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Panda Nutrition at Natural Products Scandinavia 2018

Panda Nutrition at  Natural  Products Scandinavia 2018

Thank you for visiting our booth at Natural Products Scandinavia 2018

We would like to thank you all for taking the time to visit our booth at natural products Scandinavia 2018, held at Malmo, Sweden, from November 14th to 15th.

We are very excited about a large number of visitors to our booth. It was a fine opportunity to present our latest aloe vera premium products. We thank you for your interest in our products and look forward to the opportunity of serving you.

If you have any questions about our exhibits, please feel free to contact us at    sales@pandanutrition.eu

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10 Surprising Health Benefits of Honey

10 Surprising Health Benefits of Honey

Since ancient times, honey has been used as both a food and a medicine.

It’s very high in beneficial plant compounds, and offers several health benefits.

Honey is particularly healthy when used instead of refined sugar, which is 100% empty calories.

Here are the top 10 health benefits of honey that are supported by science.

1. Honey Contains Some Nutrients

Honey is a sweet, thick liquid made by honeybees.

The bees swarm their environment and collect the sugar-rich nectar of flowers (1).

Then inside the beehive, they repeatedly consume, digest and regurgitate (“vomit”) the nectar.

The end product is honey, a liquid that is supposed to serve as stored food for the bees. The smell, color and taste depend on the types of flowers the bees visit.

Nutritionally, 1 tablespoon of honey (21 grams) contains 64 calories and 17 grams of sugar, including fructose, glucose, maltose and sucrose.

It contains virtually no fiber, fat or protein .

It also contains trace amounts (under 1% of RDA) of several vitamins and minerals, but you would have to eat many pounds to fulfill your daily requirements.

Where honey shines is in its content of bioactive plant compounds and antioxidants. Darker types tend to be even higher in these compounds than lighter types

 2.High-Quality Honey Is Rich in Antioxidants

High-quality honey contains many important antioxidants. These includes phenols, enzymes and compounds like flavonoids and organic acids (5).

Scientists believe that it is the combination of these compounds that gives honey its antioxidant power (5).

Interestingly, two studies have shown that buckwheat honey increases the antioxidant value of the blood (67).

Antioxidants have been linked to reduced risk of heart attacks, strokes and some types of cancer. They may also promote eye health (8).

Honey contains a number of antioxidants, including phenolic compounds like flavonoids.

3. Honey Is “Less Bad” Than Sugar for Diabetics

The evidence on honey and diabetes is mixed.

On one hand, it can help with some risk factors that are common in diabetics.

For example, it lowers LDL cholesterol, triglycerides and inflammation, and raises HDL (the “good”) cholesterol (91011).

However, some studies have found that it can also increase blood sugar levels, just not as much as refined sugar (10).

So, while honey may be “less bad” than refined sugar for diabetics, it is still something that diabetics should only consume with caution.

In fact, diabetics may do best minimizing all high-carb foods .

Some studies show that honey improves heart disease risk factors in diabetics. However, it also raises blood sugar levels, so it can not be considered “diabetic-friendly.

4. The Antioxidants in It Can Help Lower Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is an important risk factor for heart disease, and honey may help lower it.

This is because it contains antioxidant compounds that have been linked to blood pressure lowering effects (13).

Studies in both rats and humans have shown modest reductions in blood pressure from consuming honey (1415).

Eating honey may lead to modest reductions in blood pressure, which is an important risk factor for heart disease.

5.Honey Also Helps Improve Cholesterol

Having high LDL cholesterol levels is an important risk factor for heart disease.

It plays a major role in atherosclerosis, the fatty buildup in the arteries that can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

Interestingly, several studies have shown that honey can improve your cholesterol levels.

It reduces total and LDL cholesterol, while significantly raising HDL (the “good”) cholesterol.

For example, one study in 55 patients compared honey to table sugar. It found that it caused a 5.8% reduction in LDL and a 3.3% increase in HDL. It also caused weight loss of 1.3%, compared to sugar .

Honey seems to have a positive effect on cholesterol levels. It leads to modest reductions in total and LDL cholesterol, while raising HDL.

6.Honey Can Lower Triglycerides

Elevated blood triglycerides are another major risk factor for heart disease.

They are also a key sign of insulin resistance, a major driver of type 2 diabetes.

Triglyceride levels tend to increase on a diet that is high in sugar and refined carbs.

Interestingly, multiple studies have linked regular honey consumption with lower triglyceride levels, especially when it is used to replace sugar (9101116).

For example, one study that compared honey and sugar found 11-19% lower triglyceride levels in the honey group (17).

Elevated triglycerides are a risk factor for heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Several studies show that honey can lower triglyceride levels, especially when it is being used to replace sugar.

7. The Antioxidants in It Are Linked to Other Beneficial Effects on Heart Health

Again, honey is a rich source of phenols and other antioxidant compounds. Many of these have been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease .

