- Low glycemic index – better for diabeteics then sugar etc.
- As a carbohydrate, honey supplies energy at 64 calories per tablespoon, providing fuel to working muscles.
- Good to take before and after exercise.
- In addition to the nutrients that are involved in normal metabolic activity, foods contain components that may provide additional health benefits. These nutrients are referred to as nutraceuticals. Phytochemicals are one broad category of nutraceuticals found in plants that are actively being investigated by scientists for their health-promoting potential. Honey has a phytochemical profile which includes polyphenols that can act as antioxidants.
- The use of honey as a wound dressing goes back to ancient times and has now been ‘rediscovered’ by modern medicine
- Honey is made up of both simple sugars (called monosaccharides) such as glucose and fructose, and complex sugars (called oligosaccharides).
- They are considered prebiotic – i.e. these complex carbohydrates are non digestible, but by consuming them you encourage the growth of friendly intestinal bacteria in the body, which helps you digest food more easily.
- It may come as a surprise to many people, but honey is an excellent source of vitamins. This is not equally true of vegetables and fruits.For example, spinach loses 50% of its vitamin C content within 24 hours after being picked. Fruits lose some of their vitamin content during storage. In contrast, honey keeps well.
- All varieties of honey are rich in amino acids.
A natural relaxant, it helps alleviate insomnia by inducing normal sleep. It reduces anxiety and depression, relieves migraine headaches, boosts immune system, reduces the risk of artery and heart spasms, and works with Lysine to reduce cholesterol levels. It may be a good remedy for insomnia.
Lysine: It is one of the essential amino acids – your body cannot generate its own Lysine, meaning you must get it from your diet.
Recent studies have shown that Lysine may be effective against herpes by improving the balance of nutrients that reduce viral growth. Prolonged stressful situations increase our requirements for Lysine and it is important in the formation of collagen (the protein that forms the matrix of your bone, cartilage and connective tissue).
Methionine: Another essential sulfur amino acids. As with other essential amino acids, you do not create your own so you must ingest it for survival. Contributes to the formation of important compounds in your body and works as a sulfur donor to aid in your body’s detoxification processes.
Cysteine: Functions as an antioxidant and protects the body against radiation and pollution.
Histidine: Another essential amino acid and is delivered mostly from our diets. It has anti-inflammatory properties and is the only amino acid found to be consistently low in the blood of those with rheumatoid arthritis.
Glutamine: This essential amino acid plays a key role in the metabolism and the gastrointestinal tract. It is the primary energy source for the cells that line your intestines and is essential to keeping them healthy.It is considered also to be a brain food by improving mental capacity. It may also help speed the healing of ulcers and reduce fatigue.
Tyrosine: Tyrosine is a natural mood enhancer due to its ability to convert to feel-good neurotransmitters norepinephrine and dopamine in the brain. It helps with depression. It also may convert to thyroid hormone and to adrenaline which is produced by your adrenal gland in response to stress.
http://www.amazing-green-tea.com/calories-in-honey.html : A teaspoon of honey contains 22 calories, but weight gain is avoided because of other factors. And health gain is tremendous.