Beneficial effect of honey on the human body is diverse. However, in many ways, its impact on physiological processes is still not well understood. It is known for the following:
honey is a great high-calorie food product (100 g of honey provide about 350 kcal). Delicious and aromatic by itself, it improves the taste of food;
well absorbed and assimilated. Easier to digest in the body than regular sugar, honey is a valuable dietary product;
has a dual action on appetite: reinforces weakened, inhibits the increased. In two ways it acts on the secretory function of the stomach: or raises it, or lowers depending on the method and conditions of application;
has a normalizing and laxative effect on the bowel with sluggish peristalsis and constipation, especially in combination With wheat bran;
after suffering some infectious diseases (dysentery, salmonellosis, etc.) and treatment with relevant antibiotics in the intestine of the patient, as a rule, disturbed the normal balance between the naturally coexisting with the human microflora and accidental adverse to the body bacteria: there is bacteria overgrowth. The use of honey in combination with acidophilus milk and other dairy products helps to restore the normal state of intestinal microflora. This normalizing effect of honey can be used in fermentative and putrefactive processes in the intestines, causing excessive gas and bloating. Especially effective than the combination of honey with drugs such as colibacterin bifikol, bifidum-bakterin, Lactobacterin;
the rapid absorption of honey in the gut and enter the liver provide stimulation of diverse its functions, has a positive effect on the cardiovascular and nervous system;
increased metabolic processes, tangible improvements in muscle performance and contractile activity of the heart at a regular daily intake is sugar 100-150 g of honey;
protivotoksicheskoe action of catalase of honey, neutralizing hydrogen peroxide, which is formed in the human body because of the impact of various adverse factors: bacterial and viral diseases, sudden weather changes, stress, fatigue etc. hydrogen Peroxide, stopping in the liver cells and red blood cells, disrupts their livelihoods; according to many scientists, regular consumption of honey not only promotes well-being and health, but also to preserve youth, prolong life;
in different countries the honey is traditionally used as an antidote in cases of poisoning plant, animal and mineral poisons. In folk medicine, a few spoons of honey with cold water or warm tea are used as antidote against snake bites and rabid dogs, with food poisoning;
natural bee honey has strong antimicrobial properties, sometimes even stronger than antibiotics. 9-10% solution of honey kills many of the microbes after 24-48 h. the Nature of these properties is interpreted in different ways: sugars, organic acids, enzymes, inhibin, and glucose-oxidase. Honey has antibiotics — volatile, inhibiting the proliferation of certain pyogenic bacteria, in particular staphylococci and streptococci, as well as some protozoa, the causative agents Trichomonas diseases. These substances are easily destroyed during storage of honey in the sun and when heated. But in spite of this, honey can survive pathogenic or conventionally pathogenic for humans microorganisms — causative agents of food poisoning — Salmonella, and Proteus; in Egypt, Syria, and Ancient Greece antimicrobial properties of honey used in conjunction with wax for embalming. Only thanks to honey the body of Alexander the great was preserved for over 300 years. And in the Egyptian pyramids near the town of Giza in a vessel with honey was found well-preserved body of a baby 800 years ago;
honey has been used successfully and is currently used for conservation of various plant and animal foods, such as butter. To do this in a clean glass jar, smeared inside with honey, stacked oil and pour the honey in a layer of 2-3 cm In such conditions, the oil even at a temperature of + 20°C can be stored up to 6 months. In this way it is possible to preserve other foods. The ancient Romans were preserved with honey, roots, flowers, seeds, meat and even a rare game, delivered from distant conquered countries. The Arabs now, in our days, to protect the meat from rotting can in honey;
revealed also a favorable stimulatory effect of honey, or rather, its biogenic stimulators, overall health, mental and physical human performance, so as the honey promotes vasodilation of the brain and the heart than improves the nervous and endocrine systems. This action of honey is enhanced with trace elements and biogenic stimulants, activating, according to academician Filatov, activity of enzymes of tissue respiration and enhances the overall vitality of the body.
In addition, the established and biological activity of honey, it is found growth substances — BIOS, or growth factor. So, if you cut the branches of trees treated with a solution of honey and then put in the ground, they quickly take root. Aqueous solution of honey gives life foiled the branches of Jasmine, arborvitae, maple, boxwood, and other plants. Growth substances stimulate the growth of healthy cells in the tissues of humans and animals, increase their reproduction. Growth of malignant cells they do not cause.
Before using a particular recipe, you need to know about some of the subtleties in the choice of honey.
How to determine the quality of honey you buy? Demand the seller a certificate of quality issued by the laboratory. In this identity note diastase number (this is the enzyme that bees secrete to rassheplenia starch). For acacia honey it can't be less than 7, for the spring honey - 13, buckwheat honey has a diastase - order 24-39. If you are trying to sell warmed honey, then this number will be much less. Also ID pay attention to humidity. It should not exceed 21%.
You can offer honey collected by bees not from the flowers, and sugar syrup. Naturally, this honey is useful not name.
Often people think that if honey is sugar - then got old and benefit from it do not wait. It is not so. The fact that the period of time the honey is practically unlimited. Known, for example, is the fact that even the honey found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs, and retained their quality.
When you apply honey should know that it loses its therapeutic properties when heated. Already at 50 degrees in the sweet product is destroyed all the nutrients - enzymes, vitamins. So remember before you drink a Cup of hot tea with honey that it will be useful, if the water temperature is not above 40 degrees.
Another point to consider in the treatment of med. Many believe this product and use low-calorie instead of sugar. Of course, as a source of energy honey is perfect for our body better. But let's compare. In 100 grams of honey - 330 calories. And 100 grams of sugar - 390. Not such a big difference. Beneficial action of honey:
alkalizing effect for internal use, providing optimal conditions for the antitoxic function of the liver;
bactericidal activity against certain pyogenic bacteria: staphylococci, streptococci, and some protozoan pathogens of the mucous membranes;
anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic effect;
the preservative activity against various substances of vegetable and animal origin;
the presence of a growth factor that increases the reproduction of healthy cells;