Various studies have linked honey consumption to weight loss. A study at San Diego State University showed that replacing sugar with honey can actually help prevent obesity and also lower blood sugar. The results also suggest that compared to sugar, honey can lower serum triglycerides.
Honey contains bee pollen, which is known to remove infections, provides a natural antiallergic effect and boosts overall immunity. Honey’s ability to prevent allergies is based on a concept called immunotherapy. How does it work? Bees in your neighborhood go from flower to flower, picking pollen that causes allergies. But when you consume local unprocessed honey, you also consume the same local pollen. Over time, one who has allergies may become less sensitive to this pollen that has previously caused problems.
A 2013 study showed that eating honey in moderation (one gram per kilogram of body weight of honey per day) can improve allergy symptoms for a period of only eight weeks. The researchers concluded that consuming honey was associated with milder overall and individual symptoms of allergic rhinitis. Allergic rhinitis is an allergy symptom that causes itching, tearing and sneezing.
Natural source of energy
Honey contains natural sugars (80 percent), water (18 percent) and minerals, vitamins, pollen and protein (2 percent). Not surprisingly, honey has been called the “perfect fuel”. It provides easy-to-absorb glycogen making it ideal for a morning energy start as well as a source of energy before and after exercise.
Antioxidant power plant
Studies have shown that a daily dose of raw honey increases the level of antioxidants that improve the health of the body. Antioxidants help block the free radicals in the body that cause various diseases and aging. It also strengthens the immune system, acting as a preventive against a number of diseases and infections. Honey contains polyphenols, which are powerful antioxidants that have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.
Suitable for diabetics
Consuming unprocessed honey can reduce the risk of developing diabetes. And increase the efficacy of the drugs used to control diabetes. The combination of honey and cinnamon can be especially useful for controlling blood sugar levels as well as for dealing with many other health problems such as gingivitis and acne.