6 Surprising Benefits of Honey

Honey is the most popular and widely used as food, medicine and sweetener from the ancient times with surprising health benefits. You must remember that raw honey is intact of its nutritional value, unlike the processed honey.

What is raw Honey?

Raw Honey is pure, unfiltered and unpasteurized product from bees, produced after digesting the nectar from flowers.

6 Benefits of Honey

Suppress Coughs

Raw Honey is effective in suppressing coughs, better than the commercial cough syrups. Honey acts as a demulcent1)a substance that relieves irritation of the mucous membranes in the mouth by forming a protective film., and provides relief from coughing. Scientific studies show that a single dose of honey can reduce mucus secretion and coughs.2)http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22419319

2 teaspoons of honey before bed eases coughing and helps you to sleep.

Honey Improves Your Cholesterol Profile

Studies have shown that that honey benefits patients with high cholesterol concentrations. 75 grams of honey with 250ml of water for 15 days lowered their low density lipoprotein (LDL) and raised the level of high density lipoprotein (HDL) or good cholesterol.3)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19627212.

Honey for Moisturizing Skin

Raw Honey is full of antioxidants, a perfect natural ingredient to protect skin from aging and wrinkles. The sugar molecules traps water, while Honey forms a thin film sealing water and increases moisture. Most of the skin care products contains Honey as it unclogs pores and restores dry skin. Acts as a natural antiseptic and used in treatment of wounds and cuts.

Honey Reduces Inflammation and Acne

Honey due to it’s anti-microbial properties, has been used for thousands of years to heal wounds and burns. Honey is anti-septic, and prevents the growth of bacteria in your skin pores, anti-inflammatory properties of Honey prevents swelling and redness because of acne. To treat acne, mix equal parts of Honey and Nutmeg powder, apply it on the pimples and wash it after 20 mins.

Treat a Burn Using Honey

Burns often caused by heat, fire, hot liquids or steam often penetrates below the skin’s epidermal layer and causes swelling and pain, Burned skin gets easily infected as there is no effective barrier to protect from micro organisms. Honey is effective for severe burns, it is soothing, anti-septic and healing, however one must know that raw honey must be used instead of processed honey4)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2935806/.

Honey Maintains Blood Sugar Level

Honey contains simple sugars, but it is not the same as white sugar or artificial sweeteners. It is a combination of fructose and glucose, studies have shown that Honey increased and maintained blood glucose levels effectively than Sucrose or maltodextrin, patients with hypoglycemia can also use honey to boost glucose levels5)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25226738.

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References   [ + ]

1.a substance that relieves irritation of the mucous membranes in the mouth by forming a protective film.
2.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22419319
3.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19627212
4.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2935806/
5.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25226738

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