Despite its high content of sugars - 82.4 g in 100 g of honey (of which 38.2% fructose, 31.3% glucose, 7.1% maltose, 1.3% and 1.5% sucrose complex carbohydrates), honey has many health benefits and has been used for ages as a broad-spectrum cure in traditional medicine around the world.
Here are the health benefits that you can get from one to two tablespoons of honey daily:
For nighttime cough in children
New research by Israeli scientists showed that only one spoon of honey is enough to deal with nighttime cough in children aged 1 to 5 years old, triggered by respiratory infections of the upper respiratory tract. Experts under the direction of Dr. Herman Avner Cohen of Tel Aviv University conducted a placebo-controlled study of 300 young patients who had sleep problems caused by acute attacks of cough. Only 1 tablespoon (10 grams) honey 30 minutes before bedtime, calmed their sleep by reducing the severity and frequency of cough two times, compared with the placebo group.
It is important to know that pediatricians do not recommend giving honey to infants under 12 months of age because it may contain endospores of the bacteria Clostridium botulinum, which immature digestive system can cause botulism with severe consequences and even death .
Potent topical antibiotic
Besides internal honey for centuries used externally for any skin injuries - from scratches and abrasions in more serious wounds, burns, surgical incisions or even caused by radiation radiations ulcers. They all "honey tincture" protect against inflammation and wound maturation, reduce pain and speed healing. This is mainly due to the naturally present in honey hydrogen peroxide produced by the action of bee enzyme.
Forget the itching and swelling from mosquito bites
The anti-inflammatory properties of honey help reduce the itching, irritation and swelling from mosquito bites. In such cases, dermatologists recommend a finger dab natural honey on the bite area so that applying a thin film soothing and healing.
Stimulator that keep diseases away
Honey is rich in polyphenols, particularly flavonoids - antioxidants that protect cells from the damaging effects of free radicals, keep the heart healthy and prevent various types of cancer. In addition, flavonoids contained in propolis and royal jelly have powerful antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic and vasodilatory effect. They prevent and lipid peroxidation, platelet clumping, strengthen capillary walls and reduce the activity of the enzyme cyclo-oxygenase and lipoxygenase (reduce inflammation and soothe pain).
Supporting the digestive system
2006 study indicated published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, showed that replacing sugar with honey produced foodstuffs improves intestinal microflora in laboratory mice, acts as a probiotic. So if you want to preserve and stimulate the development of "good bacteria" that support normal digestion and health of the gastrointestinal tract, grab a spoon and a jar of honey!
Dealing with acne
In advance study of the University "Macy" in New Zealand shows that Manuka honey and kanuka was particularly effective in the treatment of Acne vulgaris - skin problems caused by inflammation and infection of the follicular ducts of skin pores on the face, neck or chest.