Did you know that September is National Honey Month? Honey is a real superfood, created from beginning to end in nature. Honey has been used for thousands of years, dating back to the ancient Egyptians who used it to treat and heal wounds, says WebMD. Today it’s favored not only for its sweetness, but for its nutritional and medicinal properties. Honey has so many benefits, it was a struggle to pick just a few for this post. Here are the top three:
- Some types of honey have been found to contain antioxidants (the darker the honey the more antioxidants it typically contains), which can help fight cell damage that may increase the risk for diseases like cancer, heart disease, etc. The American Heart Association recommends that most women consume no more than 25 grams or (6 teaspoons) of total added sugar per day (that’s about 100 calories worth).
- Honey can help speed up the healing process in burns and minor cuts. How? Honey is a natural antibiotic that can act both internally and externally. It can be used as a conventional treatment for wounds and burns by disinfecting them from major species of bacteria.
- Honey can be a health aid for sleepless nights. Similar to sugar, honey can cause a rise in insulin and release serotonin — a neurotransmitter that improves mood and happiness. The body converts serotonin into melatonin, a chemical compound that regulates the length and the quality of sleep. Honey’s steady rise in insulin causes the tryptophan in honey to enter the brain, where it’s then converted into serotonin and then melatonin, thereby increasing the quality and length of your sleep.
The United Refuah community wishes you a sweet new year, and happy dipping! 😊