The Restorative Properties of Mead
With the current state of the world, health has never been more important. Make no mistake – we’re not suggesting mead as a remedy to these trying times. Interestingly enough, though, the timeless alcoholic beverage does have some medicinal properties to it, thanks in large part to its simple mixture of nutrient-friendly ingredients. Here’s the scoop:
A Simple Composition
A Mead 101 refresher course for you: The beverage, while often imbued with subtle flavor, is—at its base—nothing more than a product of fermenting honey with water.
Now, most of the mead you try probably has a bit of an extra kick to it via various fruits, hops, grains, and/or spices. But its simplest composition is water and honey, and if you know anything about honey, then you’re probably already nodding your head about the drink’s “surprising” health properties.
Mead’s Medicinal Value
Fun fact: Honey does have nutritional worth. Believe it or not, it’s stockpiled with various vitamins and minerals. Albeit, these nutrients make up a tiny portion of what honey is, but they’re still there. Moreover, honey is rich in antioxidants.
Antioxidants are “warrior” compounds found in your body that help fend off nasty molecules known as free radicals. They’ve been linked to helping reduce heart attacks, strokes, and various types of cancer. Scientists also believe that antioxidants work together with probiotics and prebiotics to provide further benefits to the body. One such benefit: Gut health.
Additionally, in ancient times people were known to use honey in treating wounds and other injuries.
So, drink mead and stay healthy? Not exactly. But let’s not completely rule out the correlation. Small doses of beer and wine have long been linked to a running list of health benefits, and mead is no different.
While a true medical illness should be handled by a doctor, it is cool to know that mead carries with it a history of restoration. After all, it is the nectar of the Gods.