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7 health benefits of honey

Honey is known for its yummy taste and more for its medicinal properties. Honey is readily available in every Indian kitchen. Infact it is an integral part of age long Indian medicine system Ayurveda. Whenever my son gets cold, and cough, I rush to my kitchen to give him a dose of ginger and honey.

7 health benefits of honey

There are plenty of health benefits that honey provides. Here is the list of top 7 health benefits of honey.

1) Honey Alleviates Allergies

Seasonal allergies has become one of the common disease across the globe. Allopathy does not have a promising treatment for it. Honey’s anti-inflammatory property is said to soothe the seasonal allergies symptoms. It is even said that if honey is consumed daily for longer time, it can permanently cure the allergies.

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2) Honey is Antibacterial and Antiseptic

Honey has antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Consumption of honey combats harmful microbial activity. Honey and turmeric paste also helps to heal wound quickly. In traditional medicine, honey is included as an integral ingredient for treatment of respiratory infections. Daily consumption of honey is said to treat excess mucus and asthma.

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3) Honey Improves Digestion

Honey helps improve digestion. It reduces constipation, bloating and gas. Honey is rich in probiotic bacteria such as lactobacilli, that aid digestion. It improves immune system and also reduce allergies.

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4) Honey is a Natural Energy Drink

Honey is an instant energy booster. Honey contains multiple vitamin and minerals in small amount. Honey is an excellent source of natural energy. The natural unprocessed sugar (fructose and glucose) directly enter the blood stream and can deliver a quick boost of energy. The rise in blood sugar act as short term energy source for workout.

5)  Honey Helps Fight Skin and Scalp Infections

Benefits of honey are endless. One of such benefit is for skin and scalp. Due to various reason, skin gets inflammation and marks. Same with the scalp, It get dandruff and dryness. Applying of honey and turmeric paste is extremely beneficial for skin problem. Turmeric is one of the best tonic for skin, same is honey. Both help to get rid of skin infections and result is healthy and glowing skin.To fight dandruff, a mixture of curd and honey can be applied on scalp. This is a great solution to get rid of reoccurring dandruff.

6) Honey Boosts Memory

Honey, the sweet nectar is loaded with antioxidants that may help to boost memory and also prevent cellular damage.

7) Honey Improves Sound Sleep

Similar to sugar, honey can cause a rise in insulin and release serotonin (a neurotransmitter) that improves mood. This serotonin is then converted into melatonin, which is a sleep aid. This hormone is responsible for regulating sleep cycle. Studies have also shown that honey can improve quality of sleep in kids as well. When honey is consumed 30 min prior going to bed, it helps to reduce cough among children during night and help them to have a sound sleep.

Quick tip:
– Replace honey with sugar: Sugar is not so sweet for your health. Honey can be a  great substitute for sugar because of its great medicinal properties.
– Honeys that are darker in color are considered to have more antioxidants and    pure.
– Honey can be preserved for years if sealed well.

Precaution

1) Honey should not be given to infants under 12 months of age due to the risk that it may contain spores of the botulism bacteria that can lead to infant botulism.
2) Honey is no different from white sugar when it comes to diabetics.Both increases the
blood sugar and diabetics patient should avoid honey in the same way as they have to avoid sugar.

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Honey is a rich source of antioxidants and a good energy booster. It is advisable to replace honey for sugar.Share your experiences in the comment below

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