The benefits of honey
Benefits of honey. According to a preliminary study published in the “Journal of Medicinal Food” (2004; 1:100-7), regular consumption of honey may reduce the risk of heart disease. Several scientific studies showed that consumption of honey can lower blood pressure, which is one cause of heart disease.
Some people think that consuming honey can cause obesity, high LDL levels and high blood pressure resulting in heart disease. Why? Because they think that honey has a sweet taste that comes from sucrose, glucose and fructose. As we know that excessive consumption of sucrose may increase the risk of obesity, insulin resistance and high blood pressure. Sucrose also reduces HDL levels and increase triglyceride levels. Fructose has the same effect with sucrose.
This is the miracle honey, sugar contained in honey such as sucrose, glucose and fructose is actually healthy. Bees produce pure honey, by sucking sugar-rich flower nectar, but bees process the sugar in their stomachs first. After nectar is processed into honey in the body of the bees, then the bees release honey from their abdomen.
So sugars contained in honey has been processed by the bees in their stomach first, so the honey can seep directly into our blood. Based on scientific research, honey can seep into the blood about 10 minutes. It can be proved, if we were tired after the workout and then drink pure honey, then your body will quickly refreshed.
Several chemicals in the blood can be used to monitor the risk level of heart disease.
Several years earlier, the level of cholesterol and LDL (bad cholesterol) has been used to monitor risk level of heart disease, and recently homeocysteine and C-reactive protein (CRP) have been added as the cause factor of heart disease. People with high levels of homeocysteine have a high risk of heart disease, cancer and some other dangerous diseases.
Result of this experiment shows that people who consume honey regularly, they have lower levels of cholesterol, LDL and triglycerides, but not for those who drank glucose and artificial honey.
After 15 days of this experiment, people who consume honey, the levels of HDL (good cholesterol) are increased, and the level of homeocysteine is lowered. Effects of honey consumption every day for 15 days, for people who have high cholesterol levels are: total cholesterol decreased by 8%, LDL (bad cholesterol) decreased by 11%, and CRP decreased to 57%.
Results this study recommend that honey has a positive effect for patients with heart disease. In a short time, honey can reduce cholesterol and the most dramatic is reduction in CRP levels in people who have high cholesterol levels. Apparently, CRP has an important role in the case of heart disease other than cholesterol.
So consume sucrose, glucose and fructose may increase the risk of heart disease, this study recommends to consume honey, because honey is not only safe but also healthy for heart.
Translated by www.binaapiari.com: Maureen Williams, ND. Recived her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennnsylvania and her Docctorate of Naturopathic from Bastyr Univesity in Seattle, WA. She has a private practice in Quechee, VT, and does extensive work with traditional herb medicine in Guatemala and Honduras. Dr. Williams is a regular contributor to Healthnotes Newswire.