5 Health Benefits of Honey

5 Health Benefits of Honey

1. It contains numerous vitamins and minerals // Although only present in trace amounts, honey contains nutrients that refined sugar lacks such as vitamin B6, thiamine, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and zinc.


2. It’s an antibacterial // Honey behaves as an antiseptic: it contains trace amounts of hydrogen peroxide which cleanses wounds and the sugars kill bacteria cells by osmosis. Also, honey has a low pH, which prevents bacterial growth, while the sugar also supports white blood cells, reducing inflammation and encouraging healthy tissue growth. For this reason, many people also use honey topically, such as in natural face masks.


3. You’ll support the environment // By using honey, you will be supporting the bee population and increasing agriculture productivity. Many plants (oranges, almonds) require insect pollination to reproduce. Honeybees are the number one insect pollinator and without them, our food system could collapse.


4. Local honey can reduce the effect of allergies // Some doctors and scientists believe that consuming local honey can reduce the effects of seasonal allergies. In a similar sense to the way a vaccine works, consuming honey, which contains trace amounts of pollen can encourage immunity to the pollen of the plants.


5. It won’t spoil // Honey’s acidity (low pH) as well as the hygroscopic (absorbs moisture from the air) sugar molecules make it so the honey won’t spoil and it can actually be used to preserve food.


Sources: Livestrong, PubMed


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