The Bees Knees – The Power of Manuka Honey
Bees are phenomenally impressive and their honey is equally amazing for its health benefits. From ancient times, bees and their honey have been revered as not only a sweet source of sustenance, but also beneficial in improving health and wellbeing. From Ancient Egyptians to the Greeks, bees were considered sacred, spiritual and essential in everyday life. Not much has changed today, with honey offering a range of health benefits for us to enjoy, and we break them down below.
Antioxidant & Antimicrobial for Boosting Immunity
Honey contains powerful disease fighting antioxidants called polyphenols. A daily dose of honey can raise the level of antioxidants in your body, blocking free radicals that can cause heart disease and cancer. In addition to polyphenols, honey also provides other important antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, enzymes, amino acids and proteins, helping to fight infections from viruses, bacteria and fungi. In combination with rest, hydration, stress management and a balanced diet, honey can play an important role in maintaining your ongoing health.
Your gut health will love you for adding honey to your yogurt or tea each morning. In one mouthful you have fed your gut a happy balance of pre and probiotics. Honey’s prebiotic properties are well documented. A recent report out of the University of Auckland further promotes honey as beneficial in aiding digestion. The liquid gold contains Oligosaccharides – a sugar that can serve as fuel for good gut bacteria. Adding honey to your diet can help rebalance the bacterial ecology in your gut and have the healthy flow on effect of a stronger body and emotional wellbeing.
They say that time heals all wounds, and if it’s smothered in honey, that time will fly! From burns to bacterial infections, honey can help. Manuka honey in particular is an antiseptic. Releasing hydrogen peroxide, Manuka honey on the wound helps eliminate bacterial activity, speeding up the healing time and reducing scarring.
The next time you add honey to your breakfast, lunch or dinner, be sure to take an Apple Cider Vinegar Capsule for a probiotic boost that your gut will really thank you for!