Honey: a sweet boost to immunity

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A while back I accidentally watched a documentary on TV about the aboriginal tribes and the food they gather in the jungle. I did not remember much, but one of the things that struck me at the time was how one of the local hunters in order to please his wife had climbed an enormous tree to steal some of the honey collected by the bees there. Thinking about it, it’s difficult to come up with another such a universally loved and useful product, which to this day is part of the diet of so many nations around the world. Honey and the other bee products, in moderation, are not just delicious and sweet but also great remedies that can boost the immune system, improve the health of the digestive and reproductive systems, aid memory, rejuvenate the skin and much more.

Raw honey that has not been processed or heated is considered healthier. This type of honey, although not always so sweet or so smooth-looking, has retained its nutritional and vitamin properties. Consumption of raw honey daily in small quantities up to one tablespoon dissolved in warm, unheated water (should not exceed 100g or 6 tablespoons per day for people without special conditions), has a strengthening effect for children and rejuvenating and antisclerotic effect for adults. Honey is rich in carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and has a low protein content. Therefore, it is usually not the cause of allergic reactions (an allergic reaction is caused by products with high protein content).

Certain types of honey are recommended for various illnesses. For example, for insomnia, flu, and colds – linden and acacia honey, for heart disease – honey from hawthorn and forest honey, for constipation – acacia honey, for stomach ulcers – lavender honey, for high blood pressure and arrhythmia – thistle honey.

In addition to different types of honey, other bee products also have healing properties. Among the most famous are pollen, royal jelly and propolis.

Bee pollen has a strong antisclerotic effect, but also a higher protein content than honey and is therefore more likely to cause an allergic reaction. Royal jelly is also high in protein, which is a powerful biostimulator and increases the reproductive abilities of both men and women. However, this product is not recommended for people with cancer unless they have consulted a specialist and have been prescribed a treatment.

Another derivative of honey is propolis, which has antimicrobial action, especially against streptococci, which usually affect the oral cavity, lungs and vaginal areas. Like many bee products, propolis in its authentic form is not easy to buy, but it helps with ulcers, prevention of Helicobacter pylori, as well as sore throat, tonsils and oral cavity issues. In addition, propolis does not cause allergies and is most often consumed dissolved in lukewarm water. Regular consumption boosts the immunity, fights certain types of tumours and has an anti-aging effect.

Bee stings can also be used as a treatment for some rheumatic diseases. It is believed that bees can find one of major points used in Chinese medicine and sting the person there. However, this treatment is also extremely dangerous and should be practiced only with the supervision of a reputable specialist. Due to the high protein content in bee venom (over 50%), stings can lead to an anaphylactic shock in many people.

No matter which one of the bee products you decide to try, remember that it is safer to check with a specialist, especially if you have chronic or hereditary diseases. Honey and the other bee products are often underestimated remedies that do not stand out in the pharmacy, but in fact offer good options for the prevention and control of many diseases and for the improvement of one’s immunity, especially during the winter months.

Note: Please note that that there are multiple sources and opinions used for the articles. The publications cannot replace a consultation with a doctor and/or another appropriate specialist, and they cannot be considered a diagnosis or a prescription.

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