From the flowers to the table! Honey for Immunity
Obtained from the nectar of flowers processed by digestive enzymes of bees, honey has more and more space on the table of Brazilians thanks to its nutritional value. “It consists of simple sugars [glucose and fructose], water, minerals [calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and selenium], amino acids, organic acids [acetic and citric], vitamins [C, D, E and of the B complex] and good doses of antioxidants [flavonoids and phenolics], “List Paula Macedo, professor of nutrition at Santa Marcelinha College (FASM), in São Paulo (SP). And the advantages do not stop there. According to Cristina na Martins, nutritionists and director of the CM nutrition space, in Rio de Janeiro, besides having pleasant taste and aroma, honey is also antiseptic, antiviral, antiparasitic and anticartiogenic, that is, it acts against infections, viruses and parasites and decreases the chances of tumor formation.
By offering a cocktail of nutrients, the first benefit of this delight is the strengthening of immunity. And the research that proves this is not a few. A study at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. revealed that honey-fed rats had more defense cells in their blood than their non-tasting companions – a result very similar to that found in 2003 by the University of California, who conducted research on adult humans.
The rationale is that the antioxidant substances in honey are water soluble and strengthen the plasma, which is the aqueous portion of the blood. In addition, “polyphenols [antioxidants] present in their composition help protect the body against the action of free radicals, preventing cellular damage and diseases such as Alzheimer’s,” explains Renata Ribeiro, nutritionist at the clinic that bears his name, Rio de Janeiro – RJ).