THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF HONEY
Searching for nutritive substances, especially the ones that are scarce, like the ribonucleic acids, enzymes and the like, preparations are used that contain only one desired substance, but not all of them. In giving us everything in small quantities, nature seems to be playing with us. So, one should roam from “flower to flower” in order to get all the desired substances in nutrition. An “around the corner” solution appears to be contained in the “from flower to flower” phrase: intelligent and hard-working bees can do the job for us. The logic is there, and the practice, experience and science confirm it.
Everything required for the development of life needs to be contained in bee products, because bees depend on honey, like babies depend on milk. It is not only honey, but pollen, royal jelly, propolis, bee-wax, and even bee venom. An entire microcosm revolves around “the bee world”, in existence for over a million years. Humans as well as bees feel the health benefits of honey, and our only task is to wisely use what we have been offered.
All of us have tasted honey and are familiar with it, are at least familiar with its outward appearance. It is a thick, crystalline and viscous substance, produced by the bees by gathering nectar from the flowers of honey producing plants and the leaves of conifers and certain deciduous trees. Thus, there are different kinds of honey, depending on, in a beekeeper`s words, the grazing the bees had. Specific substances from the bee`s organism are added to nectar that turn it into honey. Honey is then stored in honeycombs to age. The most common kinds of honey are acacia, wildflower, linden, sunflower, forest and nectar honey.
What are the health benefits of honey for man? Honey is considered a highly valuable and easily digestible foodstuff, which after being taken enters the blood directly. According to its protein contents, it is highly esteemed among food products, because it contains all the essential amino-acids. It contains 37 mineral substances, vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C, PP, A, A, K, folic acid, organic acids (especially ribonucleic acid), aromatic substances, pollen grains, alkaloids, colloids, biogenic stimulators, plant antibiotics, phytohormones and many other substances that still have to be discovered, isolated and studied.
Honey as a prevention against illnesses
Honey is a foodstuff, food additive (a preventive), cure for certain diseases, and it is applied in cosmetics as well. Honey has a wide scope of applications. As has already been mentioned in part, it is highly essential for honey as food to be in everyday use. All members of a family should take honey daily, because of its contents and natural properties. Maximum daily dose of honey is 1.5grams per 1kg of body weight, and minimum is 0.5grams per 1kg of body weight. The first dosage is for using honey in treatment and the second, prophylactic, is for prevention. Due to its properties you should not swallow the honey immediately, but rather keep it in your mouth as long as possible, because honey is quickly absorbed into blood. As a rule, honey should reach stomach mixed with water, milk, tea and other liquids. Honey can be enriched with other ingredients. It obtains its actual biological value when honey as a foodstuff, preventive or medicine is used together with other bee products, such as pollen, propolis, royal jelly or bee-wax. It can also be enriched with extracts of all kinds of medicinal herbs.
The health benefits of honey are best observed in the prevention of many illnesses. It is an excellent means of cleansing the organism, because when taken before breakfast, mixed with water, it prevents constipation. Honey taken before going to bed, mixed with lukewarm water and warm milk has a sedative effect on the nervous system and provides a sound and healthy sleep. Everyday consummation of honey as an addition to every meal enables extraction of excess water from blood and reduces blood pressure. People with bad digestion, or having problems with digestive system, who are deficient in invertase and amylase enzymes should take honey instead of sugar in their nutrition. At the foremost, all athletes and laborers should take honey as a preventive.
Besides being a preventive, honey occupies an important position in the treatment of certain diseases. Honey plays an important role with anemic people of all ages, as well. Since anemia is caused by insufficient taking of microelements vanadium, iron, cobalt, etc. thus impairing the blood flow processes, by taking honey, which contains many microelements the advent of anemia is prevented. Anemia is treated by taking large quantities of honey over a long period of time every day, until anemia is gone. This is achieved by taking honey combined with pollen and royal jelly in a ratio of 1000:100:1.
