Honey is a supersaturated substance of sugar that is brewed in beehives from the nectar collected by bees from the flowers of flowering plants. So what are the benefits of honey?
(1) Skin care and beauty
When fresh honey is applied to the skin, it can moisturize and nourish, making the skin delicate, smooth and elastic. Dry skin in winter can be mixed with water with a little honey and applied to the skin to prevent dry cracking.
(2) Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, promote tissue regeneration
High-quality honey will not spoil for several years at room temperature, indicating its strong antiseptic effect. Experiments have confirmed that honey has a strong inhibitory effect on gram-positive bacteria such as streptococcus, staphylococcus, and diphtheria. Usage: When dealing with wounds, apply honey to the affected area to reduce exudation, relieve pain, promote wound healing, and prevent infection.
(3) Promote digestion
Studies have shown that honey has a regulating effect on gastrointestinal function and can normalize gastric acid secretion. Animal experiments have confirmed that honey has the effect of enhancing intestinal peristalsis and can significantly shorten the defecation time. Honey has a good effect on colitis and habitual constipation without any side effects.
(4) Improve immunity
The various enzymes and minerals contained in honey can improve human immunity after synergistic effect. Experimental studies have shown that feeding mice with honey can improve the immune function of mice.
(5) Promote longevity
Scholars from the former Soviet Union have investigated more than 200 elderly people over 100 years old, of which 143 are beekeepers, and confirmed that their longevity is related to their frequent consumption of honey. The mechanism of honey to promote longevity is more complex, it is a comprehensive conditioning of the human body, rather than simply acting on a certain organ.
(6) Improve sleep
Honey can relieve nervous tension, promote sleep, and have a certain pain-relieving effect. Glucose, vitamins, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, etc. in honey can regulate the nervous system and promote sleep. Usage: Neurasthenia, a spoonful of honey before going to bed every night, can improve sleep.
(7) Hepatoprotective effect
The protective effect of honey on the liver can provide energy preparation for the metabolic activities of the liver, stimulate the regeneration of liver tissue, and play a role in repairing damage. Usage: People with chronic hepatitis and poor liver function can often eat honey to improve liver function.
The fructose and glucose in honey can be quickly absorbed and utilized to improve the condition of the blood. Taking honey when the human body is tired can obviously eliminate the symptoms of fatigue in 15 minutes.
(9) Promote the growth and development of children
Weak and sickly, children with poor physical fitness can eat more honey. Preschool children suffering from rickets can take 30-50 grams of honey two or three times a day, which can improve the symptoms of rickets. Children with colds, drink a glass of honey water twice a day, can promote the recovery of colds. Children with poor sleep, drink a glass of warm honey water 30 minutes before going to bed, and they can fall asleep peacefully soon after going to bed. Babies under one year old are not suitable for taking honey.
(10) Protect the cardiovascular system
Honey has the effect of expanding coronary arteries and nourishing myocardium, improving myocardial function, and regulating blood pressure.
(11) Nourishing the lungs and relieving cough
Honey can moisten the lungs and has a certain antitussive effect. It is often used to assist in the treatment of tuberculosis and bronchitis.
(12) Promote calcium absorption
Experts from the USDA Human Nutrition Center found that honey can prevent osteoporosis caused by calcium loss in middle-aged and elderly women. This is because the boron in honey increases estrogenic activity and prevents calcium loss. Usage: A spoonful of honey plus an appropriate amount of calcium supplements can increase the absorption rate of calcium.