Honey Impact: Although, honey is known to be beneficial in many ways, do you think there can be some impact associated with it?
The post narrates you some of the evidences collected to show honey impact on your body. It will also discuss the safety and side effects of honey as well.
Honey is basically a sweet fluid prepared by honeybees. It’s made using the nectar of flowering plants.
Honey can be present in as many as 320 different varieties. And they tend to be different as per their flavor, odor and color.
In order to show the presence of honey impact, there are various evidences that are given below. Al these evidences show that honey can be used to treat certain medical conditions like cough.
You might be interested to know the composition of honey. Well, it’s mainly loaded with sugar, amino acids, zinc, iron, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. Due to all these properties, you can’t ignore honey impact in treating one or many disorders.
Honey has a lot of benefits apart from being used as a natural sweetener. It’s also used as an antibacterial, antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory agent.
Most people use honey for treating coughs. It’s also used topically for wound healing and treats burns.
Honey Impact on Various Conditions
Take a look at the research done on honey to find its impact on various medical conditions.
Cardiovascular Disease: Due to the presence of antioxidants, there is a direct honey impact in reducing the risk of risk of heart related diseases.
Cough: As per the studies conducted in this regard, labiatae honey, citrus honey and eucalyptus honey can actually act as a reliable cough suppressant for some people having acute nighttime cough and upper respiratory infections.
Gastrointestinal Disease: As per evidences collected by researchers, honey can has a direct impact treating gastrointestinal tract conditions like diarrhea which is associated with gastroenteritis. In addition to this, Honey can also be used as oral rehydration therapy.
Neurological Disease: Studies suggest that honey can also be used as promoting anti-anxiety, anticonvulsant and antidepressant properties. It can also help prevent memory disorders in some cases.
Wound Healing: If honey is used topically, it has been shown to promote wound healing, especially in burn cases.
Now, there might be results varying at different time and places as there are no standard methods to produce it or to check its quality.
It has been found that honey is generally safe in children (over 1 year of age) and adults. It’s often used treat coughs, burns and other conditions.
Safety & Side Effects of Honey
In most cases, honey is found to be safe for use as a natural sweetener and in many other uses mentioned above.
But you should avoid giving honey to children below one year of age. It’s because it can cause a rare but serious type of gastrointestinal condition (infant botulism). It’s basically caused due to the exposure of Clostridium botulinum spores.
Due to this, bacteria from these spores can grow and multiply in numbers inside baby’s intestines producing a dangerous toxin.
There are people who are sensitive to honey like bee pollen. Bee pollen allergies are often rare but can be otherwise serious. They can also prove fatal in some cases. Sign and symptoms of a reaction mainly include:
- Stinging after topical application
- Irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias)
- Excessive perspiration
- Wheezing and other asthmatic symptoms
It has also been shown that honey impact also affect blood sugar levels.
Interactions with Other Drugs
We just observed honey impact on a number of medical conditions. Regarding its interaction with other drugs, there are currently no evidence to prove this.