Health Benefits of Honey

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  1. strongarm

    strongarm VIP Member

    Nov 12, 2010
    Health Benefits of Honey

    Natural honey has been used by mankind since the past 2,500 years, all over the world. While the numerous health benefits of honey have made it an important aspect of traditional medicines such as Ayurveda, scientists are also researching the benefits of honey in modern medicine, especially in healing wounds.

    Known as Honig in German, Miele in Italian, Shahad in Hindi, Miel in French, Miel in Spanish, Mel in Portuguese, мед in Russian, Honing in Dutch, and μελι in Greek, there is hardly any region in the world where honey is not cherished.

    What makes honey so popular? It is the ease with which it can be consumed. One can eat honey directly, put it on bread like a jam, mix it with juice or any drink instead of sugar, or mix it with warm water, lime juice, cinnamon and other herbs to make a medicine. It is savored by all due to its taste as well as health benefits.

    The health benefits of honey include the following:

    Sweetener: Sugar can be substituted with honey in many food and drinks. Honey contains about 69% glucose and fructose enabling it to be used as a sweetener.

    Energy Source: Honey is also used by many as a source of energy as it provides about 64 calories per tablespoon. One tablespoon of sugar will give you about 50 calories. Further the sugars in honey can be easily converted into glucose by even the most sensitive stomachs. Hence it is very easy to digest honey.

    Weight Loss: Though honey has more calories than sugar, honey when consumed with warm water helps in digesting the fat stored in your body. Similarly honey and lemon juice and honey and cinnamon help in reducing weight.

    Improving Athletic Performance: Recent research has shown that honey is an excellent ergogenic aid and helps in boosting the performance of athletes. Honey facilitates in maintaining blood sugar levels, muscle recuperation and glycogen restoration after a workout.

    Source of Vitamins and Minerals: Honey contains a variety of vitamins and minerals. The vitamin and mineral content of honey depends on the type of flowers used for apiculture.

    Antibacterial and Antifungal Properties: Honey has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and hence it can be used as a natural antiseptic.

    Antioxidants: Honey contains nutraceuticals, which are effective in removing free radicals from our body. As a result, our body immunity is improved.

    Skin Care with Milk and Honey: Milk and honey are often served together as both these ingredients help in getting a smooth soothing skin. Hence consuming milk and honey daily in the morning is a common practice in many countries.

    Honey in Wound Management
    Significant research is being carried out to study the benefits of honey in treating wounds. Nursing Standard provides some of these benefits in the document - The benefits of honey in wound management. These have been given below:

    Honey possesses antimicrobial properties.
    It helps in promoting autolytic debridement.
    It deodorizes malodorous wounds.
    It speeds up the healing process by stimulating wound tissues.
    It helps in initiating the healing process in dormant wounds.
    Honey also helps in promoting moist wound healing.
    The healing powers of honey are not hyped. The Waikato Honey Research Unit provides details about the world-wide research that is being carried out on the benefits of honey in medicine. Further, BBC reported in July, 2006 that doctors at the Christie Hospital in Didsbury, Manchester are planning to use honey for faster recovery of cancer patients after surgery. Such research will provide scientific evidence to the so-called beliefs held by honey lovers all over the world and help in propagating benefits of honey to more people.

    Now that you know the benefits of honey, how do you eat it? You can eat it raw, add it it in water and different beverages and you can add it in several recipes also.

    - author unknown
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  2. Lizard King

    Lizard King Administrator Staff Member

    Sep 9, 2010
    Some reason I just can't take the taste or smell of honey anymore, blach
  3. hugerobb

    hugerobb VIP Strength Advisor

    Sep 15, 2010
    I use honey alot had no idea it did all that thanks for the post
  4. Rein

    Rein MuscleHead

    Sep 10, 2010
    I love honey and i eat lots of it! :D
  5. Ashley Bennet

    Ashley Bennet New Member

    Aug 23, 2016
    I am a crazy of honey so I know that honey has lots of health benefits that sometimes we might not know about from weight loss to speeding up wound healing.
    Now, I am using honey to weight loss. Way I use honey is to consume the mixture of honey and warm water or lemon juice :)
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  6. OldManStrength

    OldManStrength VIP Member

    Apr 8, 2015
    I replaced our sugar with honey years ago, LK you would be shit out of luck at my place...
  7. Mike_RN

    Mike_RN Senior Moderators Staff Member

    Aug 13, 2013
    I use local honey from a bee-keeper nearby to help with seasonal allergies. Since using it (about 5rys now) I can make it through pollen season without anything but the occasional squirt of Afrin.
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  8. Rider

    Rider TID Board Of Directors

    Aug 27, 2010

    Great read!
  9. 5.0

    5.0 VIP Member

    Nov 3, 2012
    I was just reading this is a good source of glucose and id like to give it a try next time I go hypo, glucose tabs add up when I'm downing a tube at a time. Is there any one superior manufacturer ?
  10. Mike_RN

    Mike_RN Senior Moderators Staff Member

    Aug 13, 2013
    1) Local Raw is the best.
    2) Raw commercial is 2nd
    3) Pasteurized Multi-sourced 3rd.

    Local raw (if you can get it) has the best Seasonal Allergy fighting effects. Raw commercial has some benefits for allergies but since the pollens that it's made from are not's not gonna cover your local allergens. Any store brand is usually gonna be pasteurized and "multi-sourced". Meaning it comes from bees in many countries mainly South America. Not bad for you mind you just less benefits than raw and raw/local.

    It's a mix of Glucose and Fructose so it'll replenish liver stores and handle going hypo at the same time.
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  11. 5.0

    5.0 VIP Member

    Nov 3, 2012
    Thanks Mike!
  12. BackAtIt

    BackAtIt MuscleHead

    Oct 3, 2016
    Good info!....

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