Honey: Benefits, Properties?
On the properties of honey would scriveverci from a book, as according to the type of honey the therapeutic properties and nutritional vary.
The beneficial properties of honey are endless, especially honey and consimato is known for its antibacterial properties, nutrition, nutritional, cosmetic and skin. Honey is a natural food that provides energy, due to its richness in carbohydrates, also known as hydrates of carbon, present up to more than three-quarters of its weight, and no matter what type of energy, such as carbohydrate content is similar since the minutes of its ingestion. The beneficial result is the immediate availability of the energy supplied and this property is undoubtedly of great interest dietary.
Honey and benefits for athletes
For sport lovers are advised to consume honey before, during and after a competition, being the ideal food because, in addition to fortify muscles, increases stamina and promotes faster recovery, even after prolonged and violent efforts. The climber Edmond Hillary, who first conquered Everest, several kilograms of honey consumed during the climb.
Replace sugar with honey because it has several beneficial properties including the one to be more digestible than the common sugar
The assimilation of the honey from the body does not require any effort, and those who suffer from digestive disorders can only benefit by replacing sugar with honey in his power. Honey is also suitable for those suffering from gastric ulcer and diets for children, from birth. It 'strongly advised to replace all the sugar with honey in foods intended for infants, since among other things, an operation within the reach of all, being very easy to dissolve the honey in the milk bottle. The type of honey is more appropriate in this case the honey of acacia, particularly sweet because it is rich in fructose.
Honey among its nutritional properties includes the presence of minerals important for the well-being
The interest dietary honey is due to its natural properties, which, unlike sugar, facilitate the fixing of calcium, magnesium and other essential minerals during growth. The honey also gives benefit to the intestine with its action on the bacterial flora in the fight fermentations. In case of constipation, due to its laxative properties, give effective relief to sufferers. Unlike sugar cane or beet sugar, honey is allowed for diabetics light, bearing in mind that honey is rich in fructose, which does not require the intervention of insulin absorption. It should, however, caution: honey for the diabetic is less harmful than traditional sugar yes, but it can not be consumed in large quantities without running the risk of aggravation. Diabetics is recommended to use light honey acaciaperché richer fructose-fructose, while severe diabetics will still refrain from using it.
The honey improves longevity
Results of a detailed study has shown that beekeepers generally live longer than the average population: honey can therefore be considered a source of longevity, found that slow the physiological process of aging and effectively counteracts premature weakening of the vital functions.
Applied externally honey promotes healing of burns and wounds also, if dissolved slowly in the mouth, reduces the irritation of the throat. Other properties of honey are derived from plants that produced the initial nectars. That's why each variety of honey are specified therapeutic indications.
Specific properties of the most common honeys
Properties of Acacia honey
The color is clear and transparent, the smell is delicate and very sweet. The main area of production includes the foothills of the Alps of Lombardy, Piedmont and Veneto.
Indications: For its sweetness is honey beloved by children. Great to sweeten the meal of infants. It 's the most recommended for diabetics light, because it is rich in fructose.
Properties of Honey hawthorn
As a light amber color, the smell is fragrant and aromatic, sweet flavor and pleasant. The texture is characterized by a fine granulation. It 'an imported honey.
Indications: it is recommended for use in cases of hypertension and arteriosclerosis. And 'honey suitable for cardiac, useful in case of spasms, palpitations, angina pectoris. Useful for insomnia, in the case of dizziness and ringing in the ears. Antispasmodic, is indicated for the nervous and people suffering from anxiety states.
Properties of Eucalyptus honey
It has a light walnut color, brilliant and an aromatic odor due all'eucaliptolo, the flavor is pronounced but pleasant and texture to fine granulation. The production area includes the entire Central and Southern Italy.
Directions: from counsel for all respiratory diseases, especially in cases of bronchitis. Asthma, catarrh, antispasmodic, emollient, soothing cough. It 'an antiseptic in the lungs, urinary tract and bowel, calm coughs and acts against cystitis, urinary incontinence, wormer and is also healing, therefore indicated in diseases of the mouth.
Properties Heather honey
It has a reddish-brown, dark and a sharp odor. The flavor is unique and comes with a sticky-runny consistency. The production area is the Mediterranean scrub.
Directions: Between the honey is the best urinary antiseptic, indicated in cases of cystitis and prostatitis. And 'diuretic and useful for rheumatism. Also effective against intestinal infections.
Ownership of chestnut honey
The color varies from light walnut walnut dark, almost black, and a strong odor, acrid. The flavor is distinctive, a little 'bitter taste, consistency is thick, sticky sometimes. It comes from all the hilly areas, premontane and the Apennines from the Alps to Sicily.
Directions: sudorific, expectorant, recommended in all cases of poor blood circulation, it is also suitable for people suffering from anemia, tired, asthenic and those who want to gain weight.
Properties Rape honey
The color is pale orange and has a neutral smell very pronounced flavor, weak and granulation is average. It is produced in the Po Valley.
Directions: table honey, mainly used in the food or in the preparation of mead.
Properties of Honey strawberry
It has white color and pungent smell of thick consistency has a distinctive flavor, bitter. The production area includes Central Italy and Sardinia.
Directions: It is a great anti-asthmatic and diuretic. It is also used to make sweets and alcoholic beverages.
