Published October 09 2012
Health benefits of honeyHoney is the oldest sweet known to man, and it’s been used for everything from paying taxes to making mead, according to “The Buzz On Honey.”
The health benefits of honey come from a substance it releases, which stimulates the process of cell repair and jumpstarts the body’s immune response.
Honey has been used for:
- A topical antibiotic: Honey naturally contains 18 amino acids, plus small amounts of many vitamins and minerals.
- Better athletic performance: Many athletes rely on carbohydrates for an energy boost during intense training. Studies have shown that the glucose found in honey, plus other natural sugars, can provide the same boost to athletes.
- Improved sleep and relaxation: Honey can promote relaxation and help ease you to sleep at night. The natural sugar found in honey raises insulin slightly and allows tryptophan, the compound famous for making people sleepy after eating turkey at Thanksgiving, to enter the brain more easily. Taking a spoonful of honey before bed can help you get restful sleep.
- Fewer allergies: Taking a high-quality raw local honey for two months before allergy season can lessen allergies. Bees carry the pollen that aggravates seasonal allergies, and some of that pollen becomes part of the honey. Consuming honey daily before allergy season can help the body grow accustomed to the pollen and immunize the body against it.
- Healing cuts and scrapes: Honey has antibacterial properties that prevent infection in minor abrasions. Plus, its thickness will protect against bacteria and dirt entering a wound. Simply dab a little honey onto a cut and cover with a bandage.
Source: “The Dr. Oz Show” website.