Honey Benefits

Honey Benefits

Honey is rich with natural, wholesome goodness, a gift of nature that's produced from an intricate relationship between bees and flowers. Every drop of honey contains all the essential minerals necessary for life: vitamin B, amino acids, minerals and enzymes.

Why is Honey good for you?

In addition to its reputation as nature's nutritive sweetener, research also indicates that honeys unique composition provides various therapeutic benefits to mankind.

While honey goes straight into the blood stream in fifteen minutes, ordinary sugar, or sucrose, is completely indigestible and harmful to your health. It takes between 2-4 hours of hard work by the human system to invert and convert sucrose into a simpler, digestible form of glucoside, and then assimilate, tiring the body

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How is it made?

The worker bees collect nectar from flowers and then store the it in their honey stomachs. The honey stomach contain enzymes that act on the nectar to produce the beginnings of honey.

Commercial beehives are placed in natural surroundings exposed to multiple natural flora sources. Worker bees then travel 450 thousand km and collect from 2 million flowers to produce 1kg of honey.

Using their honey stomachs, worker bees ingest and regurgitate the nectar a number of times until it is partially digested. It is then stored in the honeycomb. Once the honey is ripened, the honey will be sealed with the beeswax.

Bee keepers then remove the frame from the honeycomb, and the bees will be swept away with the brush. The beeswax that capped the honeycomb is removed.

The honeycomb is placed in the extractor, initially straining the honey to rid the bee wax and other large particles.

The strained honey is then put into tanks and sent to the factory. The honey is tested for analysis, where it is checked for quality, purity and moisture content.



Types of Honey

Honey Comb

Honey Comb is honey in its unprocessed form, straight from the hive.

Cut Comb

Cut comb are chunks of honeycomb added to honey, and not, as many people think, pure honeycomb itself.

Raw Honey

Raw honey is honey taken directly from the comb and unheated. Most raw honey still contain bits of wax. Raw honey is one of the best forms of honey, as all the nutrients remain intact, nothing is lost.

Filtered

Filtered honey is honey which has been warmed slightly, producing a cleaner honey as most of the impurities have been filtered out. Filtered honey still contains most of the benefits that raw honey contains.

Pure Honey

Pure honey is one of the most common forms of honey. It is heated at a much higher temperature, making it easier to filter. This, in turn, removes any traces of wax and others impurities, producing a cleaner form of honey. As it is heated at a high temperature, most of the nutrition is lost.

Set Honey

Set honey is stirred until it begins to crystallise resulting in a firm creamy honey. Set honey is the most processed form of honey.

The Bee

The Queen Bee

A Queen Honeybee is a very special creature. She is the mother of all of bees of the beehive. There is only one queen in a colony of honeybees that may number up to 80,000 members. Without constant egg laying by the queen, the bee colony would soon die. Genetically speaking, the queen is responsible for contributing her own characteristics, (along with the male drones), to the bees of the hive. Thus, the bees of the hive are, indeed, "made from the same mold" as the Queen.

Biologists interested in nutrition point to the queen as an example of how diet can make an incredible difference in the development of an animal. The only difference between a Queen Bee and a worker bee is that the queen eats Royal Jelly for the whole duration of her life, while the worker bees eat Royal Jelly for only the first three days of their larval stage. The Royal Jelly diet accounts for some rather remarkable differences in the physiology and behaviour of the Queen.

The Queen Bee is different from a normal worker bee in many ways. The Queen lives forty times longer than a worker bee, up to five to seven years, and grows to be 40% larger. She can lay thousands of eggs every day. The queen has no wax glands, which the workers use to form the comb cells of the hive, and she has no pollen baskets on her legs. Her stinger is shaped differently, and while she has glands in her head (pharyngeal) region, they secrete much different substances than the workers. Worker Bees are not sexually active, but the Queen, as pointed out before, needs to be quite prolific to keep the hive populated.

Royal Jelly is produced by the Nurse Bees. Nurse Bees are special Worker Bees that attend to the Queen or babies (larvae) of the hive.

Baby Queen

There are also three stages in the development of a Queen Bee. But the cell of the Queen Bee is different from a normal bee. It is larger, and, in domestic bee boxes, the queen cell hangs down perpendicularly from the entrances of the other honeycomb cells. The outside of the cell is corrugated, like a peanut.

The Queen stays in the egg stage for 3 days, like a normal bee. In fact, the egg of a Queen is identical to that of a normal bee. The difference occurs on the third day of the larval stage, when normal bees are weaned off of the Royal Jelly in their diets. The Queen, in contrast is engorged on Royal Jelly for the full 5 1/2 days of her larval stage. Then, her cell is packed with Royal Jelly and sealed for the 7 1/2 days of her pupa stage. After a total of 16 days the adult Queen emerges.

