Honey has been widely considered a “superfood”. Apart from its taste, it has been known to be extremely advantageous for your health. Let us have a look at five such benefits of honey.
1. Rich in antioxidants
Honey is a rich source of antioxidants, such as flavonoids, a chemical that enables your body to function at its optimum while fighting toxins and stressors. Antioxidants are further linked to reducing the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and may even help prevent cancer.
2. Better than sugar
A natural sweetener, honey is a healthier choice when compared to sugar. It may also increase the level of your “good” cholesterol, and lower the “bad” cholesterol, and inflammation. For those with type 2 diabetes, who may have a risk of heart disease, consumption of honey can prove to be beneficial. However, it is always a good idea to be mindful with the consumption of honey, especially if you are diabetic.
3. Promotes burn and wound healing
Due to its anti-bacterial, antioxidant, and anti-fungal properties, honey can also be used to treat wounds, as it destroys bacteria that develops on injured skin, which could further cause infections. All you need to do is apply a little bit of honey to the affected area.
4. Prevents acid reflux
A spoonful of honey lines oesophagus and stomach, which acts as a barrier and prevents inflammation. Its thick consistency acts as a barrier and helps prevent inflammation, heartburn, acid reflux, and even gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
5. Relieves cold and cough
In an Indian household, honey is widely used to relieve symptoms of cold and cough. In fact, The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends using honey as a natural cure to cough and cold. The reason why this works is because it reduces nocturnal or night-time coughing, thus promoting sound sleep. However, experts warn against administering honey to children under one year due to the risk of botulism, a rare poisoning caused due to toxins potentially present in honey.