Honey is known by various names around the globe, for Example as “Honig” in German, “Miele“in Italian,“Shahad“in Hindi,“Miel”in French and Spanish, “Mel” in Portuguese; there is almost no part in the world where honey is not widely used and is considered as a part of the rich cultural diet. Honey is nothing but sweet liquid produced by the bees by using nectar from flowers; it goes through the entire process of regurgitation and evaporation and is finally stored in the form of wax by the bees in the all famous honeycomb.
There is both raw and pasteurized honey. Raw honey is the unpasteurized version of commonly used honey and only differs in its filtration, which helps extend its shelf life. Honey is graded by its colour. The more golden amber, clear liquid is higher the retail price than that of the darker varieties. Honey is an important element with numerous benefits such as in modern medicine, Ayurvedic treatments and especially in healing of wounds. Honey comprises of a heavy rich treasure chest of buried nutritional and medicinal value for decades. The sweet golden liquid from the beehive is highly popular as kitchen staple loaded with antibacterial and antifungal properties since the historic times. Honey’s numerous super powers confer to it’s vastly acclaim health benefits for the whole body. The popularly known liquid gold offers many nutritional benefits and advantages.
Consumption of the liquid gold responsibly can make the body reap various health benefits.
1) Hikes up your memory
The sweet amber liquid is highly loaded in antioxidants that helps prevent cellular damage, disorder and loss within the brain. Scientific studies suggest that during the time of Menopause a daily spoonful of Malaysian honey boosts postmenopausal women’s memory, which provides a good alternative therapy for the hormone-related intellectual decline. Its ability to help the body absorb calcium, according to science helps treat brain health. The human brain needs calcium in order to process thought, make decisions and memorize.
2) Cough extinguisher
The golden liquid’s thick texture helps in coating the throat while the sweet taste is considered to trigger a nerve ending that protects the throat from incessant coughing. Honey is considered to be as effective as the common cough aid ingredient dextromethorphan. It can be highly effective used in treating upper respiratory tract infections.
3) Dandruff doctoring
The golden thick liquid has rich antibacterial and antifungal properties, which proves to be a good doctor for seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff, as they are often caused by the overgrowth of fungus. Moreover, honey also contains anti-inflammatory properties, which addresses and treats the redness and itching on the scalp.
4) Power house for vitamins and minerals
Honey contains numerous varieties of vitamins and minerals. The type of vitamins and minerals and their quantity totally depends on the type of flowers used for apiculture. It commonly contains Vitamin, Calcium and Iron, and serves as a great power house for the human body. The presence of calcium and iron properties allows honey to keep the bones and immune system strong and well functioning.
5) Healthy weight management
Many studies have linked honey consumption with weight loss. A San Diego State University study found that consumption of honey in place of sugar does effectively helps in preventing the putting- on of extra pounds and also declining blood sugar. The results have also suggested that in comparison to sugar, honey has lower serum triglycerides. Other scientific studies from various Universities did find out raw honey can activate hormones that suppress or kills the appetite.
6) Sleep promoter
Raw honey advocates restorative sleep in two ways. By consuming honey before sleeping restocks the much needed liver’s glycogen supply and prevents the brain from triggering a catastrophe search for fuel, which can wake up a human body. Secondly, eating and consuming raw honey cultivates the release of Melatonin in the brain by creating a small lance in insulin levels, which encourages the release of Tryptophan in the brain. Tryptophan further converts to Serotonin, which is then converted to Melatonin.