All About Honey

Why is Honey good for you?
Health Benefits

In addition to its reputation as Nature's nutritive sweetener, research also indicates that honey's unique composition provides various therapeutic benefits to mankind.

Honey goes into the blood stream in fifteen minutes, while ordinary sugar, a chemical saccharose, is completely indigestible, absolutely dead and harmful. It takes from 2-4 hours of hard work by the human system to invert and convert this chemical saccharose into simpler digestible form of glucosides, and than assimilate, exhausting the human system. Sugar is a poison, a 100% chemical, one of the 3 killer foods, as Dr. Paul Carlton wrote in his book "The three killer foods"?

Good source of antioxidants It is a living, organic, instant energy building food, an antioxidant containing all the essential minerals necessary for life: seven vitamins of the B complex group, aminoacids and enzymes. It plays a big role in the prevention of cancer as well as heart disease. Has a
low calorie level: Another quality of honey is that, when it is compared with the same amount of sugar, it gives 40% less calories to the body. Although it gives great energy to the body, it does not add weight. Rapidly diffuses through the blood: When accompanied by mild water, honey diffuses into the bloodstream in 7 minutes. Its free sugar molecules make the brain function better since the brain is the largest consumer of sugar, thus, reduces fatigue.
Supports blood formation

Honey provides an important part of the energy needed by the body for blood formation. In addition, it helps in cleansing the blood. It has some positive effects in regulating and facilitating blood circulation. It also functions as a protection against capillary problems and arteriosclerosis. Does not accommodate bacteria: This bactericide (bacteria-killing) property of honey is named "the inhibition effect". Experiments conducted on honey show that its bactericide properties increase twofold when diluted with water.
Digestive System

Honey alleviates the Diarrhea associated with Gastroenteritis (by destroying the Detrimental Bacteria that are implicated in Gastroenteritis) Honey has considerable Laxative effect on the human digestion system which in turn helps in reducing skin problem ie (pimples) and other problems associated with constipation, which become revealed on the skin. Honey also promotes the rehydration of the body and more quickly clears up the diarrhoea and any vomiting and stomach upsets
Immune System

Honey inhibits the growth of many types of Detrimental Bacteria including: Salmonella , Eschericia coli, Shigella, Vibrio cholerae

Honey suppresses Helicobacter pylori (the Detrimental Bacteria that is responsible for many Duodenal Ulcers and Gastric Ulcers) [scientific research - humans: honey consumed daily halted the growth of Helicobacter pylori within 3 days]

The wound healing properties of honey may, however, be its most promising medicinal quality. Honey has been used topically as an antiseptic therapeutic agent for the treatment of ulcers, burns and wounds for centuries. When honey comes into contact with body moisture, the glucose oxidase enzyme introduced to the honey by the bee slowly releases the antiseptic hydrogen peroxide at a sufficient level to be effective against bacteria but not tissue damaging. Not only is honey anti-bacterial, it also draws body fluids and nutrients to the area and so assists cell growth and prevents a scar forming by drying out of the wound. The osmotic action of the honey draws out and provides a film of liquid between the tissues and the dressing, allowing the dressing to be removed painlessly, without tearing of the re-growing cells. There are reports in medical journals of large bed sores, otherwise needing skin grafts, that have healed without scarring after honey treatment.
Keeps Free Radicals at Bay

Daily consumption of honey raises blood levels of protective antioxidant compounds in humans, according to research presented at the 227th meeting of the American Chemical Society in Anaheim , CA , March 28, 2004. Biochemist Heidrun Gross and colleagues from the University of California, Davis, gave 25 study participants each about four tablespoons buckwheat honey daily for 29 days in addition to their regular diets, and drew blood samples at given intervals following honey consumption. A direct link was found between the subjects' honey consumption and the level of polyphenolic antioxidants in their blood.
Improve Athletic Performance

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) Sustaining favorable blood sugar concentrations after endurance training by ingesting carbohydrates before, during and after training is important for maintaining muscle glycogen stores ( glycogen is the form in which sugar is stored in muscle as ready-to-use fuel), so that muscle recuperation is more efficient and the athlete is ready to perform again at their highest level the next day. The best-studied ergogenic aid is carbohydrates because they are necessary for maintaining muscle glycogen stores. For now, honey appears to be just another source of carbohydrates that can help athletes perform at their best, rather than a superior choice over any other carbohydrate.
Honey and Diabetics

The main practical difference in behavior between that of sucrose and the complex sugars in honey is the manner in which the body absorbs them.

Table sugar (sucrose) is absorbed into the body via osmosis. This means that the sugar enters the bloodstream as quickly as it can pass through membranes.

Because of the type of sugars that honey consists of, absorption of honey by the body occurs through a mechanism called "active transport." While something "active " may seem like it should be quicker than the passive mechanism of osmosis, the opposite is true...

Because the sugars in Honey depend upon a carrier to move them across the membrane barrier, they are limited by how much carrier is available. This means that there is less of a "rush" of sugar to the body with honey i.e. ...

  • Less of a stain on the pancreas to suddenly produce large amounts of insulin...
  • Less likelihood of large peaks and valleys in the insulin /sugar curve...
  • Less likelihood of hypoglycemia
Summary : Honey promote healing of :

  • Burns / Wounds / Grazes
  • Sleeplessness
  • Weight reduction
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Poor Digestion
  • Diarrhea
  • Stress
  • Heart Patients
  • Hay Fever
  • Cough