Chestnut honey properties and benefits!
(Georgia, Adjara region)
Caucasian flora is extremely rich and diverse, especially with chestnut forests. In addition, Caucasian highland regions are ecologically clean & non-polluted. GoldBee company harvests the chestnut honey in sub alpine zones of central Georgia at up to 1000 meters above sea level – in dense chestnut forests. The Latin name for chestnut is Castanea Sativa. This species live about 500 - 600 years.
Chestnut honey is very aromatic and has a unique flavor that compliments its bitter aftertaste, adding to its savour. The variety is rich in vitamins and minerals and boasts a high antioxidant content, providing anti-inflammatory, anti-allergy, anti-acne, cough-suppressing, anti-radiation and antibacterial benefits as well as soothes an irritated throat and stomach lining. The natural sugars, vitamins and minerals in chestnut honey help restore energy levels and combat fatigue naturally.
It is important to always choose raw, natural honey and avoid heating because this can cause it to lose its beneficial properties.
Chestnut honey distinguishes itself by a dark pigments that renders it even more appealing. Most people prefer dark honeys such as chestnut honey for various reasons – primarily for a higher antioxidant content, a superior nutritional profile, particularly higher mineral content, unique aroma, bitter aftertaste or relatively high pollen content. Pollen generally is being considered a natural immunomodulator.
Chestnut honey is usually dark-colored, but can range from amber-brown to a very dark brown that appears almost black. Brownish-golden, reddish reflexes may occur. Dark-colored honeys such as chestnut honey, oak honey or forest honeys (honeydew) have been found to have a superior antioxidant profile than light-colored ones.
Rich in antioxidants-radionuclides and radiation protection
Chestnut honey is rich in antioxidant polyphenols which protect cells against the various harmful actions of free radicals and educing oxidative stress and subsequent cell damage. The honey is believed to help counteract oxidation from pollution, stress, medication and other similar factors. Desert countries and people who lives there, especially with oil industry always have problems with industrial radiation (oil industry, petroleum producing, gas pumping industry, chemistry - the waste contain radioactive nuclides and metal compounds (e.g. cadmium, lead, zinc and sulphates). Chestnut honey is especially beneficial for workers of above-mentioned industrial areas!
Polyphenols in chestnut honey have anti-radiation protection not only against natural radiation, but against medical radiation - after x-ray therapy and chemotherapy. Please see bellow link of scientific research of honey protection functions -https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18485252 (The National Center for Biotechnology Information, USA) The study shows that prophylactic use of pure natural honey was effective in reducing mucositis resulting from radiochemotherapy in patients with head and neck cancer.
Immunomodulating and anti-allergen properties
The immunomodulating properties of chestnut honey are believed to be a result of its generally higher pollen content. Pollen attaches itself to the honey bee’s body when it gathers nectar and then becomes part of the honey. Studies suggest pollen prevents the release of histamine from mast cells (a type of white blood cell), potentially contributing to antiallergic effects
Moreover, it further benefits the immune system by helping leukocytes (white blood cells) producing organs accumulate important nutrients needed for their good functioning. However, if you are already allergic to chestnut pollen or honey bee enzymes, consumption should be restricted or avoided because it will trigger an allergic reaction.
Chestnut honey antioxidant polyphenols and other unique components are responsible for its general anti-inflammatory effects. This is because of its inflammation-reducing action and antibacterial properties, that the honey can help with sore throat, wound healing, ulcers and even acne and promote a faster recovery for patients.
Chestnut honey is known for its impressive natural antibacterial properties derived primarily from its content of hydrogen peroxide, a naturally-occurring antimicrobial. Moreover, its low moisture content and density further contribute to its antibacterial effects by reducing bacteria numbers. Studies show the honey can inhibit the growth of Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli etc. and fungi such as Candida albicans, improve wound healing time by reducing bacterial load and promote a faster recovery following respiratory infections.
Poly-vitamins and minerals
Being a darker honey, chestnut honey has a superior nutritional profile, containing higher amounts of vitamins and minerals than any other varieties, notably vitamin C, potassium, iron, manganese, copper, trace amounts of amino acids and other nutrients. Vitamin C has a great antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect, iron prevents and treats anemia, while potassium is great for nervous system and cardiovascular health.
Skin care effect
Because of its tannin content which makes it slightly astringent, chestnut honey can help temporarily tighten skin and give it a more youthful and fresh appearance. When applied as a face mask, it makes skin softer and helps unclog pores. Because of antibacterial properties, it reduces bacteria numbers of skin and possibly prevents more serious acne.
Chestnut honey is viscous and has a low moisture content, characteristics that contribute to its soothing effect by allowing it to form a protective layer over the throat or stomach lining and allow them to heal while preventing further irritation. This is why the honey is added to tea or consumed raw before eating and is said to help with respiratory infections, wounds, gastritis and ulcers.
Goldbee Corp. wishes you a strong health!