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Honey For Your Health

By Anna Lynn Sibal

A number of us probably have memories of our mothers feeding us a teaspoon of raw honey at night before we go to bed. This is aside from the glob of honey we find topping our pancakes for breakfast in the morning, on the tarts and in the pies that we had for snacks in the afternoon, and on whatever dessert that was concocted for dinner the evening, not to mention the honey mixed in the lemonade or iced tea that we drank whenever we are thirsty.

Our mothers may have had more in mind than just making our meals tasty by adding honey into them. It is more than likely that they wanted us to develop strong and healthy bodies. That is because a single teaspoon of raw honey is jam-packed with vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that are essential for the bodyís health. Such a dose of honey is much, much better than popping a multivitamin tablet that can be bought over the counter in the neighborhood pharmacy.

Honey is also rich in antioxidants that help fight a number of diseases. Antioxidants are compounds that counteract the effects of free radicals in the body; free radicals are highly reactive molecular compounds that cause mutations in the cellís DNA. When the DNA of a cell starts to mutate, the mutation leads to diseases such as cancer, Parkinsonís disease and Alzheimerís disease. Free radicals also accelerate the bodyís aging process. All these ailments are fought by antioxidants, of which honey contains abundantly.

Carbohydrates are found in high levels in honey, which makes honey a good energy source for the body. So, it is a good idea for athletes to take in honey before they practice their sport. Athletes, however, are not the only ones who can take advantage of the energy that honey gives to the body. Gym rats who want to have a good turn at their workout routine would get the energy burst they need from consuming a little honey before they start pumping.

With honey, people suffering from diabetes can also enjoy sweet things without a lot of the dangers that sugar poses to them. Of course, a person with diabetes should consult his or her doctor first before indulging in foods laced with honey.

Another medicinal property that makes honey so awesome is that honey makes for a great antiseptic. That is because honey is osmotic, meaning that it takes water into itself, leaving little to none in which bacteria and other microorganisms can live and grow. When diluted with water, honey also gets to activate its hydrogen peroxide content, which is an effective killer of bacteria and other germs.

The antiseptic properties of honey can be applied in many ways. A mixture of honey and warm water, with a little dash of lemon, would do wonders for sore throat. Honey can also serve as a disinfecting ointment in treating wounds and sores. It is said that wounds and sores applied topically with honey do not leave any scarring on the skin.

So, honey is not just a tasty treat that our mothers used to feed us. It is something we can all enjoy in order to be healthy.