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10 Health Benefits of Honey

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10 Health Benefits of Honey

Discover the health benefits of one of the oldest sweeteners on earth, plus some interesting trivia, some great recipes and a few cautions.

Bees swallow, digest and regurgitate nectar to make honey; this nectar contains almost 600 compounds. We need our bees, so let’s do everything we can to save them and keep them here on this earth.

Honey is so good we have included it in our list of powerfoods that should be in your kitchen right now.

“My son, eat thou honey, for it is good” — King Solomon – Proverbs: 24:13

Health Benefits:

1. Prevent cancer and heart disease:
Honey contains flavonoids, antioxidants which help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease.

2. Reduce ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders.
Recent research shows that honey treatment may help disorders such as ulcers and bacterial gastroenteritis. This may be related to the 3rd benefit…

3. Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-fungal:
“All honey is antibacterial, because the bees add an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide,” said Peter Molan, director of the Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato in New Zealand.

4. Increase athletic performance.
Ancient Olympic athletes would eat 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.

5. Reduce cough and throat irritation:
Honey helps with coughs, particularly buckwheat honey. 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 cough and allowing proper sleep.

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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10:20AM PST on Dec 16, 2014

thanks

11:06PM PST on Dec 10, 2014

I cook with honey all the time and I've never had it turn into a glue like substance before

tastes great rubbed into a nice juicy steak

2:32PM PST on Nov 23, 2014

Thanks

2:26AM PDT on Oct 22, 2014

Thank you :)

12:50PM PDT on Sep 28, 2014

Great list!

I'm so happy that the "local honey helps allergies" bit. I run into so many people that claim it to be true...

There's a funny article I found about annoying honey myths. I think everyone will get a good laugh out of it. : ) http://www.viralbistro.com/10-annoying-myths-honey-ever/

5:26PM PDT on Sep 19, 2014

Interesting article, thank you!

6:42PM PDT on Sep 13, 2014

I can do all that without eating honey. Vegan here :)

5:59PM PDT on Sep 13, 2014

merci Diana

4:36PM PDT on Sep 7, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

8:08AM PDT on Sep 7, 2014

Interesting article, thank you. I love honey!

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