Scout Bee

This is a Worker Bee that has several specialised functions. First, the Scout Bee searches the area surrounding the hive for sources of pollen, nectar and propolis. Although the Scout may travel many miles in search of flowers, the average foraging radius is usually only a few hundred meters. When the Scout Bee finds a good source of food, she travels back to the hive and gives the foraging collector bees the information. The collectors then go out and gather the food.

When the Scout Bee comes back to the hive, he communicates this information in the form of a Bee Dance. The dance communicates information such as the direction of the plants, the fragrance of the flowers, the flavour and quality of the pollen and nectar, and the quantity of the pollen and nectar available! Keep in mind that the hive is dark. The bee dancer communicates information not by vibrations, spatial orientation, sound vibrations and samples of smell and taste. The forager bees gather around the dancer, reaching out with their antennae to gather the information from the dancing Bee. Then they rush off to go collect a load of pollen or nectar of their own.

And the miracle of this is that by this act, pollination of the flowers takes place, and the whole food chain of our planet is rejuvenated again! Without the bees we wouldn't exist, and the earth would be a lifeless, desolate place.

Collector Bees

These bees collect nectar from the flowers, which they use to make honey (of course!). Flower Nectar is produced by secretory glands in the flowers called nectaries. Flower nectar is mainly composed of water with high concentrations of sugars--mainly sucrose, glucose, and fructose. Nectar also contains small amounts of amino acids, organic acids, proteins, lipids, antioxidants, minerals and enzymes. Bees suck nectar from flowers with their long tube-shaped tongues, or proboscis. In the process, the bees will be covered with pollen, which it will spread from flower to flower as it makes its rounds. A bee will visit only flowers of the same species on each round of gathering. This assures that the nectar gathered is all from a single source. It also ensures that the pollen which is spread from flower to flower pollinates the correct species.

Bees store the nectar in a cavity called the Honey Stomach. When the collector bee gets back to the hive, it will mingle with the workers on the comb of the hive. The house bee will receive the nectar by extending her tongue to suck up the drops from the mouth of the gatherer. The house bee will then deposit the nectar into an open honey comb for storage. The cell will not be sealed until the nectar has evaporated enough to form thick, ripe honey. The change from nectar to ripe honey takes place gradually over a period of several days.

House Keeping Bees

Housekeeping duties are one of the first jobs that young honeybees are assigned. Housekeeping Bees clean up used cells that have been emptied, such as brood cells in the nursery that babies bees have hatched out of and storage cells that have stored bee pollen (bee bread) or honey, which have been emptied to feed the population. Housekeeping duties are very important for the hive, because they keep the hive environment clean and sterile.

The Drone

Worker Bees start out their lives as cell-cleaning bees, who clean out old cells that have been used for eggs and larvae, cap cells that have been filled with Bee Pollen and Honey for storage. They generally maintain the hive. This phase lasts for only the first few days of its life. Then the Workers become Nurse Bees.

There are three stages in the development of a bee. The first is the egg stage. The Queen then lays an egg in the bottom of each cell. Finally, the egg is centred in the cell and one end is stuck to the bottom.

For a Worker Bee, the larvae stage lasts three days. Worker Bee larvae are fed Royal Jelly for three days, after which they are fed bee pollen and honey. Then, after six days in the larval stage, the cell is capped with wax and the bee spends the next 12 days in the pupa stage. After a total of 21 days the adult worker bee emerges!

The Pollen Picking Collector Bee

After getting directions from the Scout Bee, the Collector Bee flies to the area where the flowers bloom, all full of pollen or dripping with nectar and starts gathering pollen from the flowers. As the bee works, she gathers pollen grains, mixing the pollen with a little honey from her mouth, and packs the pollen into sacks, or corbicula, that are located on her legs. It is in this way that pollen granules are formed. When the bee returns to the hive, the pollen granules are mixed with other secretions and are stored and sealed in a cell in the hive. When the cell is opened at a later date, the cell yields tasty "bee bread", which the bees, especially the young babies, eat for food. How do we get the pollen that we sell to you? Well, the beekeepers put a device called the "pollen trap" over the entrance of the hive. It consists of a series of wires mesh screens that the bees crawl through to get into the hive. The pollen trap does not hurt the bees at all, but it does knock about half of the granules out of the sacks, or corbicula from the bee's legs, where they fall into a tray that the beekeeper empties periodically.

The Guard Bees

Stationed outside the entrance of the hive, their job is to sound the alarm in times of danger, such as attacks. When the bees in the hive detect the alarm pheromones, they swarm out of the hive and attack the predators and protect the hive.

The Under Taker

Did you know that most honeybees live only 5-7 weeks? The Queen Bee is the exception, thanks to Royal Jelly - she lives 5-7 years! But because of the big turn-around in population, the Undertaker Bees job is to collect the bodies of dead bees and take them to the hive entrance, and throw them out onto the ground.