It is confirmed that bacteria cannot exist in honey. With its quantity of the microelement potassium, honey removes moisture from bacteria, thus vanquishing them. So, all diseases caused by bacteria can be successfully prevented and treated with honey. Honey alleviates cough and pains caused by arthritis. With children, it also helps remove the unpleasantness during urination. By taking too tea spoons of honey for every meal, muscles spasms in legs, feet, eye and lip muscles, can be cured after only several days of application. It is natural that those predisposed to having spasms should continue taking honey afterwards. Honey can be applied to burns as well, thus preventing blisters and skin deformation.
In popular medicine honey is recommended to both healthy and sick people as a means of building up and acquiring immunity. When combined with pollen, propolis and royal jelly, honey becomes a powerful bio-stimulant. Treatments with such honey are performed four times a year, and its effect on both young and old is regenerative.
So, honey should be taken as food lest it be taken as a medicine.
Sage is a perennial healing plant that grows to a height of 30 to 60 cm. it has a woody stem and a very strong root. It grows as a wild plant, often in rocky places, but it’s also grown in gardens. It is picked before blooming and healing part of the plant are leaves and young branches. Sage honey is a very good way to consume something very healthy during the winter. Sage honey is made from flowers of the sage plant, it is collected from the middle of March to May. Taste (sweet) and smell of this honey is excellent, while the color is greenish-yellow. ...read more
Color, taste and aroma of honey
The color of honey is tied with taste and aroma. According to color we differentiate honey on lighter and darker, while according to aroma it can be of weaker and stronger taste. Lighter types of honey are usually milder taste and aroma. From familiar types of light honey we list ACACIA, which has a mild taste and light-golden color, it is liquid and perfect for small children. In this group we include honey from clover, linden, willow, raspberry. Darker types are: wild flower honey that can be lighter and darker, Goldenrod, mint, buckwheat, erica, honeydew, etc. ...read more
Acacia honey: healing properties and use
Acacia honey is one of most wanted and most selling type of honey in the world. It is produced from the nectar of thee acacia flower. You should be especially careful, since the acacia tree is poisonous, except the flowers, that are white and smelly, and are connected in clusters long about 20 cm. Planted acacia gives a lot more nectar than the one that grows in the forest, that is why canopy is much bigger, they receive more sun so there is more flowers.
Acacia blooms in the middle of the spring, for better input of nectar warmer nights and days and more humid mornings suit it. Considering that it blooms in the beginning of May when bees companies are still undeveloped, bees cannot entirely use it, but apart from that in one round from an average hive you can get 30-50 kg of acacia honey. ...read more
What types of honey there are?
There are different types of honey classification. Firstly honey is labeled by the plant where bees collected nectar. In the biggest number of cases bees from one hove do not always stick to one type of plant. This happens only if in the area during that time, no other plants blooming or there are large surfaces of agricultural cultures such as, sunflower, alfalfa, lavender, canola, or surfaces such as acacia forest or forest of sweet chestnut.
In certain natural conditions, in certain years, you can get relatively pure honey made from acacia, heather, sage, lavender, rosemary, sunflower, sweet chestnut and some other plants. The origin of honey related to plant spices is most reliably determined through analysis of present pollen that is always located in every honey, more or less.
According to the number of plants whose nectar is included in the honey, honey is classified in monofloral (honey made from only one plant, for example, acacia) and polyfloral honey (honey made by collecting nectar from several types of plants, such as, meadow honey, forest, etc.)
Unfortunately many consumers because of their own ignorance look exclusively honey from a certain kind of trees (acacia, linden, etc.), not knowing that mixed, that is polyfloral honey is far more healthy and cures more illness that monofloral.
According to the source from which it was made, honey can be divided into flower honey and honeydew. Flower honey comes mainly from flowers of different plants, while honeydew comes from sweet liquids that some insects expel as excessive food, feeding on the juice of the plant where they are located. ...read more
What sugars are located in honey?
