What honey is better?
Honey can rightly be called one of the most useful products. It is used to maintain immunity, for medicinal purposes, in cosmetology. True, the variety of honey makes you wonder: are they all equally useful, and which honey is better?
What is honey
Honey is a product of beekeeping. Bees collect flower nectar in their goiter, which changes under the influence of the enzymes of their maxillary glands. When this happens, evaporation of a part of the water occurs, the sugars are broken down and the acidity changes. The resulting substance of the bees lay in the honeycomb, where it matures. As a result of this complex process, honey is obtained.
This product contains many minerals (potassium, iron, chlorine, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, sulfur, etc.), organic acids (tartaric, malic, etc.). And what are the vitamins in honey? These are vitamins A, C, K, E, folic acid, vitamins of group B.
The presence of enzymes makes honey useful for digestion: it stimulates the production of gastric juice.
What is honey
Let's try to figure out what honey is like. Honey should be distinguished by origin: floral (from pollen) and honeydew.Honeydew honey is produced when the bees collect insect (pad) and honeydew from some plants. This product is considered even more valuable in trace element content.
- Depending on the number of plant species from which pollen was collected, flower honey can be polyfluoric (several plant species) and monofloric. It should be noted that 100% of monoflor honey does not exist, there are always some impurities. Honey is classified as a specific species if it contains more than 50% of the nectar of a single honey-bearing plant.
- For honey, honey is fake, acacia, sunflower, buckwheat, chestnut, heather, etc., and differs in color (from light to brown).
- By its consistency, honey can be liquid and crystallized (sat down, candied). Liquid honey remains within 1-2 months after pumping, then crystallizes.
- Mostly honey is used for colds. But its scope is much broader. It all depends on the healing properties of the plant from which the pollen was collected.
- A pronounced antipyretic and anti-inflammatory properties of lime honey has a straw shade and a lime blossom aroma. It is used for colds, bronchitis.
- Acacia honey is a good sedative, from sage used in diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Chestnut honey is recommended for normalization of blood circulation and in liver diseases, and mint has a choleretic effect.
- Dark brown buckwheat honey has tonic properties and is used in case of vitamin deficiencies, rheumatism, hypertension and heart diseases.
But which honey is the most useful? All types of honey are useful. The main thing is to keep the apiary in an ecologically clean area, and also not to be allergic to bee products. Allergies can also occur if the honey plant is an allergen for you.
How to use and store honey
As a tonic, honey is best used on an empty stomach, a spoonful in the morning and at night, dissolving in the mouth (you can drink it with water at room temperature). With a cold, they often drink hot tea or herbal teas with honey. But at temperatures above 50 useful components of honey are destroyed. Tea should be warm, but honey is best eaten at the top.
Honey loses its properties when heated (when melted), and from exposure to sunlight.Store it in a dark place in glass jars. Yes, and on the table to keep it should be in an opaque container with a lid.
Now you know what honey should be. Use it properly and be healthy!