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Chestnut honey, just over a teaspoon to counteract neuroinflammation

February 09, 2024
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Chestnut honey, just over a teaspoon to counteract neuroinflammation

Honey, if taken in moderation, helps keep blood sugar under control and counteract inflammation and free radical damage that can affect the brain. Below we will see which honey to choose and how much to take to benefit from these properties

Honey, what a delight! And if it turns out that honey also protects the brain from inflammation and helps regulate blood sugar... well, it's even more delicious. So let's delve deeper into this very interesting and yummy topic, also trying to understand which type of honey brings these benefits. To do this, we will analyze a scientific article published in the journal Nutrients by an Italian team from the University of Palermo (Terzo et al, Nutrients, 2022).

Honey protects the brain and regulates blood sugar

The research was conducted in the laboratory on a population of mice. The mice were divided into three groups. One group was fed a standard diet, the second group a high-fat diet and the third group a high-fat diet with added honey. The honey used for the experiment was Sicilian chestnut honey. Well, after 4 months the addition of honey to the high-fat diet made it possible to prevent the alteration of blood sugar levels caused by an unbalanced diet. Honey reduced fasting blood sugar, insulin and leptin, which is a hormone that increases when fat mass increases. At the same time, honey increased adiponectin, a hormone that tends to increase in thin people and which is protective for the heart, and glucose tolerance. Finally, the most important thing. Honey also protected the brain from the damage of a high-fat diet, counteracting neuroinflammation and alterations in the brain mitochondria, which are the centers that develop energy for cells.

Which honey and how much honey to take to protect the brain and regulate blood sugar

Honey, if taken in moderation and within a varied and balanced diet, is also a healthy food, useful for counteracting insulin resistance, high blood sugar and inflammation, even at the brain level, as we saw thanks to the study we talked about today. The amount of honey considered beneficial was estimated at 10 grams, approximately one and a half teaspoons. Today's study did not analyze just any honey, but chestnut honey. This honey is characterized by a high presence of antioxidants, such as quercetin and kaempferol, which, as shown by studies, are able to overcome the barrier between blood and brain and protect neurons from the damage of free radicals and inflammation.

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