Amazing Benefits of Honey

Sourced from Care2.com

HELPS PREVENT CANCER AND HEART DISEASE

Honey contains flavoniods, antioxidants which help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease. 

REDUCES ULCERS AND OTHER GASTROINTESTINAL

DISORDERS

Recent research shows that honey treatment may help

disorders such as ulcers and bacterial gastroenteritis.

ANTI-BACTERIAL AND ANTI-FUNGAL

"All honey is antibacterial, because the bees add and an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide," said Peter Molan, director of the Honey Reseach Unit at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. This also contributes to the incredibly long self-life of honey.  

BALANCES THE 5 ELEMENTS

Honey has been used in Ayurvedic medicine in India for at least 4,000 years and is considered to affect all three of the body's primitive material imbalances positively. When honey is used with other herbal preparations, it enhances the medicinal qualities of those preparations and also helps them to reach the deeper tissues.  

INCREASES ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE 

Ancient Olympic athletes ate honey and dried figs to enhance their performance. This has now been verified with modern studies, showing that it is superior in maintaining glycogen levels and improving recovery time than other sweeteners.  

REDUCES COUGH AND THROAT IRRITATION 

Honey helps with coughs, by coating and soothing the throat. In a study of 110 children, a single dose of buckwheat honey was just as effective as a single dose of dextromethorphan in relieving nocturnal couch and allowing proper sleep. 

HELPS REGULATE BLOOD SUGAR

Even though honey contains simple sugars, it is not the same as white sugar or artificial sweeteners. It's the exact combination of fructose and glucose that actually helps the body regulate blood sugar levels. 

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