The old wives’ tales we hear are actually often based in truth, as honey has been used in folk medicine for thousands of years. Ancient Egyptian physicians used honey in medicinal compounds 5,000 years ago and the Greeks physicians believed that honey could promote longevity.
Not only can honey soothe and lubricate a sore throat, but because of its nutrient-rich profile, it has been used internally and externally for a variety of other benefits, including...
Improved Athletic Performance
Most athletes rely on carbohydrates for continued energy during intense training. Studies have shown that the glucose found in honey, plus other natural sugars, can provide the same boost to athletes. Instead of consuming refined sugars and high fructose corn syrup, which is on many lists as one of the worst things we can consume and is found in many sports drinks, opt for an all-natural boost of honey.
Improved Relaxation and Sleep
Honey can promote relaxation and help ease you to sleep at night. The natural sugar found in honey raises our insulin slightly and allows tryptophan, the compound famous for making us sleepy after eating turkey at Thanksgiving, to enter our brains more easily. Taking a spoonful of honey before bed can help you get restful sleep.
Fewer Allergic Reactions
Taking a high-quality raw local honey for two months before allergy season can actually lessen your allergies. Bees carry the pollen that aggravates seasonal allergies, and some of that pollen becomes part of the honey. Consuming honey daily before allergy season can help your body grow accustomed to the pollen and protect your body against the effects during allergy season.
Treat Cuts and Scrapes
Honey has well known natural antibacterial properties that prevent infection in minor abrasions. Plus, its thickness will protect against bacteria and dirt entering your minor wounds. Simply dab a little honey onto your cut and cover with a bandage.
Honey is one of Mother Nature’s most versatile foods. It not only serves as a delicious, all-natural sweetener, but it’s a helpful tool in supporting a healthy body and glowing appearance. Why do you think it’s been so popular for thousands of years?
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