START A PETITION 25,136,189 members: the world's largest community for good
START A PETITION
x

10 Health Benefits of Honey

  • 1 of 4
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.

Love feeling healthy and living well? Follow Care2′s Pinterest boards for more inspirational tips and recipes.

Next page: MORE health benefits

  • 1 of 4

Read more: All recipes, Basics, Diet & Nutrition, Eating for Health, Food, , ,

have you shared this story yet?

go ahead, give it a little love

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).

90 comments

+ add your own
1:46PM PDT on Jul 11, 2014

I love honey so I hope all that is correct.

4:12AM PDT on Jul 10, 2014

Save the bees for this shared benefit of them and us

3:55AM PDT on Jul 10, 2014

Tom, I'm surprised to hear that sugar doesn't attack teeth, only honey...

3:54AM PDT on Jul 10, 2014

thank you

10:44PM PDT on Jun 8, 2014

http://www.marhaba.com.pk/prd_details.php?prd=44&cat=52

Honey is Anti-Cancer:
Marhaba Honey does not cure cancer but what many people don't think enough of or have overlooked is - honey possesses carcinogen-preventing and anti-tumour properties!

1:50AM PDT on May 25, 2014

What about the benefits of ants?

3:16AM PDT on May 14, 2014

Honey+lemon slice is good for sore throat! I eat toast with butter and honey often! And a teaspoon of honey before breakfast improves memory and studying! Honey is brilliant!
https://vidd.me/sQC

8:36AM PDT on May 13, 2014

Honey's is magical on your skin as well ~ http://www.honeydustblog.com/skin-care/oats-and-honey-face-cleanser

10:45PM PDT on Apr 21, 2014

I agree with King Sol,it is great stuff, with sultanas it makes rolled oats cooked in milk into a luscious breakfast.

1:30AM PDT on Mar 10, 2014

Always use good quality Honey.

add your comment



Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

people are talking

So Cute!! respect and love animals. Do not eat them!

Oh, what adorable kittens! I'd like to take them all home.

The USDA/FDA are CORRUPT!! And so is Health Canada (I'm Canadian)! Our hired "help" has come to beli…

Read what you want to read , do what you want to do ( just nothing without consent ) and lets not …

Story idea? Want to blog? Contact the editors!



Select names from your address book   |   Help
   

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.