The 10 reasons why honey is healthy
The facts don’t lie: honey is healthy and tasty. Unfortunately, many people still opt for processed sugars. In this article you will find 10 reasons why honey is healthy (including a source!). Which health benefits appeal to you the most?
Various international studies have shown that honey is good for our health. Most studies were based on people with good overall health. People with conditions such as diabetes should be extra careful when using honey. In addition, children under the age of 2 should not eat honey. But to other people you would almost call honey a panacea …
Fact 1. Honey helps with weight loss
Honey can help you lose weight if you take a honey drink (tea with honey, for example) before going to bed. It helps to restore your body and burn fat while you sleep. In addition, there are studies that show that you gain less weight if you regularly eat honey (1 ).
Fact 2. Honey is packed with vitamins and minerals
Honey is full of vitamins and minerals. Honey contains vitamin B3, vitamin B2, vitamin B5, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. In short, the perfect addition to your daily nutritional intake!
Fact 3: Honey: healthier, cheaper and tastier than cough syrup
Do you have a cold or cough? Try to ease the complaints with honey. Honey is the natural remedy for annoying coughs. It is healthier, cheaper and tastier compared to a cough medicine from the pharmacy. The honey’s antibacterial properties keep the throat clean and soothe pain. There are several studies that confirm this fact, but it is even better to try it out for yourself. Combine it with a nice warm cup of tea. Being sick almost becomes cozy …
Fact 4: Honey is the alternative to expensive sports drinks
Honey is the perfect source of natural energy. The carbohydrates in honey directly replenish your energy levels. With 17 grams of carbohydrates per teaspoon, honey may be the best energy source for exercise (2). Lots of fanatic athletes tried it out. Honey is healthier and cheaper than a sports drink or gel and has many more benefits than just energy. This is definitely a tip to try out yourself if you like cycling or running!
Fact 5: Honey helps with dry skin
Do you sometimes suffer from dry skin? Then spread a layer of honey on it and let it sit for half an hour … success guaranteed! As the honey sticks to the skin, it creates the perfect moisture conditions for your skin to repair. It may feel a little tacky and distinct, but it is guaranteed to help.
Fact 6: Honey may help with eczema and dandruff
In one study, people suffering from eczema and / or dandruff were asked to mix honey with 10% lukewarm water and spread it on the problem area. They left this for 3 hours and rinsed it off with warm water. Almost all participants indicated that they no longer felt itchy and after a week the problem area had become smaller. After two weeks most of them had completely got rid of their problem.
Fact 7: Honey is a memory booster
A tablespoon of honey every day improves your short-term memory, according to a study of 102 healthy women. The women who ate a spoonful of honey every day were able to memorize more words during the short-term tests. Critics say it has not yet been scientifically established, but the results are clear to us. The study was reported by Reuters (3 ).
Fact 8. Honey prevents a shortage of white blood cells
This is a point that has not yet been fully established scientifically, but there are studies showing that people who received chemotherapy had more stable blood levels if they ate two teaspoons of honey a day. It may not be scientifically established, but the first results are promising!
Fact 9. Honey fights parasites
Honey helps fighting parasites. The study was conducted among 30 children with a parasite. The research was published in The Journal of Medicinal Food (4). The children were given a mixture of papaya and honey and out of the 30 children, 27 were free of the parasites after 7 days.
Fact 10: Honey heals and disinfects wounds and blisters
Several (international) studies have shown that honey has a healing effect on superficial wounds and blisters. For example, a Norwegian study (5) with a honey from New Zealand, the honey was able to heal wounds that would not heal with standard medical solutions. The honey sterilizes the wound so that it heals more quickly. Several studies also showed that wounds can heal better with honey.
11. (EXTRA FACT) Honey is super delicious!
We cannot say it often enough, but besides the fact that honey is healthy, it is above all very tasty. And that is perhaps the most important reason to give yourself a moment of enjoyment every day. You can of course choose liquid honey or raw honey , but also cream honey is a real taste sensation. What kind of honey will be your new favorite?
Conclusion: Honey is healthy
Honey is super healthy and delicious. It is important that you eat it in moderation. And as you may have read, honey can also fight disease and bacteria… even on the surface.
Important Note: Honey is not suitable for children under 1 year old!
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