Honey has been known for its benefits since ancient times, so it was called “liquid gold”. Honey has been used for medical purposes for thousands of years and it has been known for its anti-inflammatory and anti healing properties.
Honey is actually a form of complex sugar. It’s primarily made up of two different simple sugars, fructose and glucose, about 30% glucose and 40% fructose. Did you know the honey you eat late at night supplies your brain with the energy it needs while it continues to work while you are sleeping, plus many other benefits? Eating a teaspoon of honey before bed refuels your body with glucose, which is available in the blood and also converted to glycogen in the liver. The main energy source for the brain is the liver glycogen, where raw honey is the preferred energy source, as pasteurization kills most of the vitamins, antioxidants, and antibiotic properties of the honey.
Health Benefits of Honey Before Sleeping
- Helps in weight loss
Eating honey before bed helps you lose weight. It will help you burn fat quickly, as honey acts as a fuel to make the liver produce glucose. This glucose keeps the brain sugar levels high and makes it release fat burning hormones. Replacing sugar with honey will give you the sweetness you want but with added vitamins and minerals..
- Promotes sleeping
Honey is one of the best natural remedies for good sleep. It contains a nutrient called tryptophan, a hormone that helps you relax and gives your body the signal that “it’s time to go to bed.”
- Improves liver function
Honey will cause a mild elevation of glucose in the body. This way the brain and the liver will have fuel overnight and may function better.
- You will lower your triglycerides
Triglycerides are a type of fat present in blood and high levels of them means a higher risk of developing heart disease and diabetes. Honey is linked to diminishing the level of triglycerides in your body.
- Prevents pollen allergies
Using raw honey, not pasteurized can relieve allergies.
- Boost immune system
Honey is rich in antioxidants and antibacterial agents which help boost your immune system, making you stronger in fighting infections caused by microorganisms like bacteria, fungi, and numerous viruses.
- Provides energy
The glucose in honey is absorbed by the body quickly, giving an immediate energy boost, while the fructose provides sustained energy since it is absorbed more slowly.
- Treats cough
By taking a tablespoon of honey mixed with warm water each night you can minimize irritation in your throat and avoid coughs. Honey is a good antibiotic which can help fight any bacteria that ends up in your throat. Try adding honey to a cup of tea, and also using Manuka honey. Honey producers have a scale for rating the potency of manuka honey. The rating is called UMF, (Unique Manuka Factor). The UMF rating reflects the concentration of methylglyoxal (MG), the major antibacterial component in manuka. To be considered potent enough to be therapeutic, manuka honey needs a minimum rating of 10 UM.
- Treats burns and wounds
Just put some honey on the affected area before sleeping and let it stay overnight. The next day, you will notice that the wound is much better. Honey is also known for treating ulcers that may appear on skin.
- It will help you avoid depression
Honey contains polyphenol, an organic chemical that helps fight depression by countering the oxidative stress in your brain cells. Consuming honey each night will preserve your psychological health and wake up feeling motivated.
No matter what time of day you eat it, all types of honey provide a wealth of other medical and health benefits. So when you drink honey mixed with warm water or tea late at night or eat it straight out of the jar, it’s helping your body do much more than just fall and stay asleep.
Remember, if you have any form of bee allergy you should also be wary of taking honey and always consult your help care provider. It is also recommended to wait until children over 12 months of age to give any form of honey.