HISTORY OF HONEY
Honey has been around for centuries. As of recent times, archeologists have actually found honey in ancient Egyptian tombs. The honey is thousands of years old and is still edible, it is found to have preserved over the millennia. In fact, archeologists have found rock paintings of honey harvesting, dating back more than 8000 years. For more history on honey and ancient Egyptian times, check this article out.
After a lot of investigation, it was found that honey was actually used to heal wounds after battles, especially in the Romans battles. And especially in the medieval times. It was believed that the antiseptic properties in honey encouraged healing patterns. In these times, honey was used as an alternative healing salve and as a dressing for wounds. Honey was also used as a remedy for throat infections.
I think we have all been told by our parents and grandparents to have a hot lemon drink with Manuka honey when we have a cold or flu. This is actually because of the antibacterial and antimicrobial properties carried by honey. The lemon and honey work together to decongest and soothe sore throats.
NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS OF HONEY
Good quality honey is quite rich in antioxidants. In fact, antioxidants are perfect for helping reduce heart attacks, strokes, blood pressure and some cancers. In talking about heart diseases, honey is also found to help improve cholesterol. Cholesterol is the fatty buildup that can lead to heart diseases, heart attacks and strokes. For more information on nutritional benefits of honey, check out this article.
In a recent study by Louay Labban, experts have said that “honey has antibacterial effects, attributed to its high osmolarity, low pH, hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) content, and content of other uncharacterized compounds.” In other words, honey is regarded “as an antimicrobial agent with the ability to promote wound healing”. The complex substance is so well-established that healing times for moderate superficial burns and wounds are actually improved when honey is used as a conventional dressing.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR DIABETICS?
Honey shows a number of health benefits for diabetics. An advantage to diabetics using honey is its ability to reduce heart diseases, which is especially prevalent for type 2 diabetics. The idea that honey is ‘less bad’ than sugar should be taken with caution though. Honey still has the ability to increase blood sugar levels as it is still just as sweet as granular sugar. Healthline explain more about this here.
However, honey has also been shown to improve some other issues that diabetics face. In particular, “25% of people diagnosed with diabetes will develop a Diabetic Foot Ulcers (DFU) during their lifetime”. Research has demonstrated that honey has the healing properties to actually treat DFU’s. Check out more information here.
HONEY ON WOUNDS
There’s a number of health benefits for honey. From superficial wounds, to sore throats, honey is a very versatile remedy for many medicinal issues. Honey is beginning to be used in modern wound care as recent evidence-based research is proving the worth of Manuka honey in wound care.
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