A San Diego State University study found that replacing sugar with honey could prevent extra pounds, lower serum triglycerides. Another study from the University of Wyoning found that raw honey could activate hormones that suppress appetite. The study measured appetite hormones and glycemic responses in 14 healthy non-obese women post breakfast and concluded that honey offers potential obesity protective effects. Here are the other benefits:
Counters Pollen Allergies
Bee pollen in raw honey ward off infections, provide natural allergy relief and boost overall immunity. Raw honey is pure, unfiltered and unpasteurized sweetener made by bees from flower nectars. There is more nutritional value and heath powers from raw honey rather than heated and filtered processed honey.
Natural Energy Source
Honey has been called “The perfect running fuel” (80% Natural sugar, 18% water, minerals, vitamins, pollen and 2% protein) which easily absorbed energy in the form of liver glycogen is ideal for energetic morning, pre and post exercise. Antioxidants powerhouse honey contains powerful antioxidants that help block free radicals in that cause disease. It boosts the immune system; reduce risk of heart disease and cancer.
Honey promotes restorative sleep by (a) restocking liver’s glycogen supply to prevent brain’s crisis search for fuel and (b) releasing melatonin causing small spike of insulin levels stimulating tryptophan release and conversion to serotonin and finally to melatonin. Melatonin boosts immunity; rebuilds tissues during periods of rest and lowers risk of hypertension.
Natural Cough Syrup
Evidence shows a single dose of honey can reduce mucus secretion and coughs. Half teaspoon to two teaspoons of honey at bedtime is the recommended dosage for anyone over age of one.
A Dubai study showed lower elevation of plasma glucose levels in diabetics. Some suggest the addition of insulin-boosting cinnamon as powerful mixture low glycemic index of food combinations. It also may be used for gingivitis and acne a well. These are some of the health benefits of raw honey, one of nature’s purest foods. A natural sweetener and “functional food” that is beneficial to your well-being because it contains 22 amino acids, 27 minerals (iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, magnesium, selenium and more), 5000 enzymes, vitamin B6, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and niacin. Raw honey is an affordable and impressive food that has been a gift by nature. Best of all honey does not need special storage or refrigeration.