If you are a honey lover, but never tried the honeycomb, it’s time for you to take the step.
A honeycomb is a mass of hexagonal wax cells built by honey bees in their nests to contain their larvae and stores of honey and pollen. In order to harvest honey, beekeepers may remove the entire honeycomb.
It looks like this.
You’ve probably never see it, the honeycomb has become rare these years. In countries like Australia and New Zealand, you can still see honeycomb selling in the health foods store. In other countries like Malaysia, Singapore, UK, they’re rare in market.
The honeycomb is great for the human health. It’s also a bit expensive. Honestly, every 5-star hotel offers honey in breakfast but only the top ones offer honeycomb at the same time.
The honeycomb contains very-long-chain fatty acids, along with long-chain alcohols, or esters. The honey stored within the honeycomb is the purest, rawest form of honey, and the wax the honeycomb is made of has nutritional value and health benefits.
The very-long-chain fats and alcohols found in the honeycomb is beneficial to heart health. The fatty alcohols that honeycomb is made of appear to significantly lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol, according to a review published in the March 2004 issue of the journal Experimental Biology and Medicine. In humans, clinical data in one study showed honeycomb fatty acids and alcohols lowered low-density lipoprotein by 21 to 29 percent.
The alcohols found in honeycomb appear to have antioxidant effects that help protect your liver. To test this, researchers conducted a study using a mixture of beeswax alcohol to evaluate the safety and effectiveness in people with fatty liver. Participants took a preparation of beeswax alcohol for 24 weeks, and at the end of the study researchers found that it helped normalize liver function and improve symptoms of fatty liver. The study was published in the July 2013 issue of the Korean Journal of Internal Medicine.
Glucose is vital to your health, as your body, especially your brain, relies on it for energy. And it appears that the waxy alcohols found in honeycomb promote healthy glucose metabolism. In the fatty liver study, the waxy alcohols in honeycomb significantly reduced insulin levels and markers for insulin resistance in participants. Insulin resistance can lead to type-2 diabetes and other problems.
Allergy is bothering a lot of people, the antioxidants and maybe some other unknown substance can relieve the symptoms of allergy. So it’s good for both children and adults. Not for infants though.
Of course, it’s sweet, so no one should overtake it.
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