The benefits of honey for the human body are great. But it is harmful mainly for allergies and diabetes. In other cases, bee honey is a good preventive and tonic agent – it gives the body a lot of energy, strengthens the immune system, and is recommended for the treatment of many diseases.
The chemical composition of honey
It is surprising, but in its chemical composition honey is very similar to human blood plasma and is absorbed by our body 100%. Not a single gram of eaten honey is wasted just like that.
In general terms, honey contains:
enzymes: catalase, amylase, diastase, phosphatase;
vitamins C, E, B;
trace elements: aluminum, zinc, nickel, chlorine, lithium, tin and others;
With such usefulness it is just right to be a medicine for all diseases! Honey falls short of a panacea, but has a wide range of medicinal properties.
The list of useful properties of honey is more than long. A couple of spoons of honey a day are good for children and adults, men and women. Its medicinal properties extend to the nervous system, digestion, hormones, etc. But everything is in order.
As such, there is little harm to health from honey. As with any food, they should not be overused and exceed the daily allowance. Overeating honey can be hard on the kidneys and pancreas due to the high content of fast carbohydrates in bee honey.
If honey is heated to 42 degrees, it will not only destroy many useful substances in its composition, but also lead to the release of substances harmful to the human body.
Be careful! Some unscrupulous packers may heat honey before packaging in order to make it more liquid and better pour into containers.
To the whole endless list of useful qualities of honey, it has a few contraindications. Unfortunately, this amazing product is contraindicated in diabetes mellitus and allergy to bee products (often not all types of honey cause allergies).
Honey inhalations are completely prohibited for asthma, heart and lung diseases, and at high temperatures.
Honey for pregnant women – is it useful?
If there are no other contraindications, it is not only possible to use honey during pregnancy, but also necessary! Honey has a beneficial effect on the formation and growth of the fetus, enhances uterine blood circulation, relieves excessive tension in the smooth muscle muscles of the uterus, blood vessels and bronchi.
During pregnancy, honey is indispensable for the treatment of colds, medical drugs are undesirable or completely contraindicated. With severe toxicosis, honey helps fight nausea and improves appetite. During childbirth, honey can also be useful – it is administered to the woman in labor to prevent exhaustion and facilitate the birth of the baby.
Benefits for children
Children often suffer from colds, disappear at home for weeks and miss school. Treatment of children’s colds with bee honey will not only quickly put the child on his feet, but also strengthen his immunity – he will get sick much less often.
In addition to relieving coughs, honey has antibacterial properties and damaged damaged cells in the respiratory tract. Honey is used to treat chronic pneumonia, radish juice with honey is recommended for the treatment of bronchitis, bronchial asthma and tracheitis.
If the child is very tired from school, regular use of honey also helps – simple sugars in it are good food for the brain. Honey serves as an antidepressant: it relieves irritation, anxiety, and normalizes sleep. The presence of antioxidants in honey not only strengthens and improves brain function, but also reduces oncology.
At what age to start
Early consumption of honey is highly undesirable. Honey can contain bacteria that are harmless to adults but harmful to the health of a newborn. Also, honey can act as a strong allergen, and eating it before age is more likely to reinforce an allergic reaction in the body that will last for a lifetime.
The easiest way to detect an allergic reaction is to apply honey to your baby’s skin or eat it. If no symptoms appear, then honey can be given, but not exceeding the daily norm – overeating honey in childhood can lead to allergies.
The daily norm of honey for an adult, regardless of gender, is no more than 150 grams. It is best to consume this amount in small portions throughout the day. For children, the daily allowance is about 2 times less and is 50-75 grams. You can eat honey on an empty stomach, but after that it is recommended to eat normally for half an hour.
Benefits for men
The main “male” health problems are: heart attack, nervous disorders, prostate diseases, decreased potency and baldness. All these diseases of men can be treated with honey to varying degrees:
Pollen normalizes the endocrine system.
Zinc stimulates the production of hormones.
Vitamin C makes sperm more motile.
The antibacterial properties of honey are helpful in treating prostate ailments.
Vitamin B stimulates hair growth, amino acids and participates in the synthesis of testosterone, the lack of which leads to baldness.