Do you know "The Equalizer"? It's a great movie with Denzel Washington in the lead role. The former secret service soldier Robert McCall, played by him, uses a golden substance to disinfect a really brutal-looking wound. This substance was honey. You know he did very wisely, right? Do you know why?
Everyone probably knows how honey tastes. Sweet, with a creamy to liquid consistency and a really large color scale - from light to dark. This is due to individual types of honey, and here there is a lot to choose from - honeydew, linden, buckwheat, heather, manuka and several others, up to the most universal, multiflorous ...
From a biochemical point of view, honey is a product of bees, but also of some other insect species, even wasps.
It consists mainly of glucose (30 to 40%) and fructose (similar proportions) and sucrose (up to approx. 20%). You just say "sugars"? The secret of honey is in the details. And here we have proteins, various enzymes, vitamins (from A, through those from group B and P) and minerals (iron, zinc, magnesium, potassium, manganese, and even sodium and copper). But it is not everything. Tannins, polyphenols, flavonoids and carotenes refine the properties of honey. In addition, we also have natural antibiotics in honey, in the form of apicidin and defensin I.
The fragrance bouquet is provided by essential oils present in this precious substance - just smell real honey from honeydew or buckwheat. It smells really great, right?
In principle, any group of people can enjoy the properties of honey. Unless, for example, someone is a vegetarian - fans of this diet may not like that honeydew honey is actually a animal product - it is secreted by aphids and maggots that reside on conifers.
Besides, honey can be eaten by both children and the elderly. But there are exceptions here. The youngest girls, up to 3 years old, should not taste honey yet. Sometimes, bacteria responsible for childhood botulism are present in it. Diabetics, or people with diabetes, should also think about eating honey. It is known to be mainly carbohydrates.
Extremely rich. Honey has a unique bactericidal and fungicidal effect, also viruses are its enemy - it copes with the already mentioned antibiotics. There are some species of honey that, like manuka, exceptionally "hate" each other with various bacteria and viruses, and that is why they are really helpful in getting better. Here we will mention that some research shows that in many fields of activity our domestic buckwheat honey works better than the infamous species from distant Asia.
The universal properties of honey, regardless of its type, are also strong anti-inflammatory (flu, sore throat) - oils and methylglyoxal present in honey help here. And, as Denzel Washington proved, honey also works great against difficult to heal wounds and ulcers caused by bacteria.
Objectivity also requires a few minuses of honey. Yes, this product is considered functional and superfood is not free from "flaws".
These include the fact that too much honey has a laxative effect (it pulls water into the large intestine), contributes to atherosclerosis due to too much sugar, can disturb our kidneys, especially if we have diabetes.
In addition, some studies show that honey causes... oxidative stress, not to mention metabolism disturbance - due to causing changes in the composition of our intestinal bacteria.
It can be safely stated, however, that the advantages of honey outweigh its disadvantages, and the best advertisement for this product of valuable bees' work (man consumes mainly such honey) should be a handful of curiosities, which we present to you below.
Of course. To this day, in many uranium mines around the world, miners receive a specific portion of honeydew honey daily. And only from coniferous honeydew (there is still honey from deciduous honeydew). Why? Well, many years of research have shown that this honey species has an outstanding radiation protection effect. Metaphorically speaking, it ejects radioactive radiation from the body. And miners working on the uranium are exposed to such.
Exactly. You practice? Do you fight for training, and then you lack strength? Maybe you suffer from a deficit of key electrolytes, magnesium, potassium, calcium and sodium. All this can be made up. A bottle of water, a tablespoon of honey (buckwheat or honeydew best due to micro and macro bombs) and lemon juice. It hydrates, gives you a kick of energy (sugars that we burn quickly during training) and saturates our body with valuable minerals. It is not a "laboratory" isotonic, but it works great. Try it! For party people we will say that the above mixture perfectly tolerates... a hangover.
Really. The name honey itself is supposedly Jewish, and literally means "magic" or "magically endowed". And you were not wondering where the term "honeymoon" came from?
Well, in the old days honey very often landed on banquet tables, including wedding ones. Considered magical because of his properties was considered to bring luck. The young couple ate the honey for the first month of marriage to maintain happiness.
As if someone has not yet been convinced about the valuable properties of honey, we recommend an indisputable argument that should cut off all objections. Honey is simply needed for some to live ;)
"A few hours later, as the night was about to leave, Pooh woke up suddenly with a feeling of strange depression. He had had this feeling of strange depression more than once and knew what it meant. He was hungry.
"I've got twelve pots in my pantry that have been calling me for an hour."