Two thirds of honey is sugar, mainly glucose and fructose. They do not need to be digested and they directly full sugar reserved in liver and muscles. Glucose is main sugar in a human organism, because all sugars must turn in to it, and then it is used as energy matter or it is stored in deposits in liver and muscles. For liver, fructose is especially interesting, which does not provoke insulin response and quickly fills up the reserves. It is important when the need for sugar is strong, in activities such as learning or physical exercise. Lack of sugar in liver will be noticed mental fatigue during training, inability of focusing on training and absence of attention that is the consequence of depleted reserves in the liver, main supplier of the brain and the rest of the nervous system. ...read more
What are the determinantes and factors than affect honey?
There are many types of honey, depending on the type of the honey producing flora from which the nectar is collected. Most famous honeys are: acacia, forest, meadow, linden, sunflower, etc. It should be known that quality of honey, and other bee’s products, depends from the quality of the soil from which the nectar is collected. Nectar collected from degraded surfaces (near large chimneys, land poisoned with chemicals….) cannot provide quality honey. ...read more
Meadow honey as aditional remady
Meadow honey comes from various flower types that are part of the mountain meadows. Depending on the plant from which it is made, color, taste and smell can vary. Color is light yellow and reddish to darker shades. Taste depends on the plant type that dominates the composition of honey and can be very sweet, but also little bitter. Meadow honey contains enzymes, minerals, organic acids and other valuable ingredients. ...read more
Honeydew: chemical composition and why do bees collect it
Underestimated in some countries as a honey with poor quality and in other praised as a treat, honeydew has been for a long time a subject for discussion among bee keepers. Long ago it was known that honeydew is not suitable food for bee hibernation. What is actually honeydew, and why do bees collect it? ...read more
Components And Health Benefits of Manuka Honey
Manuka honey comes from New Zealand, where it is produced by bees pollinating the native manuka bush. Manuka honey is being appreciated worldwide for its healing ability. Proponents claim it treats wound infections and other conditions. It can be taken orally, as well as topically on the skin. It gives instant results upon contact with the affected area. Its level of antibacterial efficiency in fighting bacteria is what makes it so unique, when compared to a standard antiseptic. It shows better results than antibiotics and traditional forms of medicine. It even fights types of bacteria resistant to antibiotics, which are a growing problem worldwide. Staphylococcus, one the most wound-infecting types of bacteria, is most sensitive to manuka honey.
Manuka honey is a natural ingredient. It has no side effects. Its unparalleled antimicrobial features, such as MRSA and VRE deal with even the most resilient bacteria. Maney studies worldwide deal with Manuka honey`s antimicrobial activity....read more
Applications and Characteristics of Linden Honey
Linden honey is a premiere honey. It has been used for thousands of years. Linden honey is known as linden or basswood honey in North America and lime honey in the UK and Europe. It is obtained from the blossoms of linden or basswood tress belonging to several species of Tilia. The most common linden trees are Tilia Americana and the white basswood. White basswood is known as the Bee tree because of the generous amounts of nectar produced by its drooping clusters of flowers. In East European countries, Russia and China, white basswood is known as small-leaved lime. The ambrosial aroma of the yellow-white flowers draws bees from miles around, at the height of blossoming. Linden trees and honey are most common east of the Mississippi river and in the Appalachians, and especially in the more temperate northern regions. The white basswood flower clusters produce large amounts of nectar. Hence, it is called the bee tree. The nectar can be seen glistening on the flowers during strong nectar flows and the flow is the strongest in warm humid weather. ...read more
Why Does Honey in a Comb Favourably Influences On Our Organism?
Honey in a comb is recommended by numerous doctors, beekeepers, pharmacists and many others. Will all know that it is very useful and favorably influences on our organism. Honey in comb is more expensive than ordinary honey and often those that sell it in a comb do not know why this is. When you look at it objectively, no one wants to eat the comb, therefore you pay more, and spend less, and there is no logic. Yet there are justifications….. ...read more
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