Kids love it -- and how many healthy, natural products can you say that about? Not only is it delicious to eat, but true honey also contains powerful antibacterial and anti-fungal properties which are a true God-send in these modern times when we gradually become immune to man-made antibiotics. Let's take a look at just some of the many medical benefits of honey, so that you spend less time at the doctors, less money at the drugstore, and more time enjoying life to the full.
Medicinal benefits of honey: Why
Why does honey offer so many health benefits? Well, mainly because of its super healthy contents. It's absolutely jam-packed full of goodness, containing every vitamin, mineral and essential ingredient necessary to sustain life. It also has the ability to produce hydrogen peroxide.
Vitamins contained in honey include B1, B2, B3, B5 and vitamin C. You'll also discover numerous vital minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, sulfur, phosphates, zinc and sodium chloride. Its natural sugars will kill of bacteria, and it has a special enzyme which works in conjunction with your body fluids to kill off germs. Certain honeys, such as Active Manuka Honey, even contain a special ingredient which aids in the healing of external wounds. And, in raw honey, you'll come across Propolis -- a resin used by bees to clean and seal their hives, and which gives you numerous health, beauty and teeth benefits.
Medical benefits of honey: Internal healing
Honey has terrific natural antibiotic properties and is an anti-microbial agent, effectively stopping the growth of all types of bacteria and yeast infections. It's a strong anti-oxidant, and its anti-inflammatory properties will reduce inflammation. It gives a boost to your whole system so, if you suffer from anxiety, depression, high cholesterol, or just a simple cough and cold, give honey a try before dashing off to see your doctor. It's also beneficial for hormonal-related problems, such as migraines, headaches and tension. And, it helps prevent heart disease.
Medical benefits of honey: External healing
Not only is honey a wonderful natural medicine when taken internally. It's also a powerful healer when used externally. It's excellent for calming skin irritations and inflammation, and can help with such problems as sunburn, acne, pimples, and eczema.
You'll also discover it helps with eye infections, tired eyes, and even cataracts. Just mix one part honey with ten parts spring water, drip into your eyes before going to bed, leave overnight and rinse in the morning.
Honey's ability to produce hydrogen peroxide and release it slowly also makes it excellent for healing open infected wounds. For this, you need a good quality honey, such as Active Manuka Honey, which contains a powerful phytochemical.
Honey is a joy to eat, affordable and extremely good for you. Start including honey in your diet and you'll start enjoying life to the full.
Janette Marshall publishes Health Benefits of Honey, a resource dedicated to offering you complete information about honey and its medicinal properties. You'll find more articles about the medicinal benefits of honey on her Web site.© 2009 Janette Marshall
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