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Honey: The benefits of heart health

It is known that LDL, also known as “bad” cholesterol,causes narrowing of the arteries and blood vessels that supply vital organs such as the heart, brain, kidneys and intestines.

This is why scientists insist on adopting a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise and diet free from foods with lots of saturated and trans fats and rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and fish.

One food that helps reduce cholesterol due to its αντιοξειδωτικάhigh antioxidant content is honey.

Elements such as potassium, calcium and sodium, as well as B vitamins, which are present in abundance in honey, prevent the transfer of cholesterol to the blood and its deposition in the blood vessels.

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Researchers from the University of Illinois gave volunteers various foods and beverages and then tested the levels of antioxidants in their blood.

Antioxidants, in addition to their beneficial action for the heart and vessels, also act against cancer as well as the mechanisms of aging and deterioration of the body.

The researchers’ conclusions on honey are that it contains many antioxidants of the phenol class.

In fact, they found that the darker the color of honey, the richer it is in beneficial ingredients.

The color and composition of honey depends on the flowers from which it comes. Honey derived from rye flowers is the darkest in color and the richest in nutrients and beneficial antioxidants (phenols).

Experts point out that honey contains the same antioxidants as green vegetables, such as broccoli and spinach, but also fruits such as apples, bananas, oranges and strawberries.

It has also been found that the combination of honey and cinnamon helps to better control blood sugar levels.

Source: onmed

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