Friday 3 April, 2020

Liquid gold: 5 of honey’s healing properties

Image by Three-shots from Pixabay.

Image by Three-shots from Pixabay.

Trinidad and Tobago's honey has long been known to win international awards for its honey before more stringent restrictions limited local beekeepers from competing globally. 

Honey is viewed as a miracle food because of its many beneficial properties but is often used at home for health benefits.

Here are five ways honey can heal:

1. Honey is not only delicious, it’s also good for you

A tablespoon of raw honey contains 64 calories, is fat-free, cholesterol-free, and sodium-free, says the US National Honey Board. Its composition is roughly 80 percent carbohydrates, 18 percent water, and two percent vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.


2. Honey can help heal wounds

Honey is said to have antimicrobial properties and can aid in wound healing, according to the US National Honey Board. 

A 2012 study showed that honey, when applied topically, rapidly clears wound infection to facilitate healing of deep surgical wounds with infection.

The study showed that honey might be useful in treating bacterial infections which are resistant to traditional antibiotics. 


 3. Honey is high in antioxidants

Honey has been shown to possess antioxidants such as flavonoids and organic acids, which hve influenced the flavour of the honey. 

Interestingly, two studies have shown that buckwheat honey increases the antioxidant value of your blood (6Trusted Source7Trusted Source).

Antioxidants have been linked to reduced risk of heart attacks, strokes and some types of cancer. They may also promote eye health (8Trusted Source).

"The honey, when applied topically, rapidly clears wound infection to facilitate healing of deep surgical wounds with infection. The application of honey can promote the healing in infected wounds that do not respond to the conventional therapy, i.e., antibiotics and antiseptics. Moreover, it can be used on skin grafts and infected skin graft donor sites successfully.”


4. Honey helps lower triglycerides (which are a factor in diabetes)

Honey has been known to help reduce elevated blood triglycerides, which tend to surge with diets high in sugar and refined carbs. They are also associated with insulin resistance, a major driver of type 2 diabetes. 

Elevated triglycerides are a risk factor for heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Several studies show that honey can lower triglyceride levels, especially when used as a sugar substitute.

For example, one study comparing honey and sugar found 11–19% lower triglyceride levels in the honey group (18Trusted Source).


5. Honey helps with sore throats

Struggling with a pesky flu? Mixtures of honey and lemon or lime have long been used to help with sore throats. Bear in mind this treatment is best for children over one year old. 

How do you use honey in your home? Let us know in the comments. 

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