Honey is a product with many health benefits and is used less than it should
The honey is a natural product viscous, sweet and which produce bees from the nectar of flowers. We often use it for breakfast by pouring it on toast or yogurts, but the truth is that it is a product with infinite health benefits and that it is used less than it should be.
The bees, natural production, are not just a small insect, but they are one of the most important animals in the world. Their hives, divided into cells, have a queen in charge of laying eggs (when it has been fertilized by a drone) so that new workers are born. These are the true workers, since since they are born they have different tasks such as making wax, cleaning, feeding, caring for and collecting nectar, to carry it and to create honey.
Where does honey come from?
Although we are used to seeing this product in its liquid state, a solid (hard) honey is another sign of purity, as this shows that it has not been overheated or freeze-dried. In addition, there are other types that are called "melatos" because instead of being made of flower nectar, they are produced by the sweating of some plants or trees such as oak or holm oak, since they are 'attacked' by an aphid that drills leaves, stems or fruits and makes them bleed a sweet resin, very similar to nectar and that they also make and store in the combs.
To know a little more about this product so beneficial to health, Vozpópuli has contacted Gregorio and Eva Martínez, two beekeepers from Guatemala who are father and daughter and who have been with a small family business for years, 'La ciudad de la honey '. "The one of the Alcarria mainly comes from flowers such as rosemary, thyme, sage, lavender or jedrea, something that makes it unique", reveals the young woman.
According to its floral origin, this product has an infinity of components, all of them beneficial to our health. It is mainly composed of carbohydrates such as glucose, fructose or sucrose. All these sugars are inverted, so our body can assimilate them directly without having to transform them. " Cane or beet sugar, in addition to being subjected to industrial processes, the body must transform them in order to assimilate them, " says the professional.
There are some honeys that are high in glucose or fructose, depending on their floral origin, so finding out about their composition can be essential for some people with sugar problems, since it is possible that depending on the type that predominates, it can be swindle. "It must be remembered that this natural product has about three times more sweetening power than sugar, " says Eva.
Honey and its many benefits
Surely on many occasions you have heard someone who is older say that if you take honey, you will get sick less and that life expectancy will be longer. And it is that its extensive natural properties are supported by countless scientific studies. The last one, published by the University of Oxford, states that it would be even more effective as a medicine to end colds than any antibiotic they can prescribe.
"It’s antibiotic and emollient power is always used for the treatment of wounds, burns and ulcers because its content contains a substance with an antimicrobial effect called inhibin. In fact, it can be used as a medicine for external use due to its antiseptic properties. For example, to help prevent infections or to improve healing”, explains the young woman.
In addition, in research published in the British Medical Journal, to determine whether honey affected the treatment of acute diarrhea in children in any way, scientists found that it shortened the duration of this change in bowel movements in infants and children small, and that it could be used safely as a substitute for glucose in oral rehydration solution.
And not only that, there are studies that suggest it can be helpful in minimizing seasonal allergies and reflux. A publication in the British Medical Journal ensures that honey, being 125.9 times more viscous than distilled water at 37ºC, is useful for preventing gastroesophageal reflux disease. "It is also a great cough medicine because it relieves and reduces its frequency, " reveals Martínez.
Although much remains to be investigated, some research is beginning to emerge on the effects of propolis in people infected with coronavirus. This natural antibiotic created by bees based on resins to cover cracks in hives also has healing, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antiallergic and anesthetic properties. " Since the beginning of the pandemic we have noticed that its commercialization has increased a lot, " reveals Eva.
"It has so many benefits that it will never harm us. It is very effective against colds, flu processes, sore throat, pharyngitis and is useful at the preventive level because it also repairs irritated mucous membranes and relieves coughs and congestion", adds the beekeeper.
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