Honey, the Valuable  Gift from God.(2021)

Real honey, the Valuable Gift of God?

Several studies have shown that honey is healthy for our health. Most studies were based on people in good health.

People with diabetes should be careful with honey, and children under 2 should not eat honey yet.

But for the rest of us, honey is almost a miracle cure.

Honey is super healthy, as long as you eat it in moderation. 

And as you may have read, honey can also fight disease and bacteria even on the surface. Choose a real honey

Honey, the Valuable  Gift from God.

Through your tea, over your breakfast, in your banana bread, or over your pancakes, honey is an indispensable product in our kitchens.

It is the ideal, natural sweetener for dishes, and in addition, it is perfect to use in natural cosmetics (such as face masks or lip scrubs).

Why? Because honey has many health benefits – literally.

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[1] How is honey produced?

Bees produce honey with the help of nature. The nectar is taken by the bee from flowers and plants and stored in the honey stomach.

Some of the honey is for consumption. The rest is regurgitated and provided with enzymes by young worker bees.

The enzymes separate the naturally present sucrose in fruit sugar and dextrose. This makes the honey easily digestible for us.

The processing method of the bees turns the nectar into honey after a few days. In the hive, the bees introduce the honey into the cells of the honeycomb.

The bees then seal the comb with a layer of wax, which is a natural preservation method.

The beekeeper carefully removes the bees from the comb. The beekeeper removes the layer of wax with a special fork.

The full honeycombs are placed in a centrifuge, which swings the honey out of the comb.

The honey is then kept in a closed container for three to five days so that wax residues, pollen particles, and other substances float to the surface.

The honey is sieved, and the jars are filled.

Honey is produced in the Netherlands from May to September.

If the bees get the right food and the weather is good, beekeepers can harvest honey in the spring, summer, and fall.

A bee colony can produce as much as 30 to 40 pounds of honey per year.

The bee colonies live permanently in the hive. In the winter, they live off the honey that remains.

[2] Types of honey:

There are several types of honey-like

  • Wildflower Honey.
  • Tupelo Honey.
  • Organic honey.
  • Clover honey.

To take advantage of all the healthy properties of honey, we go with the raw (organic) form.

This means that the honey has not been processed and the beekeeper has not used pesticides or preservatives.

The honey is often problematic (crystallized) due to the pollen grains present and is therefore not liquid.

As a liquid variety, acacia honey is an exception.

Honey from the Far East is often processed and uncontrolled and usually contains preservatives.

The healthy substances of honey have been removed so that it only serves as a sweetener.

This type of honey is more difficult to digest and therefore not suitable for diets.

[3] The benefits of honey:

Honey not only contains suitable substances such as trace elements, enzymes, minerals, vitamins, and amino acids but also offers the following health benefits:

(1) Bactericidal and fungicidal effects:

Thanks to the enzymes that bees add to honey, honey has antibacterial and antifungal properties.

Thus, honey can provide relief from a sore throat, an ulcer or a bacterial intestinal infection.

It even helps heal wounds on the skin. Just rub it on the wound and it will heal faster.

Honey not only has an antibacterial effect, but it also soothes.

Honey draws water from an inflamed throat, reducing swelling and pain.

2 or 3 tablespoons in a cup of herbal tea are sufficient, but you can also make a brush with warm water and lemon juice.

(2) Protection against cardiovascular disease.

Honey protects against cancer and cardiovascular disease because it is packed with flavonoids and antioxidants.

Take a small dose of raw honey with cinnamon regularly.

Taking it is good for your cholesterol. It prevents blood vessel constriction because it keeps your veins clean.

Combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise, it keeps your heart in top shape!

(3) Good stamina.

Honey can help you maintain your stamina and athletic performance by extending the time that glycogen is stored in your muscles.

Honey maintains a steady supply of glycogen in the muscles.

You will be able to work out for longer durations as a result of this.

Your muscles will recover faster after exercise if your glycogen supply is consistent.

(4) Better immune system.

Especially during the winter months, your immune system can be weak.

Honey is useful as it boosts the body’s production of white blood cells.

If you add cinnamon, this effect is even stronger. In this way, the body prevents diseases and you, therefore, become ill less quickly.

(5) Control your blood sugar levels:

Honey helps to manage blood sugar levels because of the perfect mix of fructose and glucose.

The conversion of glucose to glycogen in the liver is aided by natural fructose.

Honey isn’t like sugar, and a good brand has a low Glycemic Index number, which means your blood sugar won’t surge.

(6) Gut flora –

Honey is a probiotic that helps to maintain healthy intestinal flora.

In fact, some honey has a high concentration of “friendly” bacteria, including six lactobacilli species and four bifidobacteria species.

The absorption of certain nutrients can be influenced by particular food items. One of them is honey. It aids in the absorption of a variety of chemicals.

(6) Healthy gut flora.

