Raw honey offers numerous benefits and it has been long used as a natural sweetener. An average American eats a pound of honey each year, over 150 pounds of refined sugar and 62 pounds of high fructose corn syrup per year. See the difference? Honey is much better than refined sugar and provides multiple benefits when consumed regularly.
Honey is also an excellent product when it comes to losing weight. Nutritionists suggest that you eliminate sugars from your food, but this doesn’t include honey. Sugar in honey has a different composition from sugars contained in other sweeteners. It stimulates metabolism which is of great help in the struggle against excess weight.
There’s zero cholesterol in honey. Nutrients in honey lower cholesterol levels, and help your body fight with elevated cholesterol levels.
Buy locally produced honey to build immunity to the environment you live in. When flying from one flower to another, bees collect pollen spores, and transfer them to their honey.
According to Dr. Matthew Brennecke, a board certified naturopathic doctor in Fort Collins, Colorado, honey should be considered a natural vaccine. The tiny amount of pollen in honey triggers an immune response that stimulates the production of antibodies to pollen. These antibodies build up over time, and you get used to their presence.
A study involving patients with birch pollen allergy had their symptoms reduced by 60 percent after consuming honey during birch pollen season.
Kansas City Royals’ sports dietitian Mitzi Dulan, RD, CSSD, uses honey to get energy in the afternoon.
Honey contains natural sugars, antioxidants, enzymes, minerals, vitamins and amino acids. It’s the perfect afternoon snack, which is why sports dietitians suggest that athletes use honey more often.
Add tablespoon of honey to a glass of water and drink it. This is one of the easiest ways to use honey.
Antioxidants in honey prevent cellular damage and loss in the brain which is of great help for women in post-menopause. A 2011 study published in Menopause confirmed that a tablespoon of Malasyan honey improves memory in post-menopausal women.
Another study conducted at the University of Babylon, College of Medicine, Iraq, found that honey can prevent cognitive decline and dementia, and improve the cholinergic system and circulation in the brain.
4. Wounds and burns
Thanks to its antimicrobial effect, honey can aid in the treatment of wounds and burns. Honey acts as a natural antibiotic.
A study published in the British Journal of Surgery found that topical application of honey is of great help for those dealing with wounds and leg ulcers.
Soothe persistent coughs with a couple of teaspoons of honey. A 2012 study published in the journal Pediatrics, found that honey can bring relief to children (1-5) suffering from a nighttime cough caused by colds.
Honey coats the throat and triggers nerve endings to protect it from coughs. Researchers say it’s as effective as dextromethorphan.
Combine ¼ cup fresh ginger root, ¼ cup marshmallow root, a tablespoon of cinnamon and a quart of water to a pot. Bring the mixture to a boil, and turn the heat on low. Simmer until the liquid is reduced by half. strain, and let it cool a bit. Add a cup of honey and a tablespoon of lemon juice to your warm syrup, and transfer it into an airtight container. Keep it in your fridge.
Honey breaks down alcohol and neutralizes toxins. UK Popular Science writer and chemistry academic Dr. John Emsley explains that natural fructose in honey helps the body to metabolize alcohol quicker. Your body uses fructose to turn the acetaldehyde into acetic acid, and burns it up naturally.
According to Dr. Merle Diamond, a physician and the president and managing director of Chicago’s Diamond Headache Clinic, you should consume honey before a night out to prevent headache.
Tomato juice is also beneficial in this case, but honey works much better.
Honey elevates insulin and triggers serotonin (the happy hormone). The body turns serotonin in melatonin, a chemical compound that regulates the quality of your sleep.
Tryptophan in honey enters the brain, and the body turns it into serotonin and melatonin.
8. Skin complexion
Apply honey on clean face to clear your skin complexion. It helps in the treatment of acne and other skin issues. Dilute it with water and wash your face. Dab some honey on your pimples, and cover with Band-Aid. Remove and rinse after 30 minutes.
Antioxidants in honey cleanse the body of toxins, and its antibacterial effect will give you a healthy skin complexion.
9. Scalp and dandruff
A study released in the Journal of Medical Research found that diluted honey relieves the itch and the scaling within a week. Apply it three hours before rinsing your hair. This may also help in those struggling with hair loss.
Honey is efficient in the removing of dandruff due to its antibacterial and antifungal effect.