Known as a golden, sweet, sticky byproduct of bees, honey has been a staple of many people for thousands of years. It’s one of the few products of nature that have a plethora of medicinal uses as well as high nutritional value. In fact, there’s no other product that does as much for the human body as honey does. Here, Gabriela Bratkovics White Plains discusses the health benefits of honey she has learned over the years.1,2
“Honey is one of the most versatile products in the world,” begins Gabriela Bratkovics White Plains. Not only has it been around since ancient times, raw honey never expires, she says. That makes it good for many things.
Raw honey is simply honey that hasn’t been processed, explains Gabriela Bratkovics White Plains. That means it hasn’t been filtered to remove the impurities that it may contain. Adults can handle the few bacteria that unprocessed honey contains, although it shouldn’t be given to children under the age of two, says Gabriela Bratkovics White Plains.
Raw honey has a lot of nutritional value, Gabriela says. It contains mostly sugars but many nutrients and a wide variety of vitamins and minerals that the body needs. Gabriela Bratkovics White Plains says since it’s mostly sugar, it gives us energy from a natural, healthy source unlike processed table sugar. She says many people use honey as a substitute for sweetener since it’s fewer calories, and it’s a staple of many dieters because of this.
It’s also known to lower triglycerides, due to its inherent chemical makeup as well as the many antioxidants it contains. Ingesting fewer triglycerides results in lower cholesterol numbers, explains Gabriela Bratkovics White Plains, while the antioxidants provide your body with many known nutrients. “I’m sure there are even more nutrients in it that we don’t even know about yet,” she adds.
Honey has been known to improve sleep quality and help with insomnia, says Gabriela Bratkovics White Plains. Just a tablespoon or two before bed with a glass of warm milk will satisfy any hunger cravings and make you sleep like a baby, she adds. That’s due to the sugars in the honey which help your body produce tryptophan, she explains. This is related to serotonin and melatonin which are your body’s natural sleep aids.
Honey is also supposed to be better for diabetics, Gabriela Bratkovics White Plains says. She says the body doesn’t recognize honey the same way it does processed sugar, so it doesn’t affect insulin levels like sugar does. “It does affect your sugar levels some,” she says, so don’t go crazy with it.
If you have a cold, Gabriela Bratkovics White Plains says, honey is great to decrease the mucus, and it helps with a cough as well. Many people are now using honey instead of expensive cough syrup, she explains, and they are getting all the nutritional benefits as well.
“Another great thing I love about honey is its antiseptic properties,” says Gabriela Bratkovics White Plains. People have used it for centuries for topical wounds, she adds. It’s also great for sunburns, she says, as it’s one of the best moisturizers around.
Gabriela Bratkovics White Plains says she enjoys beekeeping and knowing she’s helping the environment by helping the bees, but the added benefit of harvesting literally gallons of honey each year3 makes it especially enjoyable.