Acacia belongs to the dicotyledonous family Rosaceae, and is an evergreen tree with about 500 species distributed in temperate and tropical regions. Because it contains excellent medicinal ingredients, it has been widely used as a medicine to treat various diseases. Acacia honey is a type of honey collected from acacia. Since the flowering period of acacia flowers is only about 20 days, it is known that the period for collecting nectar from the flowers is very short. Now, let’s take a look at the various effects of acacia honey and various side effects to be aware of when ingesting it.
Main Benefits of Acacia Honey
1. Stomach Health
The first effect of acacia honey can be said to improve gastric health. Acacia honey contains a large amount of natural antibacterial substance called abscisic acid, which is said to have a good effect in inhibiting the growth of Helicobacter pylori. Helicobacter pylori is a negative bacterium that lives in the gastric epithelial tissue and is known to cause gastritis, gastric ulcer, and gastric cancer. It is said that the excellent antibacterial action of abscisic acid, which is abundant in acacia honey, inhibits and induces death of Helicobacter pylori. And it is said that this action protects the stomach and helps a lot in the prevention of various stomach-related diseases. It is said that abscisic acid is not present in other honey, or is detected in very small amounts if present. Domestic acacia honey contains about 24mg of abscisic acid per 1kg, which is much higher than the abscisic acid content of honey harvested overseas. To get the good effect of acacia honey, scoop about a quarter of a teaspoon and drink it with warm water, which is known to help protect the stomach and prevent stomach diseases.
2. Boost immunity
Fructose, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and various enzymes, which are abundantly contained in acacia honey, have excellent physiological activity, which helps to enhance the immune system that protects our body from various pathogens, fungi, and viruses. In addition, it is reported to have a good effect in relieving fatigue while replenishing the lost energy due to this excellent metabolic accelerating action.
3. Inhibition of inflammation
When inflammation, a natural immune response of living tissue, becomes excessively active, it causes various physical abnormalities, and when it becomes chronic, it increases the risk of various inflammatory diseases. As an excellent natural antibiotic of acacia honey, it is said to be helpful in preventing various inflammation-related diseases such as arthritis, bronchitis, and cystitis by lowering the level of excessively produced inflammation. In addition, excessively increased inflammation in the blood vessels causes an increase in LDL cholesterol, which is a harmful cholesterol, which increases the risk of various cardiovascular diseases. Based on the excellent anti-inflammatory action of acacia honey, it reduces the level of inflammation in blood vessels, prevents narrowing of blood vessels due to inflammation, and helps a lot in lowering the level of harmful cholesterol.
4. Skin health
It is said that the complex action of various vitamins and minerals in acacia honey provides rich nutrition to the skin, protecting the skin and preventing the skin from drying out. In addition, acacia honey is known to have excellent antioxidant activity that protects the skin from free radicals, so it is said to help slow the aging process of the skin and improve the elasticity of the skin.
Other Benefits of Acacia Honey
In addition to the various effects mentioned above, acacia honey contains a large amount of iron, so it is said that it has a good effect in preventing and improving anemia, which is accompanied by various symptoms such as dizziness and lethargy due to a decrease in the number of red blood cells in the blood. In addition, magnesium, known as a natural sedative, also contains a large amount, so it is said to have a beneficial effect in improving various symptoms such as neuralgia and joint pain by maintaining the cell membrane potential of muscles and nerves. In addition, improvement of constipation symptoms through intestinal motility activity, improvement of cold hands and feet, prevention of colds, and improvement of insomnia are also reported to be effects that can be obtained by ingestion of acacia honey.
Side effects to watch out for when taking acacia honey
Although acacia honey has various benefits, there are also side effects to be aware of. Acacia honey contains less pollen than other honey, so people with pollen-related allergies often say that it is okay to consume, but if allergy-related symptoms appear, you should stop taking it immediately. Acacia honey may also contain food poisoning spores called botulinum. Ingestion of this botulinum bacteria should be avoided because it can cause a dangerous situation if ingested by infants under 1 year of age with weakened immune function.