreover, honey contains hydrogen peroxide that has disinfection effect.Researchers found that honey can ‘kill’ more than 250 types of bacteria. For more information, a study conducted on patients with wounds and leg ulcers with 80% failure in conventional treatment. These people when treated with unprocessed honey has recovered significantly.
Natural beauty method
Anti-bacterial substance in honey is especially useful for the skin. When used with other ingredients, honey has moisturizing effect and skin care. You can make natural mask from honey and lemon for cleaner and brighter skin.
Good for blood
Anemia or iron deficiency occurs when there is insufficient in iron absorption. The ability of blood to transport oxygen is affected, resulting in fatigue, suffocating, depression and other problems. Honey increases the oxygen carrying capacity of blood, then help you feel better.
Honey helps reduce constipation, flatulence. For that reason, it can be considered as mild laxative. Honey is rich in beneficial bacteria for the digestive tract that help promote digestion as well as increasing the health of the immune system and reducing allergies.
Honey contains small amounts of vitamins and minerals, including niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus , potassium and zinc. By using honey instead of sugar, you an provide more nutrients for your body.
However, it is advised not to use honey for babies under 12 months old. Spores of the bacterium called clostridium botulinum can contaminate honey and produce a toxin inside the body causing muscle weakness and lead to suffocating or even worse poisoning.