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The Most Surprising Health Benefits of Honeycomb

The Most Surprising Health Benefits of Honeycomb

 

Benefits of Honey

Honey

Honey is a natural product, as bees make it from the nectar of flowers, and store it in honeycomb cells Many drawings dating back to the Stone Age, in addition to the ancient civilizations of India, China, Egypt, Rome, and others; This is due to its distinctive flavor and high nutritional value. It is rich in many nutrients that enhance the health of the body, including; Potassium, zinc , iron, carbohydrates, and other nutrients, in addition to its important therapeutic properties; As it is an anti-virus, bacteria, infections, fungi, and tumors, in addition to its strong antioxidant activity. Moreover, it is considered one of the oldest treatments used to promote wound healing; The Greeks used it in the year 50 AD in the treatment of sunburn and wound dressing. Also, honey is used in some industries, such as soap and cosmetics; It gives it moisture and aromatic scent.

Types of honey

Honey includes many types, amounting to about 320 types, different in color, flavor, and smell, and the most common of them are the following:

raw honey: Which is distinguished by its dark color because it contains additional elements, as it is not subject to treatment or pasteurization processes, but is taken directly from the honeycomb, and is purified from some impurities stuck to it; Such as beeswax, and parts of dead bees, and it is worth noting that eating it is considered safe for all age groups except for infants under the age of 12 months; As their consumption of honey of all kinds poses a threat to their health, and this is because their digestive system is not qualified to combat the bacteria present in honey, which is known as Clostridium botulinum bacteria; As it grows and multiplies in the intestines of the child, causing what is known as infant botulism.


Pasteurized honey: or what is known as regular honey, which differs in its properties from raw honey as a result of being subjected to the pasteurization process, as it is believed that it reduces its nutritional value by removing anti-oxidants, such as flavonoids (Flavonoids: English: Flavonoids). On the other hand, treating honey in this way enhances its general appearance. So that it looks more pure and smooth, and it improves its taste by eliminating yeast cells, in addition to increasing its shelf life. In contrast to raw honey, pasteurized honey can contain some food additives, such as sweeteners, including; High fructose corn syrup, or HFCS, and brown rice syrup.


Honey manuka: which is made by bees , which feeds on flowers tea tree ( in English: Leptospermum scoparium), which is also called Manuka bush, and is distinguished from other types of health distinctive its benefits.


Acacia honey: which is distinguished by its light color compared to other types, and the honey produced is nourished by the flowers of the acacia Robinia tree, or known by its scientific name Robinia pseudoacacia, as well as the Black locust.


Pure honey: which is one of the types of pasteurized honey, but it is free from any additive.


Black honey: or what is known as honeydew honey; This is because honey bees make it by absorbing honeydew from trees instead of flower nectar, and its color is darker compared to other types of honey.



Health Benefits of Honeycomb

Honey offers many health benefits, the most prominent of which are:

A rich source of antioxidants: raw honey has been found to contain phytonutrients that have anti-cancer properties. It is worth noting that honey is dark in color, such as Manuka honey, buckwheat honey, and others. It contains higher percentages of antioxidants compared to light-colored honey; This is according to a study conducted by the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in 2009.


Increasing the level of beneficial bacteria in the intestine: Some types of honey contain beneficial bacteria, and some also contain prebiotics, such as oligosaccharides, which stimulate the growth of beneficial bacteria in the intestine.


Anti-bacterial and bactericidal: because it contains compounds that are toxic to bacteria, such as Methylglyoxal found in Manuka honey, or hydrogen peroxide found in other types of honey. Moreover, the results of a study conducted by the University of Amsterdam in 2011 revealed the possibility of Manuka honey contains other anti-bacterial agents; It was noted that the antibacterial activity persists despite the neutralization of Methylglyoxal. In addition, honey is a rich source of sugar that limits moisture; It hinders the growth of bacteria. On the other hand, studies have shown the ability of some types of honey to combat the growth of dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria, although its mechanism of action is not completely clear so far.


Reducing cough and sore throat: Therefore, many people tend to use it as a component of tea when they suffer from sore throat and cough, and the results of a study conducted by Penn State University in 2007 confirmed that parents found a more powerful effect when using buckwheat honey in relieving cough at night for children. People with an upper respiratory infection, compared to one of the cough medicines, Dextromethorphan.


The nutritional value of honeycomb

The following table shows the nutritional value of 100 grams of honeycomb


Nutrient

Quantity

Calories

304 calories

water

17.10 ml

sugars

82.12 grams

Dietary fiber

0.2 grams

Protein

0.3 grams

Fats

0 g

carbohydrates

82.40 grams

zinc

0.22 milligrams

Iron

0.42 milligrams

Calcium

6 milligrams

potassium

52 milligrams

Vitamin B12

0 µg

Caffeine

0 milligrams

phosphorous

4 milligrams

 

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