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The health benefits of honey


A regenerated immunity

Beneficial for health, honey adapts to several dishes and fits perfectly into the composition of various succulent recipes. There are different types of honey with different flavors and different properties, which will suit your dishes differently. Among others, there are honeys made from flowers, honeys with lavender or honeys from chestnut trees. Obviously each of these products has its own virtues and benefits. It’s up to you to choose your honey according to your tastes and needs.

One can join the useful with the pleasant knowing that honey offers a new youth to the immune system. Scientists confirm curative virtues that have been known for centuries. Indeed, antioxidants such as flavonoids present in honey promote the healing and regeneration of cells. For example, people with seasonal allergies or inflammatory problems can benefit from a daily dose of honey in their diet. The same goes for the flu in the cold season. Honey can also be used in the composition of hive creams.

A hydrating power

Honey is also provided with lubricating properties on the mucous membranes of the mouth. It is then an excellent remedy to calm irritation in the throat in case of dry cough, angina or cold. In these cases, it can be swallowed or incorporated into a gargle liquid. Honey is applied to inflamed or irritated gums, or even during dental surges in babies.

The application of honey on the hair as a mask of care allows to restore shine after aggressions. You can even create your own mask based on honey, soap and olive oil. So you will have a quality natural product, good for the body. Chapped lips regain their suppleness with a daily treatment with honey balm.

Antibacterial effects

This natural hive product has properties to inhibit the growth of bacteria and fungi and prevents their proliferation. A drop of honey on a wound helps prevent the appearance of an infection. A little honey in his face mask calms down some types of acne. The prebiotic effect of honey is evidenced by its action on the balance of the intestinal microbial flora, stimulating the bifidobacteria and colibacilli necessary for proper digestion.

Good sugar

In honey, there is fructose, that is sugar. But this is a better sugar than the sucrose contained in the refined white sugar which has lost its nutritional value. There is a lot of energy to be gained by replacing your morning sugar with two spoonfuls of honey. The energy obtained from this carbohydrate is used over the long term by the body, which is essential for athletes who want to avoid the rapid drop in blood sugar levels.

Those who need to take sweetener instead of sugar, such as diabetic patients, can opt for honey, without taking too much. Since sugar promotes the oxidation of ethanol in the liver, honey is an excellent remedy in the wake of watered nights. Finally, if you are looking for a natural way to cure your sleep disorders, consider drinking a cup of hot milk sweetened with honey.

The benefits of apitherapy

Apitherapy is the therapeutic use of hive products. More particularly in the field of beauty and well-being. As we have just seen, honey has many properties. It is antibacterial, antioxidant (that is, it reduces the formation of free radicals responsible for premature skin aging), anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic.

This is why, in France, honey and its therapeutic virtues are increasingly recognized. Indeed, bees produce many quality products for health such as honey, pollen, propolis, royal jelly, wax or even venom.

In France, apitherapy is the subject of numerous research and work. More and more people are interested in the many benefits of honey. It is a natural product rich in vitamin, minerals and glucose, which is very easy to obtain.

Apitherapy is a “soft” medicine based on the different properties of honey. Each hive product has its virtues. For example:

Honeys: recommended for hydration and wound healing.
Royal jelly: restorative and anti-aging properties.
Pollen: strengthens nails and hair.
Propolis: purifying effects.
The virtues of honey for health are therefore no longer to be proven. It has long been used to treat sore throat, cough, sores, or to relieve pain related to a disease.

The properties of honey are such that even the hospital environment uses apitherapy. A specially prepared honey is used for its healing quality.

The benefits of honey are numerous: this nectar of plants promotes the capacity of magnesium and calcium retention of the body. Honey also helps to improve blood hemoglobin levels.

Beekeeping is concerned with the different types of honeys and their properties. For example, manuka honey (which has a darker colour and a stronger taste than other honeys) is praised for its healing and antibacterial virtues superior to those of other varieties. Plant-based honeys generally have the virtues of the plant in question. This is particularly the case of dandelion honey which has the diuretic virtues of dandelion flowers.

The bees continue to prove their importance. Whether in the field of health, care, the nectar they produce provides us with elements essential to our well-being (minerals, glucose, vitamin…).

What are the calories of honey?

The benefits of honey are undeniable, but is it a high-calorie product? We often hear that this bee product makes you fat. Many people prefer honey over sugar for their drinks or yogurt. Are they right?

At first glance, when we know that a tablespoon of honey contains about 22 calories (while the same amount of white sugar contains 20), we think that honey makes you fat. But that’s not quite true. It’s rich in nutrients. In 100 g of honey, there are 304 calories, but also 82 grams of sugar, 17 grams of water, and 1 gram of macro and micronutrients.

As with any sweet food, it is recommended to consume it in moderation. It’s good to know that when it comes to honey, there are specific criteria in its composition. Just because honey is organic does not mean it will have fewer calories. To know the number of calories, it is necessary to know from which plant it was made and look at its color (which gives an indication of the plant whose bee fed).

Is there a contraindication for honey?

The benefits of honey are numerous, but care must be taken not to give them to children under 24 months of age (because it can cause botulism, a rare neurological disease).

Also, honey (even organic) is against indicated for people with diabetes. Although it contains nutrients, has many properties (antiseptic, antioxidant, etc.) and is good for the skin, honey remains a product rich in sugars.

However, it is important to choose it well. If you can, choose honey sold by local producers over large areas.

What is the composition of the honey?

Although there are various varieties of honey, its general composition remains the same. Honey consists of 17% water, 79.5% carbohydrates, and 3.5% other particles. Of course, there are sometimes other components depending on the environment in which the honey is harvested (bees do not all feed on the same plants depending on the region). That is what makes this product so rich and diverse.

Beware of “fraudsters” who put more water or sugar. That is why the composition of honey meets well-established criteria. It must be verifiable by chemical analyses.

As we have just seen, the benefits of honey are numerous and varied. At a reasonable dose in the diet, it has therapeutic virtues. Don’t forget that at the Luberon Apiculture shop, we also sell different kinds of honey.