Over the centuries now, honey has been used in so many different ways as a medicine due to its antibacterial properties. It can be used topically to heal wounds, but in this article, we will present you all of the reasons why eating honey is beneficial for your overal health. Here are 6 reasons to eat a teaspoon of honey on daily basis.
According to one research, women who had high leves of cholesterol, took 75 grams of honey on daily basis for 2 weeks which resulted in lowering of the low-density lipoprotein (LDL or ‘’bad cholesterol’’) cholesterol. Another research showed that individuals with high cholesterol should take honey with pollen since it reduces total cholesterol levels and LDL cholesterol.
Reducing Risk of Heart Disease
Honey contains antioxidants which come from different sources found in it such as flavonoids, vitamin C, polyphenolics and monophenolics, and it is considered to be able to reduce the risk of developing heart disease.
One of the main contributors to heart disease is the LDL cholesterol. Luckilly it has been dicovered that the consumption of flavonoids reduces cardiovascular disease since they have the ability to reduce blood clotting , to improve coronary blood pressure and prevent LDL cholesterol from oxidizing. These are the reasons why researchers believe that consuming honey is great treatment for heart diseases.
It is commonly known that cholesterol, blood sugar and overweight can increase the risk of diabetes, but fortunately, there are evidences that honey can help in decreasing cholesterol levels, blood sugar levels and weight in people with diabetes. This makes honey not only effective for treating diabetes but as well preventing it.
Treating Stomach Ulcers
Manuka honey is the type of honey which, with its antibacterial properties can inhibit the growth of stomach ulcers.
The Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine released a study according to which honey, when taken orally, was able to significantly inhibit the growth of ulcers in the stomach. They are caused by the bacteria Helicobacter pylori. They put an accent to this specail type of honey because out of all other types of honey, it has the most antibacterial properties.
Some studies, which have mainly been conducted on children and infants, stated that consuming honey can reduce nausea and vomitng but it can also help to improve in recovering from these symptoms. However, you should not give honey to infants under 12 months of age because it can result in bacterial infection that can cause consipation and muscle weakness.
Honey is considered to be very effective when it comes to coughing. When you have a cold, before going to bed, take a small amount of honey and it will supress coughing significantly. It has been found that using honey regularly is as effective as taking cough suppressant drugs such as dextromethorphan.
Honey triigers salvation and since salvation promotes the secretion of mucus it moistens the airways and calms the cough.