Honey is made by bees in their hive after collecting the nectar of plants. As you can imagine, depending on the available plants, the taste, constituents, and benefits of honey are different [R].
With the right plant, honey is a pain reliever, psychedelic, antibacterial, or pure sugar (like artificial honey).
Keep reading to learn more about the properties and health benefits of honey.
Health Benefits of Honey
1) Honey Improves Blood Levels of Vitamins, Minerals, and Enzymes
A pilot study was performed in 10 healthy people consuming multi-floral honey daily for two weeks (1.2 g/kg BW). Honey consumption increased blood antioxidants, Vitamin C, beta-carotene (Vitamin A), uric acid, glutathione reductase, iron, white blood cells, zinc, magnesium, hemoglobin, and copper. On the other hand, honey decreased blood ferritin, IgE, aspartate aminotransferase, alanine aminotransferase, lactic acid dehydrogenase, creatine kinase, and fasting blood sugar [R].
2) Honey Improves Hair and Scalp
A study in 30 volunteers showed that diluting honey in water and applying it to the scalp lowers hair loss, itching, and dandruff [R].
3) Honey Decreases Cholesterol
In five people with high cholesterol, honey lowered LDL and c-reactive protein [R].
4) Honey Improves Type 2 Diabetes
In a clinical trial of 48 people, honey decreased weight, total cholesterol, LDL, and blood fats. Also, it increased HDL and hemoglobin A1C [R].
A study of 7 diabetic patients showed that honey decreased glucose rise compared with dextrose. Honey caused greater elevation of insulin than sucrose [R].
5) Honey Is Better Than Sugar
A study of eight healthy volunteers showed that insulin and C-peptide elevation were higher after dextrose than after honey. Honey reduced cholesterol, LDL-C, and TG, and slightly elevated HDL-C [R].
6) Honey Fights Free Radicals
In a study of 25 healthy men, buckwheat honey was a stronger antioxidant, while clover honey had the widest range of antioxidant molecules [R].
In another study, using clover honey on rats lowered the Vitamin E/fat ratio [R].
Also, a study with 40 healthy individuals showed that eating a substantial amount of honey (1.5 g/kg BW) significantly improves blood’s antioxidant capacity [R].
7) Honey Heals Wounds
Honey stimulates inflammatory cytokines from monocytic cells, which play an important role in wound healing and tissue repair [R].
However, over 19 trials it was found that for burns, compression bands alone were just as effective as honey [R].
8) Honey Fights Tumors
When tested on five types of rat and mice tumors, honey showed anti-metastatic and moderate anti-tumor effects [R].
9) Honey Improves Cough
A double-blind, randomized clinical trial showed that honey significantly lowered frequency, severity, and annoyance of cough in 300 children. It also improved sleep quality for the children and their parents [R].
10) Honey Improves Immunity
Testing on human white blood cells found that honey increases TNF-alpha, IL-1 beta, and IL-6 [R].
11) Honey Kills Microbes
A lab experiment showed that pure honey killed most of bacteria and fungi, except for Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Clostridium oedematians [R].
Health Negatives of Honey
Honey Increases Blood Sugar
Honey does increase blood sugar, but around a quarter to a half as much insulin is released compared to glucose, as found in eight healthy individuals [R].
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