They may help the arteries in the heart dilate, increasing blood flow to the heart. They may also help prevent the formation of blood clots, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

Furthermore, one study in rats showed that honey protected the heart from oxidative stress.

All this being said, there is no long-term human study available on honey and heart health, so take this with a grain of salt.

The antioxidants in honey have been linked to beneficial effects on heart health, including increased blood flow to the heart and a reduced risk of blood clot formation.

8.Honey Promotes Burn and Wound Healing

Applying honey to the skin has been used to heal wounds and burns since ancient Egypt, and is still being used today.

In one review from 2015, 26 studies on honey and wound care were evaluated .

This review found that it is most effective at healing partial thickness burns and wounds that have become infected after surgery .

It is also an effective treatment for diabetic foot ulcers, which are very serious complications and can lead to amputation .

One study reported a 43.3% success rate with honey as a wound treatment. In another study, topical honey healed a whopping 97% of patients being treated for their diabetic ulcers .

Researchers believe that its healing powers come from its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects, as well as its ability to nourish the surrounding tissue .

What’s more, it can help treat other skin conditions, including psoriasis, hemorrhoids and herpes lesions .

When applied to the skin, honey can be part of an effective treatment plan for burns, wounds and many other skin conditions. It is particularly effective for diabetic foot ulcers.

9.Honey Can Help Suppress Coughs in Children

Coughing is a common problem for children with upper respiratory infections.

It can affect sleep and quality of life, for both the children and their parents.

However, mainstream medications for cough are not always effective and can have side effects.

Interestingly, honey may be a better choice. The evidence shows that it is very effective .

One study found that it worked even better than two common cough medications .

Another study found that it reduced cough symptoms and improved sleep even more than cough medication.

Nevertheless, it should never be given to children under 1 year of age, due to the risk for botulism .

For children over one year of age, honey can act as a natural and safe cough suppressant. Some studies show that it is even more effective than cough medication.

10.It’s Delicious, But Still High in Calories and Sugar

Honey is a delicious, healthier alternative to sugar.

Make sure to choose a high-quality organic honey , because some of the lower-quality ones may be adulterated with syrup.

Keep in mind that it should only be consumed in moderation, as it is still high in calories and sugar.

The benefits of honey are most pronounced when it is replacing another unhealthier sweetener.

At the end of the day, honey is simply a “less bad” sweetener than sugar and high-fructose corn syrup.

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all you want to know about organic honey

all you want to know about organic honey

What Is Organic Honey?

Some people have the opinion that all honey available in the market is natural and obtained from the wild. Others feel that during its production carried out on chemically sprayed farms it can get contaminated with the pesticides sprayed on the crops and weeds.

However, the truth is that the bees may also get affected by the extensive pesticide usage which goes on in the chemically treated farms. This issue is so severe that the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, warned Barack Obama in May 2013 that if the excessive use of pesticides is not reduced, it could lead to a globally volatile situation as the bee population throughout the world may become more and more affected. If pesticides can kill the bees, how can they not affect the honey produced by these bees? Moreover, non-organic production involves antibiotics for controlling diseases. It should also be noted that so far, there is no scientific proof that organic honey is healthier than non-organic variety.

Then why should you eat organic honey? Well, many people prefer to be cautious. Most of our decisions are based on our beliefs and conscience. Since organic production involves following stringent guidelines, people feel secure when they eat organic type as compared to when they eat non-organic. Given below are some of the ways in which pesticide and antibiotic contamination of honey can take place:

Contamination of Honey

It can be contaminated with the pesticides sprayed on crops through one or more of the following ways:

-In some cases, when the plants and weeds containing flowers have been sprayed with pesticides, the bees get poisoned too.
-At times, the pesticide is sprayed on the bees directly.
-In many cases, the bees collect nectar and pollen that has been contaminated with pesticides.
-When pesticides are sprayed, part of the amount is accumulated in the water on or near the plants. When the bees drink this water, they are also affected.
-On some occasions, the pesticide gets sprayed on the beehives or gets transported to it from the sprayed plants.

Residues of Antibiotics

Conventional bees are given large doses of antibiotics to protect them from diseases, but unfortunately, the honey also becomes contaminated with these antibiotics. In 2002, samples of Chinese honey were tested for the presence of antibiotics in Europe. Several samples were found to contain traces of antibiotics, which led to a ban on the imports of Chinese honey in Europe. The ban was later removed in 2004 due to improvements in Chinese veterinary standards and imports of honey from China were resumed.

What leads to this antibiotics contamination? Unlike organic production, conventional honey production does not involve stringent guidelines for the quantity and mode of transmission of antibiotics to the bees. As a result, apiculturists have a free hand when using these antibiotics. When farmers use excessive quantities of antibiotics the chance of contamination increases.

