Benefits of honey also known as “golden liquid” are really countless. As sweet as its name this full of benefits “honey” is the only sugary syrup considered “divine” in almost every religion. The mythical liquid honey has known to bear great powers that are beyond imagination.
We have heard and read enough that honey is created by the saliva of honey bees who feed on the nectar of different flowers and convert it into honey. The Internet tells a long story of honey making anyway that how Bees swallow, digest and regurgitate nectar to make honey which contains almost 600 compounds. You can simply refer to Wikipedia for more scientific and logical explanation to this saliva thing.
In our religion Islam, our prophet (P.B.U.H) said that “honey is a cure for everything except death”. He must have said this because of unlimited benefits of honey. Talking about “honey cures everything” it all depends on use also.
We may not have got that much-advanced technology and knowledge to find every possible cure for mankind that honey can do but still honey has enough benefits to rank it in top charts.
Honey is no doubt temptation for all honey lovers.
The heavenly liquid is produced by different types of bees and hence vary in colors from shades of dull yellow to bright brown. The physical properties of honey depend on the proportion of water, types of flora that bee used to make honey, temperature and different types of sugary components present in it.
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Nutritional value of Honey:
100 grams of honey contains approx. more than 300 calories. It also contains vitamins, carbohydrates, and different minerals.
The sugars in honey are fructose, glucose, maltose, and sucrose. It contains small traces of dietary fiber also.
Honey is low in fats and proteins.
Benefits of Honey:
Honey itself is a complete package. However, the benefits must be told to confirm its significance and here we are with the list of benefits that honey offers.
1. Prevents cancers:
Although there is no scientific backup for the theory that honey actually cures cancer but researchers have found that it can aid in healing after chemotherapy and other cancer treatments. The flavonoids and antioxidants in honey reduce the risk of cancer in human body.
Being antibacterial is an important benefit of honey. When bee makes honey it adds a specific enzyme in it which makes hydrogen peroxide. This makes all type of honey anti-bacterial. Due to this property, honey is used in many medicines too.
3. Reduce a cough and throat irritation:
We all must have experienced this in our childhood that mom gave us honey mixed with black pepper when we had a cough and cold. Yes, honey is found effective against a cough and it treats cold and cough especially in children.
4. Effective against ulcers and gastrointestinal disorders:
Another benefit of honey is that due to its antibacterial and antifungal properties it is found effective against stomach ulcer and bacterial gastroenteritis.
5. Keeps the body in balance:
Well, this full of benefits honey when mixed with other herbs create magic potions that can cure many diseases like diarrhea, urinary tract disorders, bronchial asthma, improves eyesight and aids in Weight loss.
Since honey has a quality to reach the deepest tissues of the body so when added with other herbs or medicine it improves their effectiveness as well.
Honey is overall considered to affect all the imbalances of body positively.
6. Stabilize Blood sugar level:
The glycemic index of honey ranges from 31_78 depending upon types of honey. Some types of honey have a low hypoglycemic index.
Although honey is a sugary liquid itself but it is different from that common white sugar and exact proportions of different sugars in it actually help in keeping body sugar level in control.
7. Heals wounds and scars:
Honey has antibacterial properties that make it beneficial for direct application on wounds and scars. This golden liquid has natural healing properties.
8. Strengthen immune system:
Honey is considered very useful and some researchers have shown that it strengthens your immune system as well.
9. Power pack:
Yes, one other major benefit of honey is that it is “power pack”. Nowadays some athletes use honey as a source of energy and honey is found more effective than other sugar taken.
10. Used in desserts and shakes:
Due to its sweet taste honey can be added to many desserts and shakes. It is also considered ideal for baking and food presentation.
Honey contains up to 6 species of lactobacilli and 4 species of bifid bacteria. These friendly bacteria make honey probiotic.
12. Beneficial for skin and hair:
One of the most attractive benefits of honey is that it is great for skin and hair too. It makes your skin Bright and glowing. It not only heals up scars and wounds on your skin but also lightens the marks making your skin fairer than before.
Talking about the benefits of honey for skin we will add up one other benefit also which is hydration. Yes. Honey keeps your skin hydrated and adds a golden glow to your complexion.
Its antibacterial properties make it wonderful for the use against acne and pimples.
Honey makes your hair soft and shiny. It not only removes dandruff but also treat different scalp issues. It removes dullness and dryness from hair and removes split ends also.
Honey can be added in different face and hair packs to increase its effectiveness.
And hey don’t forget this magical benefit of honey
13. It makes your angry wife happy:
Yeah, trust us. Just only say “honey” to your wife and see the magic. 😛
Who should not take honey?
Although honey has a lot of benefits. But still it is not recommended for everyone to eat honey. Especially children. Some honey may contain bacteria which are not suitable for children.
People with sensitive stomach are also not recommended to eat honey.
People with weak immune system are also not recommended to eat honey because of the risk of bacterial or fungal infections. Honey is safe generally but it may show adverse effects with your existing disease or drugs you are taking.
This gift of nature if preserved right never ever withers. It can remain safe for thousands of years. Honey is considered as the omen of luck and positivity in some religions also.