I love honey. I mean really love. I think it doesn’t go a day by without eating some honey. Since first time I tasted honey I fell in love. So, I’m picky now. I have tasted many good ones but now I’m lucky since my husbands parents has their own honey in the garden. And for me it’s the best taste ever. Every time we are visiting them in Serbia we make sure to bring home to have. It has a nice soft delicious taste and it’s so smooth! But honey has many healthy things that I’m gonna remind/learn you readers here about.
Honey contains antioxidants, vitamins and proteins that, on regular consumption, can cleanse the body from different toxins. In addition, the honey’s antibacterial properties will improve the conditions for your skin to feel good. For example, many make “honey masks” and feel that it works well. The qualities of the honey can make a good impression, it seems calming and delights.
If you wear any extra weight, most doctors and experts recommend that you check your sugar intake.Honey is a very good supplement as sweetener as it keeps the blood sugar even and can help you lose weight. Honey contains vitamin B6, folic acid, vitamin C, iron, calcium, sodium, zinc, potassium and phosphorus, minerals and white names that are known to speed up your metabolism. Studies have also shown that a diet of honey can also reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in obese people.
Honey has no cholesterol at all. On the contrary, its minerals and vitamins can help reduce levels of “bad” cholesterol, the BBC writes referring to studies at, among others, the University of Illinois. A daily consumption of honey also has a beneficial effect on the level of antioxidant compounds in the body, which is also believed to fight cholesterol. Research shows that the antioxidants present in honey can prevent arteries from constriction and thus combat a number of heart-related diseases. In a study, 25 men, aged between 18 and 68, were given a mixture of 4 tablespoons of honey in a glass of water. It turned out that this improved levels of antioxidants in their blood, writes Daily Mail.
Eating honey seems to be able to fight stress – but did you know it can boost memory? A 2011 study showed that menopausal women, who received 1 tablespoon honey a day, got better memory. Honey also has the ability to help the body absorb calcium, which has a beneficial effect on brain function, according to researcher Matthew Brennecke.
Honey can help you who have trouble falling asleep. Like sugar, honey can cause an increase of insulin and release serotonin: a signal substance that improves the mood and gives happiness. “The body converts serotonin into melatonin, a chemical compound that regulates the length and quality of sleep,” according to Rene Ficek, senior experimentalist at Seattle Sutton Healthy Eating.
Honey has antibacterial properties, so many recommend eating a spoon of mancha honey on fasting stomach. This simple ritual can help prevent various diseases associated with the gastrointestinal tract, according to several studies. When the honey passes through the stomach it can counteract bacteria and heal small wounds in the mucosa, the researchers believe.
Some people do not usually believe me when I say that a glass of warm milk with honey helps me to fall asleep easier. But if you do not trust – listen to the researchers. A Dutch study showed that just warm milk can seem calming and work against sleep problems. Honey also plays an important role in this classic cure – for the amino acid tryptophan in the milk to work, it needs some help with insulin. It is made in the body when we eat something sweet – therefore it fits perfectly with a teaspoon of honey that will melt the milk.
So now there is no excuse to not eat honey. I love to put on my greek yoghurt with some cinnamon.