Nutrition

Nectar is mainly composed of sucrose and water.

The bees add their enzymes to the nectar, which invert the sucrose into fructose and glucose. They then evaporate the water, which stops the honey from spoiling.

Nectar

Hence, honey is a source of carbohydrates, containing:

  • 80% natural sugar - mostly fructose and glucose
  • 18% water. The less water content the honey has, the better the quality of honey
  • 2% minerals, vitamins, pollen and protein

The vitamins present in honey

  • B6
  • Thiamin
  • Niacin
  • Riboflavin
  • Pantothenic acid
  • Amino Acids-*9-*9

The minerals found in honey

  • Calcium
  • Copper
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Sodium
  • Zinc

Health Benefits

Antioxidant Properties

Honey is a good source of antioxidants and a living, organic, instant energy building food. Honey contains antioxidants containing all the essential minerals necessary for life: seven vitamins of the B complex group, amino acids and enzymes.

Low calorie level

Another quality of honey is that, when it is compared with the same amount of sugar, it contains 40% less calories. Although it gives great energy to the body, it does not add weight. It also rapidly diffuses through the blood. And, when accompanied by mild water, honey diffuses into the bloodstream in 7 minutes.

It's free sugar molecules make the brain function better since the brain is the largest consumer of sugar, thus, reduces fatigue.

Supports blood formation

Honey provides an important part of the energy needed by the body for blood formation. In addition, it helps in cleansing the blood. It has some positive effects in regulating and facilitating blood circulation. It also functions as a protection against capillary problems and arteriosclerosis. Honey does not accommodate bacteria: This bactericide (bacteria-killing) property of honey is named "the inhibition effect". Experiments conducted on honey show that its bactericide properties increase twofold when diluted with water.

Digestive System

Honey alleviates the diarrhoea associated with gastroenteritis (by destroying the detrimental bacteria that are implicated in gastroenteritis.) Honey has a considerable laxative effect on the human digestion system which in turn helps in reducing skin problem i.e (spots) and other problems associated with constipation, which become revealed on the skin. Honey also promotes the re-hydration of the body and more quickly clears up diarrhoea, vomiting and stomach upsets.

Immune System

Honey inhibits the growth of many types of detrimental bacteria including: salmonella , Escherichia AAA coli, Shigella, Vibrio cholerae.

Ulcers

Honey suppresses Helicobacter pylori (the detrimental bacteria that is responsible for many Duodenal Ulcers and Gastric Ulcers). Scientific research indicates consuming honey daily halted the growth of Helicobacter pylori within 3 days.

Wounds

The wound healing properties of honey may, however, be its most promising medicinal quality. Honey has been used topically as an antiseptic therapeutic agent for the treatment of ulcers, burns and wounds for centuries. When honey comes into contact with body moisture, the glucose oxidise enzyme introduced to the honey by the bee slowly releases the antiseptic hydrogen peroxide at a sufficient level to be effective against bacteria but not tissue damaging. Not only is honey anti-bacterial, it also draws body fluids and nutrients to the area and so assists cell growth and prevents a scar forming by drying out of the wound. The osmotic action of the honey draws out and provides a film of liquid between the tissues and the dressing, allowing the dressing to be removed painlessly, without tearing of the re-growing cells. There are reports in medical journals of large bedsores, otherwise needing skin grafts, that have healed without scarring after honey treatment.

Keeps Free Radicals at Bay

Daily consumption of honey raises blood levels of protective antioxidant compounds in humans, according to research presented at the 227th meeting of the American Chemical Society in Anaheim, CA, March 28, 2004. Biochemist Heidrun Gross and colleagues from the University of California, Davis, gave 25 study participants each about four tablespoons of buckwheat honey daily for 29 days in addition to their regular diets, and drew blood samples at given intervals following honey consumption. A direct link was found between the subjects' honey consumption and the level of polyphenolic antioxidants in their blood.

Improve Athletic Performance

Primarily, honey has been used as an energy source, but recent research has examined the use of honey as an ergogenic aid (a food or ingredient that helps an athlete's performance.) Sustaining favorable blood sugar concentrations after endurance training by ingesting carbohydrates before, during and after training is important for maintaining muscle glycogen stores (glycogen is the form in which sugar is stored in muscle as ready-to-use fuel), so that muscle recuperation is more efficient and the athlete is ready to perform again at their highest level the next day. The best-studied ergogenic aid is carbohydrates because they are necessary for maintaining muscle glycogen stores. For now, honey appears to be just another source of carbohydrates that can help athletes perform at their best, rather than a superior choice over any other carbohydrate.

  • Burns/Wounds/Grazes
  • Sleeplessness
  • Weight reduction
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Poor Digestion
  • Diarrhoea
  • Stress
  • Heart Patients
  • Hay Fever
  • Coughs

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