Properties of honey

Today, Mediterranean Diet, present you a special article; this article is a treasure trove of advice and presents you with some invaluable hints and tips on properties of Honey and when you’re done reading you will understand why we call it “the miraculous honey“, a wonderful and special gift of our friends Bees, . . . a gift much appreciated by us human beings

Strengthen the immune system – beauty care – prevention of diseases … and many other issues to consider when talking about a great friend of our table, and a valuable all for our health:  “Honey”. Honey is known as a natural product almost miraculous and its use is widespread for reasons typically “therapeutic“. Different kind of honey has different benefits. Since ancient times, honey were known as an antibacterial, but its properties have been demonstrated recently through numerous studies. One of the most important studies has been conducted by the University of Bonn in Germany but we can count on more than 22 studies on honey’s properties.

Honey is also  hydrophilic, for this reason is used by  Professor  Descottes, ex head physician of visceral surgery department of Limoges, in some of his  treatments. Its effectiveness on certain types of burns has been tested. Honey can accelerate tissue healing, it is useful also in other types of wounds ( especially  with thyme honey). Due to its therapeutic value,  some laboratories uses a lot of honey in their products. Honey has also lubricating properties on the mucous membranes of the mouth, it is an excellent remedy to irritation in the dry, sore or cold throat. Honey is applied to irritated or inflamed gums, or even during teething in babies. Applying honey on hair as a mask helps restoring shine after hair loss. We can even create our own masks with honey, soap and olive oil. Chapped lips find their softness with daily treatment with honey balm. Honey has calories and has sugar, but it’s more useful for health than white sugar because white sugar has been chemically refined and has lost  its nutritional value.

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Energy obtained from honey is useful for the long term energy in body, essential for athletes who want to avoid the rapid drop in blood sugar. People who need low level of sugar in the blood (like diabetes patient)  may opt for honey, but without excessing. As sugar promotes oxidation of ethanol in the liver, honey is an excellent remedy after having drunk too much.

Finally, if you are looking for a natural way to cure your sleep problems, consider drinking a cup of hot milk sweetened with honey.

The miraculous Honey

Honey arrives on our table without additives, no colorant, no preservatives or artificial fragrance. It is 100% naturel. The honey color palette ranges from very pale yellow to almost black through brown even green! The consistency can change and also the taste is different, more or less aromatic according to its botanical origin. There are many varieties of honey, the best known are acacia, wild flowers and thyme.

It is composed of 80% carbohydrates represented by fructose, glucose, maltose and sucrose, 18% water, little lipids and proteins, a large amount of free amino acids and minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron … It also provides a large amount of vitamins mainly vitamins B1, B2, B3. It contains enzymes helping digestion and prevent the growth of bacteria without killing them. Honey is delicious and loved by children and adults. In addition it is excellent for the health and appears as a true ally for our form. It’s simple, honey has 1001 qualities!

Everybody recognizes honey’s health benefits: against colds, fatigue, digestive problems … It plays a great role  in preventing diseases before being a “drug” that could treat certain disorders and conditions, hence the term nutraceutical assigned to it. Numerous scientific studies have confirmed all its therapeutic properties.

Very rich in sugar, honey, however consisting of carbohydrates easily assimilated by the body’s cells that can take the fuel needed for their operation. Regular consumption helps increase resistance to physical and mental fatigue, useful for teenagers and students during exams. Honey also has positive effects on fatigue related to overwork, for example, as well as loss of appetite and emaciation.

It strengthens the immune system without forgetting its antibacterial power. Indeed, its viscosity limits the dissolution of oxygen and thus provides better tissue oxygenation. Moreover, its low protein concentration prevents bacteria from growing properly.

The famous tablespoon of honey in a tea to treat colds has a wicked sense.

Honey has also diuretic and laxative properties. It would also be effective against infections of the stomach and intestines … and many other applications including dermatology (infected wounds, sores, burns, cracks …).

The different types of honey available to us.

We know three types of honey:

Honeys of flowering plants:

– The rosemary honey, white and milky. Small production but very good conservation.
– The sunflower honey, bright yellow and not very aromatic.
– Thyme honey, dark yellow and fairly powerful taste.

Honeys from trees:

– Chestnut honey, brown full-bodied taste with a hint of bitterness.
– The acacia honey from the flowers of acacia, and clear liquid with a delicate flavor.
– The orange honey yellow in color with a taste of the cooked fruit.

The specific properties of honey

Honey can also have specific features associated with season (spring honey) or a specific place like mountains honey, scrub honey. There is even a honey that comes from the secretions of certain insects that suck the sap of trees including pine, fir, spruce, oak, linden and others.

To give the name of the honey a single-flower must contain at least 50% pollen of the plant.  Other kind of honey are called “all flowers” or polyfloral therefore without precise characteristics of a plant or a particular soil which  absolutely not prevent  from being excellent.

All this “raw” honey obviously is subjected to legislation and there is  appellations of origin that guarantees the value of products (like wine rules)

A specific honey must include on the label floral or vegetable origin or regional, territorial or topographical origin making its specificity.

And now, do you like the idea of a tablespoon of honey?

Thank you to you all, friends Bees, for your precious gift ….

it’s very appreciated. We, human beings.

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