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16 oz Of Honey Requires 1152 Bees To Travel 112,000 Miles

16 oz Of Honey Requires 1152 Bees To Travel 112,000 Miles
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The astonishing labour given by bees to create a jar’s worth of honey is illustrated by the above. But honey is far more than sweetness. It is also considered to be the food with the world’s longest shelf life. Honey is truly an astonishing substance. Here are some of the potential health benefits of honey, as reported by the scientific studies referenced at the foot of the article:

Source Of Nutrients: Honey is a very good source of nutrients that can improve health. Honey is a rich source of vitamins including niacin, ascorbic acid, pantothenic acid, and minerals such as copper, iron, potassium, and zinc. Honey contains no fiber, protein, or fat.

Antioxidants: Honey has many antioxidants that include gluconic acid, ascorbic acid, and flavonoids. [1] Antioxidants reduce the cellular damage caused fro oxidative stress and reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and cancers.

Decrease Heart Disease: Honey is rich in phenolic compounds, which act as antioxidants. These phenolic compounds have been linked with a lower risk of coronary heart disease as it improves coronary vasodilation, decreasing the ability of platelets to form clots, and preventing low-density lipids. [2]

Improve Cholesterol: Honey decreases the level of (bad) LDL cholesterol and increases the level of (good) HDL cholesterols in the body. [3] LDL cholesterol is a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases and plays a major role in atherosclerosis which ultimately results in high risk of heart attack and stroke.

Promotes Wound Healing: A study has found honey to be more effective in healing burn wounds than other conventional treatments including polyurethane film, sterile line, and paraffin-gauze. [4] Honey’s value as a topical antibacterial has been knowing since ancient times; historically, honey was applied topically to treat wounds in ancient Egypt.

Cough Treatment: Honey can be used to treat symptomatic cough in children and adults. A study had found that honey may be a preferable treatment for nocturnal cough in children and sleep difficulty associated with upper respiratory tract infection. [5]

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References:

[1] Gheldof, N., X.H. Wang, and N.J. Engeseth, Identification and quantification of antioxidant components of honeys from various floral sources. J Agric Food Chem, 2002. 50(21): p. 5870-7. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12358452/

[2] Khalil, M.I. and S.A. Sulaiman, The potential role of honey and its polyphenols in preventing heart diseases: a review. Afr J Tradit Complement Altern Med, 2010. 7(4): p. 315-21. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21731163/

[3] Al-Waili, N.S., Natural honey lowers plasma glucose, C-reactive protein, homocysteine, and blood lipids in healthy, diabetic, and hyperlipidemic subjects: comparison with dextrose and sucrose. J Med Food, 2004. 7(1): p. 100-7. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15117561/

[4] Jull, A.B., et al., Honey as a topical treatment for wounds. Cochrane Database Syst Rev, 2015(3): p. Cd005083. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25742878/

[5] Paul, I.M., et al., Effect of honey, dextromethorphan, and no treatment on nocturnal cough and sleep quality for coughing children and their parents. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med, 2007. 161(12): p. 1140-6. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18056558/