Honey’s Other Amazing Health Benefits
We’ve touched on honey’s many amazing health benefits previously, but there’s just so much to it that it is hard to include everything in just one post! Today I wanted to go over a few more of this amazing sweet substance’s beneficial properties. Honey can be enjoyed for more than just its sweet flavor! It’s good for your health too!
A Great Source Of Phytonutrients
One thing that makes honey stand out among other natural sweeteners is its phytonutrient contents. These compounds are found in plants and help to protect them from environmental stressors such as ultraviolet radiation and insects.
Phytonutrients can do more than protect us from bugs though. These phytonutrients are where the many amazing antioxidants in honey are sourced from, and give honey its anti-fungal and antibacterial superpowers! It is believed that honey gets its anticancer and immunity boosting properties as a result of these phytonutrients as well.
It is important when shopping for honey that you select an unprocessed, raw variety, as the heavy processing that cheaper garden variety honey goes through can destroy these amazing nutrients!
Improves Our Digestive Health
Honey can be used with great effect to treat many issues with the digestive system. Studies have shown honey to be an effective treatment against the H. Pylori bacteria, commonly responsible for stomach ulcers though more research is needed to verify it’s other purported digestive benefits.
Aside from its use as a treatment for digestive issues, honey can be used as a prebiotic supplement of sorts, in order to feed the good bacteria that resides in your gut. These beneficial bacteria are not only important for your digestion but your health overall!
Improves Sleep Quality
Most people would think having something as sweet and sugary as honey before bed would inhibit a good night’s sleep but they’d be mistaken! Taking 1 to 2 tablespoons of honey before bed may improve your sleep quality to a significant degree. The way this works is that the sugars found in honey raise your insulin levels ever so slightly which allows the amino acid tryptophan to more easily enter our brains. Tryptophan is one of the amino acids that help to make us feel tired.
I could go on and on about all the different amazing benefits honey has to offer us! Whether you’re cooking with honey, rubbing it on your feet, or just eating it by the spoonful; you’re bound to get something from this miracle substance!