Honey has been in use for various health benefits for ages now. Ayurvedic treatments are a great example. Now scientists have also started validating the age old remedies. Following are some of the benefits that can affect us in everyday life.
1. Honey prevents cancer and heart diseases!
Studies have successfully found the evidence of honey killing liver cancer, colorectal cancer, prostate cancer and other forms of cancer cells. Honey contains flavonoids and antioxidants which help reduce the risk of cancers and heart diseases.
2. Honey as a prebiotic
Honey has been found to serve as prebiotic drink. Prebiotics have compounds which serve as food for naturally occurring bacteria in the intestines. A research funded by the National Honey Board found that Bifidobacteria cells, the bacteria often found in intestines, grew more quickly when honey was added to their media. Thus, a healthy stomach!
3. Honey accelerates healing of wounds
Honey has been used as a wound dressing for thousands of years. Honey’s acidity increases the release of oxygen from haemoglobin, thus making the wound environment unfavorable for the activity of destructive enzymes. Thus boosting the healing process.
4. Treats dandruff
Dandruff occurs due to dried up scalp. Raw honey is a natural humectant (moisture preserving) that aids hair in holding moisture, thus eliminating dandruff. It also provides vitamins A,C,D,E, B-complex and also minerals including iron, magnesium, potassium, manganese, calcium, and phosphorous. Dandruff can plug hair follicles and prevent new hair to grow. So, indirectly honey also aids hair growth!
5. Honey as an energy drink
Honey consists of carbohydrates, antioxidants, enzymes, minerals, vitamins and amino acids, making it a great additive for making your own energy drink. For this reason, athletes include honey in their pre-workout meals/drinks. Honey can be a great alternative to coffee for those sleepy afternoons as well. Rich in calories and carbohydrates, it provides an energy boost keeping slumber at bay!
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