You might already know about the benefits of honey in weight loss. I’m sure we have tried the honey and lemon in warm water in the morning trick to lose weight. You might have your doubts, but researchers have actually been able to prove that honey can reduce weight gain.
But did you know that honey has other amazing health benefits? But before we get into those, have you ever wondered what honey comprises? Honey is the natural sweet substance produced by honeybees from the nectar of plants or from secretions of living parts of plants. It can be either raw or processed. There are over 3000 types of honey, depending on the flower source. Honey can be light or dark – lighter honey is milder in taste than dark honey.
These are a few benefits of honey you had no idea about:
1. Reduces blood sugar
A few studies show that while honey causes an initial increase in blood sugar, the levels decrease and remain lower for the next two hours. Honey may also increase insulin. Compared to sugar, it has a lower glycemic index. However, diabetics should still use honey in small amounts. Just like honey, Shilajit also helps in reducing blood sugar.
We have come up with a convenient capsule to help you manage blood sugar. Try our Diabkey Capsules – Herbal remedy for diabetic patients. It contains Shilajit, Gudmar, and Bael, all of which help to manage blood sugar.
2. Rich in antioxidants
Anti-oxidants are substances that help to prevent damage to body cells. High-quality honey, like our Madhu Panchamrut – Herbs Enriched Honey, has many antioxidants, like flavonoids, phenolic acids, vitamin C, vitamin E, and enzymes. Eating honey can thus help to stop cell damage and boost health.
3. Improves heart health
Everyone wants to have a healthy heart. All of us want to prevent heart disease. Well, guess what, the secret’s out now – honey. Honey has protective effects on the heart. Studies have shown that honey affects blood pressure, heart rate, triglycerides, and cholesterol levels. So, honey is not just sweet on the tongue but also sweet to the heart!
4. Wound healing
Using honey to dress wounds is an ancient method. Honey has many anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effects. It can help to improve healing and prevent infections. Research has shown that honey can also be used to heal wounds quickly.
5. Suppress cough
Rainy season means getting a little cough and cold. All of us have had that irritating cough that does not go away no matter what we do. Well, try honey next time. Honey has been found to be effective in decreasing that scratchy cough in many studies. Guess our moms were right after all.
6. Improves sleep
The next time you find yourself tossing and turning, try drinking warm milk with honey. Honey is known to promote sleep.
Did you know that honey boosts melatonin production? Melatonin is a hormone that regulates our sleep cycle and day and night rhythm. Along with melatonin, honey also regulates other sleep hormones. Just try honey for your insomnia and get a good night’s sleep.
7. Boosts immunity
We already know that honey has anti-bacterial properties. But did you know that it also has antiviral properties? Honey has been known to fight against many viruses, including the influenza virus, which causes flu. It also fights inflammation and enhances the immune system. That Kadha our moms make always has honey, doesn’t it? Well, now you know why.
8. Improves skin
Honey has been used on the skin since ancient times, and for a good reason. Honey retains moisture in the skin, keeping it hydrated and giving it that amazing glow. It soothes inflamed skin due to its anti-inflammatory effects and also reduces wrinkles. Many creams and lotions have honey in them. You can try our Ashtagandh Body Lotion- Ayurvedic Lotion for that glowing, hydrated skin.
9. Improves digestion
We’ve already talked about how honey has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. These combine into honey being very helpful in digestion. It also coats the stomach lining and helps in dealing with acid reflux.
If you’ve been having digestive issues, you can also consider our Marodfali Churna – 100% Ayurvedic for Digestion. Better sleep also boosts digestion; we know honey helps get better sleep.
We hope this article made you Bee-live the benefits of Honey!