National Honey Month- What Makes Honey So Great
September is National Honey Month, so it is the perfect time to take a look at all of the health benefits of raw honey. Raw honey is a great natural sweetener, and unlike processed honey, it does not get stripped of its nutritional value and health powers. Honey can help you manage a healthy weight, assist with sleep problems, improves energy levels and even alleviate seasonal allergies.
There have been studies done that link honey consumption with weight loss, as replacing sugar with raw honey can help stop weight gain and lower blood sugar. In another study, it was found that raw honey can activate hormones that suppress the appetite. Researchers conclude that eating honey offer potential obesity protective effects, and is a great healthy substitute for sugar.
A Better Night’s Sleep
Raw honey can also help with sleep problems, as it fosters the release of melatonin in the brain. When you consume honey, it creates a small spike in insulin levels, which stimulates the release of tryptophan in the brain. This then converts to serotonin, which is then converted to melatonin, which helps controls your sleep cycle. And since poor sleep can result in obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease, raw honey naturally lowers the risk of these health problems.
Raw honey is a natural energy source that is made up of 80 percent natural sugar, 18 percent water and 2 percent vitamins, pollen and protein. It provides an easily absorbed supply of energy that is perfect for energetic mornings as well as a pre and post-exercise energy source. This makes honey great for fueling and recovery and is ideal for pre-workout snacks and post-workout meals.
Bee pollen, found in raw honey, is known to help fight infections, provide allergy relief and boost overall immunity. Honey can prevent allergies because bees collect the pollen that cause you to suffer from seasonal allergies, and when you consume local honey you could potentially consume the same pollen that is causing your allergies. After consuming the local honey for a while, you may become desensitized to the pollen triggering your allergies and experience fewer symptoms.
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