Introduction

Honey is a product made ​​by bees from the nectar of flowers and is composed of a mixture of sugar, water and minerals.

Used since ancient times as a medicine, it is known that Egyptians used the honey in many ways, for example, carried packs of honey for wounds and sores apply. Athletes of Ancient Greece honey consumed it in large quantities because they knew of its revitalizing properties.

Unlike refined industrial sugar, honey is a living food, pre-digested by bees and is directly assimilated by the body.

 

Banana With Natural Greek Yoghur tand Runny Honey Breakfast. Photography by Randal Whitmore. Creative Commons Licence

It is also considered a great regenerator, tones and gives vitality to the organs, tissues, muscles and blood. The properties of honey excite bodies absorb sugar, hence an increase of higher energy than when other sugars are consumed. 

It is very important to purchase honey to small artisan producers that extract honey without using chemical additives and without adding honey substances.

 

Properties

To gain insight into the properties of honey we will see its composition: 

  • Glucose, levulose: 68-70%. 

  • Water: 18-23%. 

  • Sucrose: 2-5%. 

  • Dextrin: 0.5-1%. 

  • Proteins, lipids, minerals, vitamins and other components: 2%: 

    • The proteins and amino acids found in a low percentage but very important for our body.

    • The minerals and trace elements that can be found in honey are primarily sulfur, calcium, chlorine, copper, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, manganese, sodium, silicon and potassium in a form that makes them directly assimilable. 

    • Vitamins of group B are B1, B2 and B6, vitamin C, and pantothenic and nicotinic acid. 

    • Other components: diastasas, hormones, inhibin, germicidina (an antibiotic which prevents the development of germs and molds), some enzymes and organic acids. 

Besides being an excellent food, honey has been considered as a natural medication and has beneficial functions in various systems of our body: 

  • Circulatory system: 

    • Heart: Heart disease increase with industrial sugar consumption, it is important to replace it by eating a good artisanal honey that not only don't harm the heart but benefits him. The sugars of honey improve heart muscle contractions and helping a weary heart. 

    • Blood: honey has in its composition calcium, iron and phosphoric acid, which significantly enhances the rate of hemoglobin in blood. 

    • Consumption of honey helps regulate blood pressure.

Sweet Honey. Photography by Vibrant Spirit. Creative Commons Licence.

  • Digestive System: 

    • Stomach: Honey is pre-digested by the bees so for assimilation need not use our own enzymes so we will get all the benefits of a nutritious food product. There is clinical experience of treatment with honey stomach ulcers and duodenal ulcers with very successful results. 

    • Intestines: honey acts to improve the intestinal flora due to its antiseptic properties. In addition, honey is slightly laxative which helps to improve cases of constipation so common in today's society. 

    • Liver function: honey exerts hepato-protective action very effective. 

  • Skeletal System: for all components and trace minerals found in honey have been detected improvements in bone and tooth calcification. 

  • Urinary System: By taking honey drink more liquid, this generates an increase in urine output and if we add the antiseptic properties of honey have a real cure kidney and urinary tract. 

  • Respiratory system: cough, sore throat or pharyngitis and as invigorating in colds and flu. 

  • Insomnia: Honey acts as a sedative of the nervous system, if we can not sleep or wake up in middle of the night can take some water with honey (one teaspoon in a glass of water), the water may be at a temperature maximum of 35º C, never heat honey beyond this temperature it loses its properties. 

  • Wounds and injuries: for its antiseptic and healing properties, honey is very suitable to cure mouth sores and all kinds of wounds, boils, abscesses and even burns can also be treated with honey. 

  • Diabetes: Diabetic especially interesting are the richest levulosa honeys like acacia honey. 

  • Thinning: Honey is cleansing and detoxifying, in addition to the take as a sugar substitute enjoy its nourishing and energizing properties. Yes, we should moderate their consumption to be a very caloric food. 

  • Alcoholism: honey calm and clear in the states of drunkenness, so you can also consider their application for detoxification treatment. 

  • Cancer: give good results cures of honey in your daily intake consistent with a solution of 100 gr. of honey in 0.5 liters of water to be sipped taking along the day. 

It is very important to know that honey loses its beneficial properties when heated beyond 35º C.

Article written by Shauri.