Sunday, February 19, 2012

Some Of The Health Benefits Of Honey

The nutritional and medicinal qualities of honey have been documented since ancient times in the Vedas, Greek, Roman, Christian, Islamic and other faiths and cultures. Physicians of ancient times, such as Aristotle (384–322 BC), Aristoxenus (320 BC) Hippocrates, Porphyry, Cornelius Celsus (early first century AD) and Dioscorides (c. 50 AD), and Arab physicians El Mad Joussy and El Basry, have referred to the healing qualities of honey. - The History of Honey

The fascinating process of making honey begins when the bees feast on flowers, collecting the flower nectar in their mouths. This nectar then mixes with special enzymes in the bees' saliva, an alchemical process that turns it into honey. The bees carry the honey back to the hive where they deposit it into the cells of the hive's walls. The fluttering of their wings provides the necessary ventilation to reduce the moisture's content making it ready for consumption. - WH Foods

While cane-sugar and starches, as already intimated, must undergo during digestion a process of inversion which changes them into grape and fruit-sugars, in honey this is already accomplished because it has been predigested by the bees, inverted and concentrated. This saves the stomach additional labor. - Honey Health 

Weight Loss
Though honey has more calories than sugar, honey when consumed with warm water helps in digesting the fat stored in your body. Similarly honey and lemon juice and honey and cinnamon help in reducing weight. - Organic Facts

Improving Athletic Performance 
Recent research has shown that honey is an excellent ergogenic aid and helps in boosting the performance of athletes. Honey facilitates in maintaining blood sugar levels, muscle recuperation and glycogen restoration after a workout. - Organic Facts

Anti-Bacterial Properties 
Scientists have revealed that honey has powerful anti-bacterial properties on at least sixty species of bacteria, and unlike antibiotics, which are often useless against certain types of bacteria, honey is non-toxic and has strong effects. -  The Honey Prescription: The Amazing Power of Honey As Medicine 

Nutritional Benefits 
The composition of honey includes sugars such as glucose & fructose and also minerals such as magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium chlorine, sulphur, iron & phosphate. Depending on the quality of the nectar and pollen, the vitamins contained in honey are B1, B2, C, B6, B5 & B3. - Health Benefits Of Honey  

Refined Honey 
Most of the honey eaten today has been heavily processed.  Like most foods that have been chemically refined, many of the healthful benefits have been reduced or eliminated. Commercial honey is often treated with an excessive heating process that can destroy some of the critical natural enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. Processing of honey also filters out many vital phytonutrients found in raw honey, products that exist in nature in the hive.  - Mercola
Try to buy Raw honey or at least Organic honey.

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