At the beginning of autumn, everyone thinks about strengthening immunity, and many believe that honey will help in the prevention of seasonal SARS. It is worth remembering that in some cases this product can bring not only benefits, but also harm. Irina Estrina, an allergist-immunologist at LLC INVITRO-Rostov-on-Don, spoke about this in an interview with Izvestia.
As the specialist emphasized, honey is one of the really useful products. It contains fructose, glucose, maltose, sucrose, vitamins B, K, C, as well as polyphenols and trace elements, due to which honey has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects.
It is not for nothing that honey is considered one of the most beneficial foods for immunity. Just 2 tablespoons of honey provides our body with all the important vitamins and minerals needed to strengthen the immune system. But it should be borne in mind that honey contains fast carbohydrates, so it can be dangerous for patients with metabolic disorders, obesity, and diabetes,” Estrina warned.
Another dangerous condition in which honey consumption should be limited is allergy. However, it is not very common, and the symptoms can be very different. In particular, allergies can manifest as hives, rhinitis, angioedema, and even anaphylactic shock, as well as lead to breathing problems.
“Someone may experience painful bloating, cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea. In more complex cases, headaches, dizziness, and even fainting may occur. At the same time, an allergic person can react differently to varieties of honey: some are well tolerated, others cause an allergic reaction. Among the most allergenic varieties of honey are flower and linden, as they contain meadow grass pollen. The abuse of honey can also lead to an allergic attack, ”the doctor said.
She also noted that overeating honey can adversely affect the body, provoking the development of diabetes, as well as cause overweight and obesity, and adversely affect the kidneys and pancreas.
To prevent SARS, Estrina advised adding a teaspoon of honey, lemon and ginger to tea, as well as drinking warm milk with honey.
“But remember, honey cannot be added to a liquid whose temperature is above 40 degrees: in boiling water it loses its healing properties. And if you heat honey to 42 degrees, it will not only destroy many useful substances in its composition, but also lead to the release of substances harmful to the human body. Therefore, add honey after the tea is brewed, and the water has cooled down a bit. At the same time, honey will not turn into poison, no matter how long you subject it to heat treatment: it initially does not contain any toxic components that are dangerous to humans, ”explained the expert.
The doctor also advised to use honey as an independent product. In this case, it is recommended to eat honey 1 hour before or after meals, 1-2 teaspoons in the morning, on an empty stomach. It is better to do this in the morning because of the presence of fast carbohydrates in the product.
Earlier in the day, Anton Brykin, a sports nutritionist and nutritionist at the Hemotest laboratory, spoke about studies pointing to the antitumor properties of ginger. According to him, ginger contains the alkaloid capsaicin. According to studies, this substance has antitumor activity in lung and pancreatic cancer: it causes the death of cancer cells without affecting healthy ones. Capsaicin also reduces the risk of colorectal cancer.