What is the problem with residues of antibiotics being found in honey? The antibiotics given to the bees are veterinary antibiotics such as chloramphenicol, streptomycin, and sulfonamides. Large doses of chloramphenicol administered into the human beings may cause cancer and aplastic anemia. Similarly, high doses of streptomycin and sulfonamides are harmful too.

Many countries have not banned the use of these harmful drugs in apiculture. The EU has banned all three while the US has only banned chloramphenicol till date.

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All you want to know about aloe vera

The plant

Aloe Vera is an age-old plant which has been proven to possess important therapeutic and cosmetic properties. There are more than 360 species of aloe, however only five of them have been proven to benefit health. Aloe Barbadensis Miller or as it is widely known Aloe Vera, is the most effective and widespread species.

Aloe Vera gel which is located in the hard, juicy and fleshy leaves, contains upward of 200 nutrients.

They are biologically active nutrients that reinforce each other so to constitute a valuable ally for health, for both prevention and repair of damage and for the improvement of cosmetic and organic problems. Vitamins, minerals, and trace elements, amino acids, enzymes, polysaccharides, lignin, malic acid, fatty acids, anthraquinones, steroids and many more function as a group and are absorbed in their entirety by the human body.

History

Etymologically, the word aloe comes from the hebrew word “alloeh” meaning bitter and bright substance, while the word vera has its root in latin, meaning real, genuine. Aloe’s story takes us centuries back, when people used it as a therapeutic plant, due to its significant ability to treat and heal wounds, burns, and bites.

It is known that hundreds of historical figures made use of aloe’s properties. Characteristically, Christopher Columbus carried on board pots of aloe, so that the sailors could avoid scurvy (lack of vitamin C). Officially, though, the plant’s beneficial properties were validated in1959 by the FDA.

Cultivation

Aloe cultivation is complex as it requires particular conditions in soil and climate. It may grow on stony and dry fields, that must have a fast acting drainage system. It helps if the terrain is sloping.

The plant benefits from sunshine, plenty of light and wind, therefore, it does not thrive in low temperatures and places were there is heavy snow in winter. It is recommended to cultivate aloe in coastal regions with a warm climate, so that the plant is not required to use its own natural resources.

For all the reasons mentioned above, the land in Greece and in particular the climate of the South are especially favorable for the cultivation of high quality, potent aloe. It is also important to avoid planting in winter.

The ideal age for harvest and processing, when the leaves contain all valuable ingredients, is between 2 and 3 years. At this age inside the leaves, in gel form are all those ingredients that make aloe known as a “natural pharmacy”.

Health

Aloe, as a natural juice, taken daily at the right amount, helps in the prevention, rehabilitation, or alleviation of more than 100 different conditions. In particular:

– It prevents and reduced joint inflammation. It has reparatory and analgesic action, while it improves the mobility of muscles and joints.

– It has fungicidal and antimicrobial action, while operating as a preventative against colds, the flu and respiratory infections.

– It significantly improves digestion and food absorption as it regulates the microbiota. At the same time, it operates beneficially in cases of collitis and other digestive disorders such as constipation, hemorrhoids, stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux and more.

– It is a very potent source of 9 vitamins (E, C, B1, B1, Β2, Β3, Β6, Β12, and follic acid), minerals, trace elements, enzymes, and aminoacids, in particular it is the sole vegetable source for B12.

– It has revitalizing and rejuvenative action on skin lesions (wounds, burns, etc) and skin disorders (acme, psoriasis, herpes zoster, blemishes, etc)

– It acts as an antiaging agent as it fights toxinosis: free radicals on the skin, while at the same time offering excellent hydration. It increases local blood circulation and improves the face’s skin elasticity and brilliance, by promoting elastin fiber and collagen production.

– It improves blood circulation, mainly on the level of small capillary vessels, where happens the exchange of oxygen and nutrients for our cells.

– It contributes to the body’s detoxification. When the levels of free radicals exceed the normal, they act destructively toward our cells. Aloe cleans the organs and assists in their normal function.

– It offers energy, while aiding in preserving a healthy body weight.

– It has anti inflammatory properties which results in suppressing inflammation in any part of the body.

– It actively contributes in the reduction of arterial pressure, cholesterol, and blood glucose in cases of diabetes mellitus.

– It has anti-allergenic properties.

– It contributes to dental and oral hygiene.

Ideal

Aloe is the only plant – herb that is 100% biochemically compatible with the human body. This means that aloe is composed of the same elements that compose the human body. Therefore, benefits differ from person to person. Every person gains from aloe exactly what it needs (what is missing) and the rest are excreted without burdening the body.

It is ideal for vegetarians, smokers, athletes, people on a diet as well as those on medication. However, use by those having chronic medical conditions should be done by doctor’s consent.

cretaland  premium aloe  products do not have to be administered on large doses, as they are all fortified.

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