In this modern age where the concept of reducing the intake of sugar is gaining importance and people across all walks of life prefer to substitute sugar with sugar-free substances, the importance of honey as a sweetener is losing ground.
One more thing that supports the alienation of honey is the fact that honey, in comparison with sugar, does not have more nutrients. Traceable amounts of vitamin B, minerals and amino acids present in honey are just the same as available in plain sugar. Moreover, a single tablespoon of honey contains as much as 1,110 kilojoules of sweet content in comparison to just 815 kilojoules in a tablespoon of plain white sugar.
In the circumstances, should we discard honey once and for all from our consumption? Do not jump to such conclusions at once? Honey has some unique medicinal properties that are worth considering before discarding it altogether.
Before considering the unique medicinal benefits of honey, let us dwell for a minute on how we get this honey. Honey is nothing but the remains of the nectar collected from the flowers after moisture in the nectar evaporates. In addition to sugars such as fructose and dextrose, honey contains little amounts of pollen, proteins, wax, minerals and vitamins. In order to collect the nectar from the flowers, transport it back to their hives and store it in hexagonal wax cells of honeycomb for feeding the young bees, it has been found that bees cover a vast area across a 10-kilometer radius. Thus we get the honey from the honeycombs of the bees.
With this little prelude about honey, let us consider its medicinal benefits.
If you are experiencing a sore throat with pain, a little amount of honey added to hot lemon or a cup of tea would be sufficient to get instant relief from that sore throat.
It is but normal that when we get hurt or wounded, we resort to an antiseptic cream in addition to the healing the wound. You might be surprised to know that honey is a very good antiseptic alternative, as it contains hydrogen peroxide as well as a compound called propolis that is effective in killing bacteria. Bacteria survive on moisture content in and around a wound, and the high sugar content in honey sucks out the moisture from the wound and thus arrests the spread of bacteria. Application of honey as an antiseptic for wounds is more effective than other antiseptic creams. It is for this reason that some of the manufacturers sell dressings that are impregnated with honey content, which aids in speedy recovery from wounds that are hard-to-heal otherwise.
As useful medical treatment, doctors preferred the usage of Honey in many cases. It is found that honey is used to treat a number of gastro-intestinal complaints. It has been discovered that usage of honey helps in not only reducing the symptoms for ulcer but also assist in quickening or reducing the healing time for patients suffering with ulcer.