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The Benefits of Honey - The Health Facts!

Honey is probably the best recognised apicultural product. It has been establish
ed by analysis that honey contains more than 180 different nutritional substance
Honey is probably the best recognised apicultural product, it is a substance tha
t the bees produce by an elaborate procedure of refinement, where they ingest th
e nectar and deposit it in their stomach, then return to the colony to surrender
it, disgorging repeated times;in this process fermentations, acid and albumen a
re added to the nectar. It incorporates most of the necessary mineral constituen
ts that our body needs. It has been established by analysis that honey contains
more than 180 different nutritional substances.
Beekeeping, or apiculture, is a very old activity. Evidence from Egypt, Mesopota
mia and Greece describe ancient beekeeping and honey is also mentioned in the Bi
ble. It was regarded as sacred, and was also used to pay taxes and debts. As wel
l as all this, it was employed as a medium to draw and paint with also. Honey co
ntains proteins, and indispensable minerals and vitamins. It is an energating fo
od, and is also known for its medicinal and therapeutic properties. Honey is eas
ily digested and readily assimilated by humans, comprising a healthy source of e
Honey consumed as food is important for the balance of the biological process of
the organism. It contains glucose and fructose, which goes directly into the bl
ood, becoming an energetic product. Honey can be used as food, as a natural swee
tener and as medicine. After repeated use, it helps in the control of rheumatism
and arthritis, prevents many types of respiratory disorders, and aids the diges
tion. Honey may also be used on the skin and is a constituent for some shampoos.
It is used extensively in the cosmetic industry as well (creams, cleaning facem
asks, tonics, etc.) because of its astringent and emollient qualities.
Eating honey will improve your quality of life, as it stimulates and increases p
hysical resistance; it is somewhat sedative, and is often used by insomniacs to
help them sleep naturally without the use of drugs; it assists in healing, it is
anti-septic, digestive and laxative, helping in the treatment of gastritis; it
is also an expectorant, combatting coughs. Used externally, it can accelerate th
e healing of injuries and minor burnings, in addition to hydrating the skin.
With honey - and nothing else, Nigerian doctors were able to cure grievous wound
s, burnings and ulcerations of skin in 59 patients, which were previously treate
d with conventional treatments using antibiotics with no substantial results. Fi
rst, the doctors collected samplings of the injuries to be analyzed in the labor
atory. The ensuing results showed that the infections were caused by common bact
eria - therefore being more resistant to conventional treatment - as the Pseudom
onad, found often in infections. As a result of these findings honey was applied
to the affected areas. One week later, there were no signs of dangerous bacteri
a in subsequent laboratory tests. For the reason that it is very slightly acid,
exceedingly sticky and absorbs water, the honey cleansed the wounds, decreased t
heir size and protected them from fresh infections. According to the Nigerian do
ctors, honey also has the attribute of being a bactericidal agent.
It has been found to be very effective in preventing, controlling, or even curin
g the following maladies:
Respiratory diseases;
Intestinal disturbances;
Digestive disturbances;
Throat irritation;
Urinary irritation;
Irritation of the eyes;
Dental caries;
Illnesses of the liver;
Rheumatic pains;
Physical fatigue;
Skin burn;
Stomach ulcer; etc.
The flavour, fragrance and coloring of the honey will vary according to its orig
in, depending upon the type of flower or blossom the bee has taken the nectar fr
om to manufacture it. The climate, humidity and even the elevation contributing
to a particular honey, as well as the type of soil. Just as wines vary, dependin
g upon the variety of grape used, and the situation of the vineyard. Generally,
a clear honey demonstrates weak flavour and fragrance, Whilst a honey of a darke
r color is richer in proteins and minerals.
For information: honey is less fattening than sugar, and is a preferred choice f
or athletes. The medical profession is agreed that honey is one of the the best
sources of carbohydrates and energy for athletes , and indeed most people.
About the author
Chris Haycock has been fascinated by bees and the world of beekeeping since fall
ing into a ditch as a young boy and getting badly stung. If you would like to kn
ow more about bees and beekeeping it would probably be worthwhile to go to:
To Your Health
Mark Weaver