Honey and cinnamon are like that power couple in every party who everyone wants to get close to, but only few dare to.
Just think about it. Both of them are packed with medicinal properties, yet consuming the two (let alone cinnamon) is something only a few choose to do voluntarily.
And only if they have been brainwashed by their mothers since childhood that the more disgusting something tastes, the better it is for their health!
But cinnamon and honey are powerful, nevertheless.
Are you wondering what the benefits of cinnamon and honey are when consumed daily? Then read on. Because in today's article we are going to discuss all the benefits that honey brings to the table.
Note: We have already discussed the benefits of cinnamon in Part I of this series. So if you missed it, you can read it right here.
#1 Honey is rich in antioxidants.
Phenols, flavonoids, organic acids, and the digestive enzyme of honey bees combine together to give honey it's phenomenal antioxidant properties. Properties which are capable of reducing the risk of stroke, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases.
#2 It is not diabetes-friendly, but it is better than sugar.
Honey contains mostly fructose, glucose, and other partially digested sugars. That's why it is not as harmful as sugar. Although diabetics should steer clear of it too.
So if you want to start reducing your sugar intake, you should definitely consider switching to honey.
#3 It has a modest effect on your blood pressure.
High blood pressure puts you at a high risk of developing heart diseases and stroke. That's why having honey regularly is beneficial because it has a positive effect on your blood pressure and prevents it from spiking high or dipping too low.
#4 Honey can reduce LDL cholesterol.
Honey is very effective at reducing your blood levels of LDL cholesterol (a.k.a bad cholesterol), while it is known to raise the generation of heart-healthy HDL cholesterol.
#5 It has powerful wound-healing properties.
Multiple studies have observed that applying honey topically over partial-thickness burns (a.k.a first degree or second-degree burns), wounds, and diabetic ulcers speeds up the healing process considerably.
This is because honey is a natural anti-microbial agent, and therefore, good at keeping infections at bay. Plus, it has a moisturizing effect on the skin, which allows the tissues in the wound site to heal better.
#6 It’s good for the throat.
Honey soothes the throat and prevents cough, sore throat, and respiratory infections through its anti-microbial properties.
Plus, it is very viscous and is known to reduce inflammation, and therefore, great at easing sore throats and preventing excessive coughing spells.
#7 It can reduce your allergy to pollen.
Allergies are violent immune reactions to harmless foreign substances, like peanuts, pollen, and sometimes even sunlight!
And while honey cannot help you with all types of allergies, it is particularly effective at reducing pollen allergy.
This is because honey is produced within the stomach of bees after they digest pollen grains. This mixture is then regurgitated by them and stored in the beehive. That's why fresh honey will always have a few pollen grains still intact within it.
When individuals allergic to pollen grains consume a teaspoon of honey daily, they expose themselves to these foreign bodies in minimal doses, which slowly trains their bodies to develop a strong immunity against pollen, thus, easing their allergies during the summer months.
Just remember to start having honey 2 - 3 months before pollen season. And stick to one teaspoon a day.
#8 It’s a great energy-booster.
People who faint are always given glucose once they are conscious again. This is because glucose quickly ups your blood sugar and gives your brain the sustenance it needs to keep functioning.
And honey is a great alternative because it is mostly fructose and glucose, and therefore, a great energy-booster.
You can consider having a spoonful of it before you go for your next workout session!
#9 It can boost your memory.
Honey is rich in antioxidants (as discussed in point #1). That's why it is very good at getting rid of free radicals in your body, which cause aging and neurodegeneration. Both of which are responsible for memory loss and dementia.
#10 It can help you sleep better.
Honey is a natural sugar and contains fructose and glucose. That's why consuming it stimulates your body to produce insulin, which in turn increases the secretion of serotonin. Plus, it contains many amino acids that stimulate the production of melatonin.
Both serotonin and melatonin are needed to help you sleep. Therefore, having a teaspoon of honey after dinner is a great way to get rid of insomnia.
How to Have Cinnamon and Honey
Now that we know the individual benefits of cinnamon and honey, here are some ways you can consume it.
1. Mix half a teaspoon of cinnamon with one teaspoon of honey and consume the mixture.
2. Mix this paste in a glass of milk and have it.
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And come back tomorrow at 7 PM for the next episode of Fact vs. Fiction where we will continue the series and discuss lemon water and its various health benefits.
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