Do you think of honey as just a sweetener? Perhaps a healthier alternative to white sugar? Well, it is a good healthy sweetener, but it’s actually much more than just that. Even our pediatrician recommends we give the girls at least three teaspoons of honey a day when they are sick. Honey has many helpful properties, both when digested and when applied topically. You may be very surprised at these 5 Health Benefits of Honey!
5 Health Benefits of Honey
Reduces Allergy Symptoms
Because honey is anti-inflammatory it can help reduce allergy symptoms. It can also help you to become less allergic to seasonal allergens! One of the many benefits of honey is that it contains some pollen. When you ingest it, your body is able to produce antibodies in response to that pollen. Over time, all those antibodies build up and you don’t get as sick from your usual seasonal allergens. This is something we are hoping will help AB who seems to have some outdoor allergies. This is even more likely if you use locally sourced honey, because the pollen will be from local plants. Stop by your local farmers market to stock up on honey – and even try new flavors. The girls love Orange Blossom honey.
Good for Your Brain
Honey is also great for your brain! One of the best benefits of honey is that its antioxidants can help repair damage to brain cells. It also aids your body in absorbing calcium, which is critical to brain function. The result of the help of honey’s antioxidants and calcium assistance is better cognitive functioning, even in old age. Eat a little honey every day and you should see better memory and decision-making over time.
You wouldn’t think that something sweet like honey could have anti-cancer properties, but it does. Honey gains this property from the number of flavonoids it includes. While all high quality honey has helpful anti-cancer fighting abilities, one of the best may be Tualang honey. This kind of honey has been seen to kill cancer cells while leaving healthy cells behind.
Good for Your Skin and Hair
One of the benefits of honey is that it’s great for your skin and hair! Besides using it in food dishes, you can make honey into a face mask, face wash, or even a DIY spot-treatment acne ointment. It helps to clean your skin and make it soft and smooth. You can also make your own honey hair conditioner to get smooth, shiny hair. To get the best results, use a high quality variety of honey.
Did you know that before penicillin, many people used honey to help heal their wounds? It is now believed that honey may be just as powerful as antibiotics, if not more so! The only catch is that you have to use high quality raw honey, not the inexpensive sugary stuff you usually find in the grocery store. Cheap honey can actually be more detrimental than helpful, so make sure to double-check which kind you have before rubbing it over a wound. Raw Manuka honey is possibly one of the best kinds to use for wound healing.
Em always asks for “honey-water” (I add about a teaspoon of honey to water) before bed. I wanted her to drink more water, and adding the honey helped. Much like many super foods, honey provides great health benefits. Do you use honey often?
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