A spoonful of honey is not just a flavourful additive: it’s veritable liquid gold where our health is concerned. The
benefits of honey, from wound care to easing coughs and skin preservation, continue to be counted, both through scientific scrutiny and experience.
Christy Brissette, dietitian
and president of 80 Twenty Nutrition, favours honey as the sweetener of choice.
“It has antibacterial and antiviral properties and is also rich in antioxidants,” says Brissette. “The other reason I like honey compared to other sweeteners is that it doesn’t raise blood sugar levels as high as white sugar.” However, those with diabetes should be warned about using honey in moderation—just as they would white sugar.
Syrupy cure for the common cough
Both the World Health Organization and American Academy of Pediatrics endorse using honey to ease the symptoms of a cough. In a 2012 study of 300 children, honey was found to significantly decrease cough symptoms and produce sleep.
Warning: Keep small kids out of the honey jar
Never feed children under one year old honey or add it to their food, water, formula, or soother, as pasteurized and unpasteurized honey can contain Clostridium botulinum spores, which can produce toxins and, potentially, paralysis, in small children.
Menopausal symptom mitigator
In a 2015 study, researchers found that 68.3 percent of menopausal breast cancer patients taking honey and 70.9 percent of the participants taking bee pollen eased symptoms like hot flushes and night sweats.
Relieves the side effects of cancer treatment
Some cancer patients get sores in their mouths that are so painful it’s difficult to eat.
“I’ve had quite a few patients who are using manuka honey to help heal the soreness in their throats after getting radiation to their necks,” says Brissette.
A 2015 study found that a Malaysian honey called tualang was found to have a significant effect on the death of leukemic cell lines.
A 2013 study concluded that honey may have a positive impact on the effects of type 1 diabetes, including cholesterol and body fat. And a 2014 review noted one study where a mix of honey and antidiabetic drugs produced benefits including greater glycemic control and enhanced protection against antioxidants.
Along with its healing properties, honey is also considered the oldest skin care ingredient still in use today. Honey functions as a skin softener and soother, moisture retainer, hair conditioner, and pH regulator in a wide range of beauty products. Honey also helps maintain youthful-looking skin and prevents wrinkles, along with preventing infection.
Orignal source: http://www.alive.com/health/honey-a-sweet-treat/