If you typically use artificial sweeteners or refined sugar products like splenda, sucralose, agave, aspartame or sugar, you should think about switching these out for maple syrup and raw honey as soon as possible. Artificial sweeteners, while they may be calorie-free, are tied to numerous health problems including weight gain, fatigue, anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, short-term memory loss and much more.
The Benefits Of Raw Honey
Counters Pollen Allergens
By consuming some of the pollen that you are allergic to, your body can become desensitized to the offending pollen. This can result in less severe allergic reactions.
Natural Energy Source
Honey contains natural sugars (80%), water (18%) and minerals, vitamins, pollen and protein (2%). Honey has been called “the perfect running fuel” as it provides an easily absorbed supply of energy.
Studies have shown that a daily dose of raw honey raises levels of health-promoting antioxidants in the body. Antioxidants help block free radicals in the body that cause disease. It also boosts the immune system, acting as a preventative against any number of debilitating diseases.
Natural Cough Syrup
Raw honey has been shown to be as effective in treating coughs as over-the-counter commercial cough syrups. For a cough, a half teaspoon to two teaspoons of honey at bedtime is a studied and recommended dosage for anyone over the age of one.
Anti-bacterial Wound Healer
Raw honey can kill unwanted bacteria and fungus. It naturally contains hydrogen peroxide, an antiseptic. Honey is also used in medical settings to treat wounds because it’s an effective germ killer. Researchers believe this is because it has additional antibacterial properties besides the natural hydrogen peroxide.
Honey can also help one get a better night’s sleep. It causes a rise in insulin and triggers serotonin, that hormone familiar for improving one’s mood. The body converts serotonin into melatonin, the chemical compound responsible for regulating the quality and length of sleep.
Honey might also work to aid sleep as it contains tryptophan, that famous amino acid associated with turkey, known for making one sleepy after a large Thanksgiving meal. The rise in insulin caused by eating honey, leads to the tryptophan in honey to enter the brain, where it’s converted into serotonin, and then melatonin.
The Benefits Of Maple Syrup
The various health benefits of maple syrup can be attributed to the presence of various vitamins and minerals that are present in it. Let’s explore some of these important health benefits below.
Maple syrup has various antioxidant properties that are essential for healthy living. This natural sweetener features over 24 antioxidants that can help delay or prevent diseases caused by free radicals, such as cancer or diabetes.
Vitamins and Minerals
Maple syrup contains zinc and manganese in fairly high amounts, in addition to potassium and calcium. Zinc can help fight illness and improve immunity since it keeps your level of white blood cells up, while manganese plays a crucial role in fat and carbohydrate metabolism, calcium absorption, blood sugar regulation, brain and nerve function.
Studies have shown that a lack of zinc and manganese in the body could lead to a reduction in the number of white blood cells, which affects the response of our Immune system. Maple Syrup is a good source of both zinc and magnesium, which play a key role in strengthening the immune system.