Honey has been around for thousands of years and is well known for its various uses, not just in cooking but also in alternative medicine. But did you know that honey is the only thing on Earth that you can eat even if it is already thousands of years old? Amazing, isn’t it? That’s because honey does not spoil since most microorganisms don’t grow in it! That should give you a clue about its many wonderful uses in naturopathy…
Here are top 4 surprising health benefits of Honey
1. Helps Control Blood Sugar
While it is a sweet food and something that you might want to stay away from if you have diabetes, honey is actually good for those suffering from diabetes – as long as taken in moderation, of course! The combination of glucose and fructose in this sweet food helps control sugar levels in the blood, as strange as that might sound, really.
But if you think combining artificial glucose and fructose will give you the same effect, don’t even feel tempted to do that! Even with its simple sugars, honey’s natural composition is still much different and more beneficial than artificial sugars.
2. Helps Relieve Sore Throat
Again, the sweetness of honey might not be something you’d think would ease a sore throat but it actually can! Honey helps soothe your sore throat as well as reduce irritation due to the common cold.
3. Helps Increase Athletic Performance
Because honey helps maintain glycogen levels and improves recovery time, it actually helps increase athletic performance – proof of this can be seen in the ancient athletes eating honey and dried figs to enhance their performance.
4. Helps Strengthen the Immune System
Thanks to its anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, honey improves the immune system and helps you combat infections.