The beneficial effects of honey in the human body

Bees honey is one of the healthiest foods for human consumption and is well known for its beneficial effects on the body.

Being consumed worldwide for thousands of years, honey is a viscous, sweet liquid produced by bees for nourishment. Honey is widely used in nutrition, cosmetics and natural medicine.

Honey can be classified according to:

Provenience:

  • Flower honey – or floral honey, being made by processing nectar and pollen from flowers;
  • Honey – or extra floral honey, or forest honey is made from other substances that come from plants such as pine, spruce, oak.

Depending on the flowers from which the nectar was collected:

  1. Poly flower honey;
  2. Acacia honey;
  3. Lime honey;
  4. Colza honey;
  5. Manuka honey;
  6. Tualang honey.

Depending on the extraction mode:

  1. Extraction of honeycomb pieces;
  2. Free flow from honeycomb;
  3. Extract by centrifugation;
  4. Honeycomb pressing;
  5. Melting the honeycombs.

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The nutritional value of honey

Honey is a food with various nutrients, being suitable for all categories of consumers, from children to the elderly.

100 grams of honey contains: 300 calories, 82 g of carbohydrate, 0.3 g of protein, 52 mg of potassium, 6 mg of calcium, 2 mg of magnesium, 0.5 mg of vitamin C, 4 mg Sodium, 0.4 mg of Iron.

The medical benefits of honey

Honey has antibacterial and anti fungal properties fighting infections in the body.

Honey help to heal wounds and ulcers, fighting the proliferation of bacteria and accelerating the process of tissue recovery.

Due to the fact that honey is a good emollient, it helps to relieve sore throat and dry cough.

Honey increase the endurance of athletes, representing an energy source that does not induce hypoglycemia, being recommended for consumption just before training.

Tualang honey helps regulate blood glucose, helping to fight diabetes.

Honey strengthen the immune system and help alleviate the symptoms of seasonal allergies. Honey stimulates the production of antibodies, contributing to the prevention of diseases of any type and at the same time helping the body to fight against pathogenic microorganisms.

Due to beneficial microorganisms, honey contributes in improving the health of the digestive system. Probiotics present in honey help to balance the intestinal flora and maintain optimal intestinal transit.

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The cosmetic benefits of honey

Honey helps treat skin conditions, such as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. Also, honey help to cleanse the skin, improve acne and prevent wrinkles.

Honey can be applied directly to the skin, its dense and smooth texture contributing to the hydration, elasticity and shine of the skin.

Honey can be used with maximum efficiency in the care of dry skin due to the moisturizing effect (the property of honey to attract and keep moisture).

Honey is recommended for people with oily skin, because it can deeply hydrate and maintain the elasticity of the skin without drying it.

Honey protects against sun exposure and aging due to the antioxidant elements present in it. Antioxidants repair, restructure and heal in depth, acting at the cellular level generating a multitude of beneficial effects.

What is the optimal consumption of honey?

Although honey is a natural product and beneficial to the body, there are contraindications that must be observed regarding this product.

Excess honey is not recommended because it leads to increased blood sugar and diabetes.

Honey is a contraindicated product for people suffering from gastritis, gastric ulcer or hormonal disorders. Also, honey is prohibited in the case of people allergic to pollen, because it leads to severe allergies and anaphylactic shock.

For adults, the recommended dose of honey is maximum 3-4 teaspoons a day. As for the consumption of honey at children, it is gradually introduced into nutrition. In older children cases, the recommended consumption is 2-3 teaspoons of honey per day.

In babies younger than one year of age it is not recommended to use honey because there is a risk of contacting Clostridium Botulinum, honey can contain the spores of this bacterium and can lead to disease.

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