Honey is a natural sweetener that has been used for centuries to heal wounds and infections. In the modern world, honey is still one of the most important ingredients in traditional medicines. From Turkey to China, honey is widely used in traditional medicines. It works as a powerful antibacterial agent and an excellent topical dressing for cuts and burns. For more than 5,000 years, people have used honey to treat a variety of medical conditions including coughs, sore throat, colds, ulcers, arthritis and many more. It’s also been said that when eaten with bread it can help combat diabetes. Honey has also been shown to be an effective treatment for burns.
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What is Honey?
Honey is a sweet, sticky liquid made by bees and is composed of honeydew (a plant), pollen and water. The number of strands in honey varies depending on the type of bee and it’s colonies. Commercial hives are divided into four main categories:
1) Queen hives that produce an average of 20-30 pounds per day
2) Worker hives that produce between 5-10 pounds per day
3) Hiving queens that produce about 1 or 2 pounds per day, but can be reared to produce up to 10 pounds
4) Honeybees that produce less than 1 pound per day.
Honey as a Medicine
For centuries, honey has been used as a medicine for treating a variety of medical conditions. It’s said to be so effective because it contains an antibacterial agent that helps fight bacterial infections. Honey also works as an excellent topical dressing for cuts and burns because its high water content makes it hydrated and therefore easy to apply.
In the modern world, honey is used as a natural remedy for many different ailments including:
Gum disease (xerostomia)
Insect bites/stings/insect stings
Cold sores/cystitis (a bacterial infection of the female genital tract)
Blisters on the skin of the mouth or throat due to cold weather or sunburn (facial blisters)
Honey and Weight Loss
In the past, people would eat honey as an easy and convenient way to lose weight. Of course, honey doesn’t have a lot of calories so you don’t need to consume it all day long to see results. This is because you’ll burn off the calories with regular exercise. Studies have shown that regular consumption of honey can help you lose weight by helping you feel full on fewer calories than usual.
One study found that participants who consumed 63 grams of honey every day lost 1.5 pounds over 12 weeks. Another study from California University found that women who ate 55 grams of honey a day lost 4 pounds over 3 months! The bottom line? Honey can help you lose weight if your goal is to do so naturally in the comfort of your own home!
Honey and Diabetes
Diabetes is a disease that affects the way your body handles sugar. Symptoms of diabetes can range from mild to severe, and can be triggered by different factors. There are three main types of diabetes: type 1 (juvenile) diabetes, type 2 (adult) diabetes and gestational diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is caused by an autoimmune attack on the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. These attacks occur when certain viruses or other infections cause inflammation in the pancreas, setting off a vicious cycle. Type 2 diabetes is caused by overuse of insulin by people with poor blood sugar control or who are overweight or obese. Many people with type 2 diabetes also have fatty deposits surrounding their arteries that can increase their risk of a stroke or heart attack because they don’t get enough blood flow through their hearts and blood vessels. Gestational diabetes occurs when women become pregnant before becoming pregnant, which triggers high blood sugar levels that may cause miscarriage, stillbirths and premature delivery. This disease mostly affects girls who are born to mothers with gestational diabetes but men also may develop it during their youth if they drink too much alcohol during pregnancy or if they eat too many sweets while pregnant.