Learn some whys and hows.
Did you know that honey contains almost 600 compounds including antioxidants, probiotics and antibacterials? These combine to make honey one of nature’s superfoods, providing a range of health benefits and healing properties. Here are five of the top reasons to love honey for more than its great flavor.
1) Fatigue Fighter
Why? Honey provides 17 grams of healthy carbohydrates per tablespoon, making it an ideal source of energy. Honey has long been known to combat muscle fatigue, but recent studies also support its potential to heighten mental alertness.
How? Try it straight from the container, on toast, mixed in recipes or added to liquids.
2) Wound and Burn Healer
Why? Honey’s antiseptic traits inhibit the growth of certain bacteria while its humectant characteristics retain moisture. The result is increased healing with decreased pain, swelling, infection and scarring.
How? Spread a thin layer of honey on a gauze pad or bandage and gently apply to the wound or burn.
3) Sore Throat and Cough Suppressant
Why? Honey’s thick consistency and sweet taste are thought to coat the throat and trigger nerves that make you less sensitive to the cough impulse. Studies show that it is equal to or better than many over-the-counter cough syrups.
How? Eat a teaspoon of honey or gargle with a mixture of warm water, 2 tablespoons of honey, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and a pinch of salt.
4) Immune and Digestive System Booster
Why? The phytonutrients in raw honey have antibacterial and antiviral properties that are reported to fight illness by boosting your immune system. Honey also contains enzymes and probiotics that aid in digestion and soothe upset stomachs.
How? When you feel the onset of a virus or stomachache, drink a cup of hot water mixed with 1 tablespoon of honey and 2 teaspoons of lemon juice.
5) Natural Sleep Aid
Why? Honey is known to activate tryptophan in the system, which helps make you sleepy.
How? Add 1 or 2 teaspoons of honey to a glass of warm milk or calming chamomile tea.