Americans consumed 596 million pounds of honey in 2017, according to a recent study by the University of California Agricultural Issues Center. Each means that each person ate 1.82 pounds of honey during the time of the survey. Not surprising since honey is one of the most nutritious foods in the market for centuries. One of the latest researches claimed that honey has a lot of benefits for people aged 65 and above. Aside from its medicinal benefits on a person’s body, here are several reasons why seniors must include honey in their diet regularly.
Improves Gastrointestinal Health
Honey is known for its antibacterial properties and treating diseases like Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) as well as other antibiotic-resistant infections when converted in purified forms. Also, a dose of honey may be a good source of probiotics that could improve an elderly's natural gut flora. All seniors diagnosed with stomach ulcers or other gastrointestinal problems find ingesting honey beneficial. If all nursing homes serve honey to their patients, stomach problems may improve.
Lowers Blood Pressure And Improves Cholesterol
The antioxidant compounds found in honey have helped in reducing a person's blood pressure. A study on both humans and rats showed noticeable improvements in their blood pressure levels after consuming honey regularly. Honey consumption leads to significant improvements to a person's high LDL cholesterol levels. Since most seniors are affected by blood pressure and cholesterol problems, eating honey reduces their risks of acquiring more severe ailments in the long run.
Boosts Memory And Energy Levels
Research by New Zealand's University of Waikato discovered that rats who were given honey have better memory as they age compared to those who did not consume honey in their diet. This can be applied to humans since honey consumption can help in addressing memory impairment. Seniors are also encouraged to take a teaspoon of honey before walking a few blocks in the neighborhood or when doing several physical activities inside the nursing home to boost their energy levels. This practice was inspired by the Olympian tradition where athletes eat figs drizzled with honey to stimulate more energy from the natural sugars.
Honey contains a lot of minerals and nutrients that can improve overall well-being when consumed in moderation.