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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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1:30AM PDT on Mar 10, 2014

Always use good quality Honey.

11:46AM PST on Mar 1, 2014

Thanks.

8:43AM PST on Feb 5, 2014

hmmmm

3:39AM PST on Jan 24, 2014

So very true, MarilynBusy W! Honey is invaluable.

Karen H states: "Interesting that Care2 has this article on the health benefits of honey and another article on how we should cut back on honey because of the decimation of bee colonies."

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2:29PM PST on Jan 23, 2014

I buy raw local honey by the gallon. It's amazing!...But brush your teeth after having it!

10:25PM PST on Jan 4, 2014

Its nice

2:05PM PST on Dec 29, 2013

Interesting that Care2 has this article on the health benefits of honey and another article on how we should cut back on honey because of the decimation of bee colonies.

2:09PM PST on Dec 28, 2013

Love honey and now know it is best unpasteurized.

8:12AM PST on Dec 2, 2013

My concern is that the global bee population is at risk due to man's interventionist technology. It is worth the time to explore this documentary as honey is not the only bee product we should be concerned about.

EMF RADIATION (LOW FRQENCY) is on the suspect list along with Monsanto in killing honey bees around the world.

Resonance: Beings of Frequency Resonance - Beings of Frequency (documentary film)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_bEUIxdnp0



1:21AM PST on Dec 1, 2013

Thank you :)

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