Honey is one of nature’s most magical products. It is one of the many reasons why bees are essential to our planet. Not only do these little buzzy busy bees help to pollinate our flowers, helping with photosynthesis and the creation of oxygen – as well as beauty and lovely scents – on our planet, but they create honey. Honey is something that we all need in our diets for a variety of reasons. Let’s take a look at some of the amazing benefits of honey to show you just how important the bees are to our day to day life.
Slows Down the Aging Process
Honey keeps us young. This is why you can go to department stores and purchase queen bee jelly, to smear all over your face. However, you don’t necessarily have to become a large sticky mess in order to enjoy these anti-aging properties. Simple eating honey can already be incredibly beneficial.
Part of the aging process is related to the slow depletion of enzymes in the body. Raw honey is one of the few foods to help slow the depletion of enzymes through the ingestion of amylase. Amylase is the enzyme that breaks down sugars and carbohydrates. It can restore damaged skin to give a softer, younger look.
Helps You Recover From Coughs and Colds
When you have a cough or nasty cold, it seems as if everything bad congregates in your throat. It hurts to cough and speak, your voice becomes raspy, swallowing is unpleasant and your breath may start to smell. By consuming honey, however, all of this can be alleviated rapidly.
Honey helps with coughs, particularly buckwheat honey. In a study of 110 children, a single dose of buckwheat honey was just as effective as a single dose of dextromethorphan in relieving nocturnal cough and allowing proper sleep.
Besides this, it will lubricate your throat, making it feel better and because it has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, it will also make your breath smell better.
It Cures Hangovers
Forget all those nasty drinks we were told to drink to cure a hangover including tomato juice, Tabasco and raw eggs. They don’t work. What does work to cure a hangover, however, is honey.
When you get a hangover from drinking too much alcohol, combat its effects by applying honey remedy. Honey is gentle on the stomach and contains a mix of natural sugars such fructose which is known to speed up the oxidation of alcohol by the liver, acting as a ‘sobering’ agent. Follow this recipe: 15ml of liquid honey with 80ml of orange juice and 70ml of natural yogurt. Blend them together until smooth.
Best of all, the above recipe is a whole lot tastier than tomato juice, Tabasco and raw eggs!
Honey Gives Energy and Heals Wounds
For years, people believed that honey gave them energy and that it also helped them heal their wounds. This was never proven to be true and many thought it was more the placebo effect than anything else. However, scientists have started to take note and it now seems that people were right all along.
Primarily honey has been used as an energy source, but recent research has examined the use of honey as an ergogenic aid (a food or ingredient that helps an athlete’s performance) and wound healing agent.
Did you know that during the very first Olympics, athletes already consumed honey to help their performance?
These are but a few of the many benefits that honey can give you. One of the best ones is that locally produced honey is the cure for hay fever as well. This is because it will contain the pollen that you are allergic to.