Staying healthy with Honey
Honey is one of the most ancient medicinal super foods. Pure, live, raw honey is very good for us. It enables us to enjoy the sweet tastes that our brains like so much in the way that nature intended and keeps us healthy.
There are four main health advantages of consuming and using honey in the diet and as a medicine:
1. Honey is a balanced energy booster. It is the natural blend of sugars that is special and helps to prevent energy highs and lows. The glucose in the honey is absorbed quickly but the fructose more slowly providing a sustained energy boost that helps keep blood sugar levels fairly constant. This makes it very useful:
- a. Gentle on the metabolism, it helps to prevent and manage sugar sensitivity and diabetes.
- b. The sustained energy boost enhances athletic performance, sports men and women can use honey to improve endurance and reduce muscle fatigue.
- c. As a treatment for sleeplessness. Honey in milk gives the body a mixture of balanced sugars that promote sleep.
2. Honey kills bad bacteria and fungus, this can help improve the digestive system, cure a sore throat, heal burns and rashes, fight disease and help heal wounds. Honey has four main properties that help it to exterminate bacteria and fungus:
- a. Honey contains lots of sugar It is a supersaturated solution of sugar, which means that it contains as much sugar as can possibly be dissolved in it. When the honey is on a wound, the honey acts like a dry sponge and soaks up any spare water. This is called osmosis. Because of osmosis, the honey draws fluid away from the infected wound. This helps to kill bacteria, which need liquid to be able to grow.
- b. Honey is very acidic Its pH is between 3 and 4 – about the same as orange juice or a can of coke. Bacteria are killed in acidic environments like this
c. Live raw Honey produces hydrogen peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is an antibacterial substance that is sold in pharmacies. It is made naturally in honey by an enzyme called glucose oxidase, which is added to the plant nectar by bees.
Glucose oxidase is not active in full strength honey because of the honey’s high acidity. However, when the honey is diluted (for example by the release of body fluids from a wound) the honey becomes less acid, the enzyme becomes active, and hydrogen peroxide is produced.
- d. Honey contains plant-derived factors Some honeys have antibacterial action that appears to be caused by phytochemicals that are found naturally in the nectar that the bees collect.
3. Allergies. Consuming locally produced honey helps the body adjust and overcome allergies. Honey contains pollen from local plants and helps the body adjust to the proteins in the pollen
4. There is one other useful application for honey – to cure hangovers. Fructose speeds up the oxidation of alcohol by the liver acting as a sobering agent. It is good mixed with orange juice.