We all know that honey is basically the ‘nectar of the Gods’ and has many uses in both folk and modern medicine. How many times have you gotten sick and heard a doctor tell you to eat a little bit of honey or add it to your tea? Even if this didn’t happen as often as it could, you still know that honey is incredibly healthy. However, what you don’t know are some of the more surprising and hidden health benefits of honey. In this article, we’ll do our best to bring as much information as we can to you so you can use honey in more ways than now.
Let’s start talking about the 9 surprising & key benefits of honey!
Lowers Blood Pressure
Blood pressure is a major player in health issues in the United States and even the world. High blood pressure can lead to heart issues and even death. To combat this, people get medicine to lower blood pressure, but did you know that honey does this as well?
Honey contains antioxidant ingredients and properties that help lower blood pressure by a small or moderate amount (depending on the person).
LDL Cholesterol at high levels is a major risk factor when talking about heart disease. High cholesterol levels can be extremely dangerous if not controlled and dealt with in time. It increases the amount of fatty tissue in your arteries (which can cause clogs and strokes).
Honey decreases ‘bad’ cholesterol and increases ‘good’ cholesterol, which is exactly what you need if you have high cholesterol levels.
The great thing about honey is that it contains plenty of nutrients; none of which are bad. One tablespoon of honey contains around 60 calories and close to 20 grams of sugar (glucose, maltose, sucrose, fructose).
Boosts Energy & Memory
We already mentioned honey containing sugars such as glucose and fructose. Both of these sugars help give you a boost of energy since they are basically carbohydrates. Additionally, honey reduces muscle fatigue and improves memory (as evident by a research report was done by Reuters).
Helps in Weight Loss
As mentioned before, honey lowers bad cholesterol levels and gives you some extra energy (which in itself helps with weight loss when you think about it), but it also burns fat on its own. Simply drink a glass of warm honey water (with a little bit of lemon) in the morning before you’ve eaten anything.
Heal Wounds & Burns
Multiple studies were done on the topic of honey being able to heal wounds and burns, and all of them confirmed this as fact. When dealing with wounds and burns, you should either apply honey directly to the wound or use a dressing. We recommend protecting the area with gauze or some bandages.
Additionally, honey can help with multiple skin conditions such as hemorrhoids, psoriasis, and even herpes lesions. Not to mention the positive effect it has on your skin (by making it healthier and more flexible).
Makes Great Workout Fuel
Due to honey’s ability to provide a boost of energy and burn some extra fat, athletes and gym-goers have started using it on the regular. It’s no surprise that honey makes great workout fuel, especially if you want to boost your metabolism on the side too.
Helps with Acne
Acne is annoying to the degree that people are willing to try anything to get rid of it. Here’s a shortcut: Honey! Honey moisturizes the skin and fights the acne bacteria, making it quite effective at improving your skin situation. Although, don’t expect it to treat major acne issues (for that, you’ll need something more powerful).
Used as a Moisturizer
Do you have dry skin? If yes, we recommend giving honey a shot. Honey is amazing at moisturizing the skin. You won’t need commercial products that advertise ‘amazing skin hydration’; all you need is a little bit of honey!