Benefits of Acacia Honey
Honeybees collect nectar from the freshly opened flowers of the Acacia Tree which bloom for about fifteen days in a year. Honey made by using this nectar is light-colored and sometimes it is crystal clear like plain water. It tastes like vanilla with a light fragrance.
Nutritional Properties of Acacia Honey
One tablespoon (Approximately 21 grams) of acacia honey provides about 60 calories and 17 grams of sugar. Fructose sugar is the most prevalent in acacia honey. Nutritionally, it provides no protein, fat, or fiber. But, it contains small amounts of several vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C and magnesium. It is enriched in plant compounds like flavonoids, which act as antioxidants.
Medical Properties of Acacia Honey
Acacia honey is enriched in antioxidants and possesses a low Glycemic Index (GI) ranking. So, it helps in regulating blood sugar levels. (‘Honey in Traditional and Modern Medicine’ written by Laïd Boukraâ). Hence, it is considered safe for patients suffering from Diabetes type -II.
- It is used in treating respiratory infections, insomnia, kidney disease, and headaches, (‘The Honey Prescription: The amazing power of honey as medicine’ written by Nathaniel Altman).
- It is the beauty of nature that acacia honey, due to its higher fructose content, crystallizes at a very slow rate. Acacia honey increases the level of blood hemoglobin. Sleep is improved. It has a calming effect and acts as a stress reliever. It Stimulates brain activity and is quite suitable for those who labor intellectually and physically as it energizes the body.
- Owing to its strong antiseptic effect, it is also applied in cases of eczema, sores, skin problems, neurodermatitis, and diseases of the oral cavity.
- Acacia honey purifies the liver. It acts as a diuretic and antimicrobial agent and is often defined as a natural antibiotic.
- It is beneficial in cases of bronchial asthma and is also used for the treatment of rhinitis, bronchitis, laryngitis, tracheitis, etc.
- Acacia honey is a natural source of a rich complex of vitamins and microelements, antioxidants, flavonoids, phytonutrients, substances with anti-cancer and anti-tumor properties, antibacterial compounds, biogenic stimulators, organic acids, and minerals.