Honey is a natural product obtained from flower nectar and bee excretions. In addition to being a great natural sweetener, this food is full of benefits because it has antimicrobial action, able to prevent growth or destroy microorganisms and thus protect against disease.
It is one of the most sought after articles by tourists in Gerês. Of unmistakable flavor and tone, it originates from the various homemade beekeeping farms throughout the mountain.
Honey has antioxidant and prebiotic action, the latter modifies the balance of the intestinal microbial, stimulating the growth and / or activity of beneficial microorganisms. Because it is rich in carbohydrates and sugar, it is a great source of energy.
The food also contains potassium, magnesium, sodium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, manganese, cobalt, copper and some other minerals. Among these nutrients, potassium is the most present and is interesting for blood pressure balance.
In addition to sweetening honey fights infections and improves digestion
With good amounts of sugar and carbohydrates is a great quick source of energy. It also has some organic acids, one of which, gluconic acid, contributes to the formation of hydrogen peroxide, a powerful antibacterial. Iron and copper contribute to antimicrobial action.
Gluconic acid also has strong antioxidant action. The food still has a large number of compounds that provide this same benefit. Phenolic acids, flavonoids, certain enzymes such as glucose oxidase, catalase and peroxidase, ascorbic acid, hydroxymethylfurfuraldehyde and carotenoids. All substances contribute to combat the damage caused by oxidizing agents, present in food and the human body, thus preventing aging and diseases such as Alzheimer's, cardiovascular, among others.
Contains non-digestible carbohydrates and oligosaccharides that are prebiotics. This means that they contribute to the maintenance of the intestinal microbiota and thus stimulate intestinal transit, cooperate with normal stool consistency, prevent diarrhea and constipation.
This natural sweetener has potassium, interesting for balancing blood pressure, calcium, important for bone health, iron, necessary for the prevention of anemia, and other minerals.
Whenever you can, replace sugar with honey for your health.