Regularly taken honey heightens the disease resistibility of an organism and prolongs life expectancy of an individual. Doctors set store by honey and consider it to be the main food for persons with high longevity: 80% of them (older than 100) were apiarists. Everyday honey consumption by elderly people makes them agile and improves body functions. In some countries honey is justly called “milk for the old”. However it’s useful both for the young and the old.
Analysis showed that honey contains antimicrobal substance with bacteriomatic (prevents bacteria development) and bactericidal (destroys bacteria) properties. Various kinds of honey have different antimicrobal properties depending on the type of the plants from which nectar has been collected. Some kinds of honey retain their properties even diluted by water in proportion 1:160. However honey antimicrobal properties are lost if it is heated. Mould never appears in natural honey, as it has antifungal effect.
The enumerated honey properties are widely used in treating various infectious diseases, caused by micro-organisms.
It's well known that honey in some cases is allergenic, especially for those who are allergic to pollen. Honey always contains a certain amount of pollen of the plants from which bees have collected nectar. But apart from the pollen honey itself can also be a strong allergen that is it can cause heightened sensitivity. It is necessary to test whether there is an allergy to it, before eating it or using it as a medicine. It has been found out that only 1% of people suffer from heightened sensitivity to honey. Honey in big quantities causes heaviness and stomachaches, burning pain, rash, itch. At present more than 400 components have been discovered in natural honey. There are about 20% of water and 80% of dry matter and carbohydrates (glucose and fructose) in the ripe honey. It contains vitamins P, PP, E, C and vitamins of the B complex, which are found in nectar and pollen. All kinds of honey contain lactic acid, apple acid, oxalic acid, wine acid, lemon acid, phosphoric acid, wine acid, lenoleic acid, hydro-chloric acid, and other acids and some salts. Acids come from nectar and are also synthesized in the process of maturing. Dark honey contains more acids.
There are also hormonal substances both of plant origin (phytohormones) and those secreted by bee glands. They strongly influence a human organism. Their amount depends on honey botanic origin and soil-climatic conditions. There is a lot of potassium, phosphorus, calcium, chlorine, and sulfur. Almost all the microelements of Mendeleev table are found in honey: manganese, cobalt, copper, iron.
Honeycomb is a wonderful remedy for treating some diseases of respiratory system. Wax of honeycomb, from which honey has been completely, pumped out also has medicinal properties. It is advisable to chew comb-honey, but if it problematic to get it, chewing of beeswax with which honeybees seal the cells. Beeswax contains a large number of antibiotic and conserving substances. It is successfully used for treating mouth cavity disease pharyngitis, gland inflammation of respiratory tract.
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