Properties of Honey Clover
It has white color and pleasant odor and light, the flavor is mild and comes with fine granulation. It comes from the Po Valley and the bands preappenniniche.
Directions: has special energy, is therefore indicated for athletes and people who have to undergo prolonged stress.
Properties of Lime honey
Pale yellow and very aromatic odor, has a pleasant taste and a paste-like consistency. It comes from the subalpine zone of Piedmont and Veneto.
Directions: it acts as an antispasmodic and calming the nervous system. It acts against insomnia and it is recommended to sweeten the tea in the evening.
Properties of Honey Thyme
It has a very dark color and an aromatic flavor due to the thymol, the flavor is pronounced and remarkable consistency. It is produced in Sicily.
Directions: having remarkable antiseptic properties are advised against all infectious diseases, both pulmonary and urinary tract or bowel. It 'also stimulating against fatigue, indicated for coughs, excellent vermifuge, combats flatulence digestion.
Properties of Honey dandelion
Light amber color and has a pleasant smell is not particularly strong and distinctive flavor and has a creamy consistency. It comes from the Po Valley.
Indications: It is indicated for liver health, having hepatoprotective properties, such as the plant from which it comes.
Properties of Honey fir
The color is brown-black with shades of dark green and strongly aromatic. The flavor is sweet and liquid consistency, such as acacia honey. It is produced in the Alpine and Northern Apennines.
Directions: excellent antiseptic lung and respiratory tract, is indicated in cases of bronchitis, tracheitis, pharyngitis and flu, colds, rhinitis. Also recommended for asthma. It is generally recommended against all infections. Shown against bad breath.
Properties Lavender Honey
It has a white color, a smell pleasantly perfumed and aromatic. The flavor is delicate and is presented with a greasy feel. It is produced in Liguria.
Directions: has antiseptic and antibacterial properties, so it is indicated for use in the case of infectious diseases, particularly lung. Is also traditionally used in outdoor applications, in case of burns, infected wounds, insect bites. It 'also analgesic, diuretic and vermifuge. Indicated against insomnia.
Properties of Honey rosemary
The color is pale, almost white, has a pleasant smell and a subtle flavor and delicate texture has a very pronounced granulation. Sparsely produced in Italy, it is not easy to find.
Indications: it is considered the honey of the liver, to be taken in case of liver failure, of cholelithiasis, cirrhosis of the liver. It 'also an effective stimulant of the state generally recommended for people tired, asthenic, in poor condition, over-fatigued. Terrific for the stomach and intestines, is effective against flatulence, fermentation, colitis.
Properties of Honey Orange
It has a light amber color and the smell is mild, pleasant taste, the paste-like consistency. It is produced in Sicily and Sardinia.
Directions: antispasmodic and sedative, is suggested as a treatment for people anxious and nervous, in the case of migraine, insomnia and palpitations. It also has healing power and is suitable for those suffering from ulcer. Refreshing when mixed with iced tea.
Properties of Honey sainfoin
White and neutral smell, it has a mild flavor and is presented with a fine texture. It is produced in the Apennines, especially in Central Italy.
Directions: As a neutral and honey taste slightly accentuated, not interfere on the flavor of the food it accompanies, is therefore referred to as table honey to replace sugar in every occasion.
Properties of wildflower honey
The market offers honey of which is not indicated the origin floral precise and which, subjected to analysis, reveals a large amount of different pollens, indicating a marked multi-floral origin. It is the most widespread honey, since the large part of the beekeepers market their collection under the name millefiori.
These honeys can be divided into two categories:
wildflower honey lowland, early origin, and therefore rightly called by some beekeepers firstfruits. Are clear honey, collected in May-June, with a preponderance of clover, sainfoin, alfalfa, canola, dandelion. In addition, honey smell and taste slightly pronounced, therefore more suitable for use on the table than from therapeutic use.
The mountain wildflower honey, which is of the later, and has a dark color, a strong aromatic odor and a pronounced taste. This type of honey is more suitable for therapeutic use, therefore suitable for the treatment of lung diseases, intestinal and urinary infections. It is no doubt of honeys "more natural" honeys plain, being the mountain flora less affected by pollution, and "richer" due to the greater variety of flora in the mountains.
Properties of Honey comb
They chew the alveoli of wax containing honey, a little 'pollen and even propolis. We only recommend chewing to treat diseases of the upper respiratory tract, especially in cases of sinusitis, which in the chronic form is successfully treated by comb honey.
It happens more and more often to find commercially honeys import less expensive than domestic ones, which are in competition. And 'from tenerpresente honeys that import cost less so than those of domestic production, but do not offer the same guarantees. The invasion of foreign honeys, organoleptic characteristics uncertain, but at a price "attractive" can embarrass the beekeeper "professional", who work bee extracts the whole of his income, so he will find a fierce competitor in the traditional outlet of the honey trade to the food industry that makes use of honey in its products. Undoubtedly the industry will have a commercial interest in the purchase of imported honey at low prices, and now the European market is flooded with honey in the Far East, frankly, very cheap.
Fortunately the Italian beekeepers, who can claim to produce varieties of honey among the best in the world, they have a new outlet in health food stores and natural. In these shops traders are demanding and expect more honey of the highest quality in order to satisfy a clientele that puts quality at the price.
The beneficial properties of honey
As you may have read, the properties of honey and its effects in the specific benefits vary according to the type of honey.