HONEY AND ITS BLESSINGS:
HONEY AND ITS BLESSINGS:
The amazing benefits of Honey include a lowered risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity, an enhanced immune system function, and a longer, healthier life. Simply put, honey has been touted for its concentrated energy, as it is loaded with flavonoids and dozens of other active ingredients that are needed by the body.
For centuries, mankind has survived because of the medicinal benefits of nature’s finest foods that prevent disease or even heal and cure. The Healing Powers of Honey resolves any conflict between folklore and traditional medicine concerning honey by bridging time with facts drawn from a variety of sources.
A POUND OF SWEET RESEARCH:
Though much of the medical and scientific information about honey comes from smaller observational studies completed outside the United States especially in Asia, it is no less valid than results from large research projects accomplished in our backyard under well-controlled studies. A good example is found in discovering the effects of honey on human metabolism. Honey regulates and stabilizes blood sugar. That statement on the surface seems as counterintuitive as eating bacon to control one’s cholesterol. Yet multiple observations have indicated that the consumption of honey on a regular basis actually lowers blood-sugar levels and helps prevent swings in blood sugar throughout the day and during sleep and exercise. The fact that honey, a combination of two simple sugars—both fructose and glucose—is able to regulate and control blood sugar is confirmed by understanding basic human physiology. Both sugars, found in honey in a near equal ratio, are required for the formation of most of the glycogen made and stored in the liver. It is this action following eating honey that is responsible for many of honey’s miraculous health benefits in The Healing Powers of Honey. Other health benefits from honey, from ancient folk medicine to modern miracle, include aiding in the treatment of ailments including digestion, insomnia, coughs, and respiratory diseases, helping improve skin conditions, enhancing sports performance, and much more. Another powerful and therapeutic benefit of honey comes not from its consumption but in its external use. Study after study has shown that honey shows powerful antimicrobial properties. Some honey varietals, such as acacia honey, produced from nectar from the acacia plant in Pakistan have been found to be very effective in treating wounds, although all types of honey are helpful.