Honey is highly used in the Mediterranean diet. It is the sweet nectar made by bees using nectar from flowers. Which we then harvest from the honeycombs in the beehives.
Honey is graded by color. Clear, golden amber honey is higher quality than darker varieties. Clarity is determined by the variety of flower the nectar was harvested. Raw honey, is the preferred choice, as its removed from the hive and bottled directly. It contains trace amounts of yeast, wax, and pollen.
Health benefits of honey date back to ancient times, like Aristotle (384-322 BC) and Aristoxenus (320 BC).
#1 Healing wounds and burns *People have reported positive effects using honey in treating wounds. A borderline diabetic with recurring cellulitis and staph infections reported trying antibiotics for months, and failing to alleviate some symptoms. Once she started applying honey topically, she began to feel better.
#2 Treating allergies. *Research suggests honey may be useful in minimizing seasonal allergies. The Guardian reported honey ‘beats cough medicine’ at alleviating and reducing the frequency of cough. And that patients responded better to treatment with honey than placebo.
#3 Fighting infections. *Honeys ability to kill bacteria lies in a protein called defensin-1. It is effective at treating chronic wound infections and may even prevent them from developing in the first place. It kills bacteria by destroying key bacterial proteins. And may even help reverse bacterial resistance to antibiotics.
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