Honey is a probiotic that helps to maintain healthy intestinal flora.

In fact, some honey has a high concentration of “friendly” bacteria, including six lactobacilli species and four bifidobacteria species.

The absorption of certain nutrients can be influenced by particular food items. One of them is honey. It aids in the absorption of a variety of chemicals.

For example, several changes and adaptations have been documented in the absorptive cells of the small intestine due to honey.

Several studies suggest that the bee product protects the liver, kidneys, and pancreas against oxidative stress.

An overabundance of free radicals causes oxidative stress, which can result in a range of symptoms and diseases.

(7) Against dry skin.

Honey not only helps against wounds but also dry skin is helped by this sweet substance.

Apply a thin layer of honey to the skin and keep it on for 30 minutes.

Then you rinse it off, and you will see that there is a better moisture balance. The skin recovers more quickly. Dry skin is a thing of the past!

(8) Scalp problems? No more next week! Apply honey to your scalp:

In a study, people who suffered from eczema and/or dandruff were asked to mix honey with 10% lukewarm water and apply it to the problem area.

They kept it for three hours before rinsing it off with warm water.

Almost all participants reported that they no longer had itching and after one week the problem area had become smaller.

After two weeks, most of them were completely rid of their problem.

(9) Cough syrup’s superlative is honey.

As soon as we start coughing, most of us immediately reach for a bottle of cough syrup…. and I have to admit… there are some really good ones

But they are not really healthy. Honey is perhaps the best cough syrup.

Two studies have shown that children who took a teaspoon of honey before going to bed cough much less.

It was also discovered that youngsters who did so awoke less frequently with a cough.. In addition, the antibacterial properties help to keep the throat clean and to relieve pain.

(10) Honey fights parasites.

Honey helps to fight parasites. The study involved 30 parasite-infected children. The results of the research were published in The Journal of Medicinal Food.

The children were given a mixture of papaya and honey and of the 30 children, 27 were free of the parasites after 7 days.

(11) The neurological system and blood circulation are both stimulated.

(12) Honey helps to lose weight:

Honey can help you lose weight if you take a honey drink (tea with honey) before going to bed. It is considered to help you lose weight while you sleep.

In addition, some studies show that you will gain less weight if you eat honey regularly.

[3] Nutritional value of honey:

The nutritional value of 339 grams of honey is:

  • 1031 calories
  • 278 grams of carbohydrates, of which: 278 grams of sugar
  • 1 gram of protein
  • 0 grams of fat
  • 0.7 grams of fiber

Honey contains the following vitamins and minerals:

  • Vitamin B2: 0.1 mg
  • Vitamin B6: 0.1 mg
  • Vitamin C: 1.7 mg
  • Potassium: 176 mg
  • Magnesium: 6.8 mg
  • Manganese: 0.3 mg
  • Sodium: 13.6 mg
  • Phosphorus: 13.6 mg
  • Zinc: 0.7 mg
  • Copper: 0.1 mg
  • Calcium: 20.3 mg
  • Iron: 1.4 mg

Honey also contains 58 grams of water and has an unlimited shelf life (if properly stored or if it says otherwise on the label).

Note: Do not give honey to children younger than one year. The intestinal system is not yet suited to process the bacteria in honey, which leads to intestinal problems.

[4] How to recognize healthy honey?

Honey from supermarkets is often a (sugar) mixture of different types of honey or even a sugar solution.

Also, the honey is often heated to a too high temperature which causes loss of many nutrients. Always check the packaging of the honey.

If it says that the honey is mixed or that the honey does not come from EU countries, it is often of low quality and you are still eating (partial) sugar.

[5] Is honey healthy?

You often hear that honey is a healthy sugar substitute.

At the same time, you often hear that your body treats all sugars the same and that it, therefore, does not matter what you eat.

How is that actually true?

  • Honey V/s  Sugar

Honey consists of glucose and fructose.

So there is little difference between all kinds of sugars and honey from the supermarket.

And yes, your body treats all sugar the same: it breaks it down and converts it into energy.
Some of that energy goes to your brain and releases dopamine – that’s why you always feel good after a sugar snack.

Sugar also has an effect on your muscles. It ensures that they can work properly.

If you eat too much sugar (which is not burned by your muscles), your body stores it as fat.

The main difference between refined sugar and honey is that regular sugar does not contain any minerals, vitamins, or other benefits.

It is purely empty calories that do nothing for your health, we read on Healthline – except give you energy.

Summary:  

Honey is a healthy sugar substitute; it contains vitamins and minerals not found in table sugar. The presence of minerals and vitamins keeps honey much healthier than regular sugar.

Bonus: Going out for a night on the town? Honey helps your body process the alcohol!

Yes… I save the best for last. Honey helps your body process alcohol in your body, so your body can lower the alcohol level in your blood faster.

Honey also restores your blood sugar, which is then very low…

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