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7 Surprising Health Benefits of Honey

Honey is more than a sweet treat courtesy of the bees, it actually has many health merits. Some of which include:

  1. Protection against harmful oxidative stresswhen free radicals over-replicate, they destroy cells which can lead to cancer when the mutated cells replicate. Honey contains antioxidants, which help defend the cells against oxidative stress. Antioxidants are instrumental in disease prevention, particularly cancer.
  2. Helping stomach conditionshoney is antibacterial because the bees add hydrogen peroxide during the process of making it. Largely because of its antibiotic properties, research illustrates that honey can help in the treatment of such stomach conditions as bacterial gastroenteritis. It can also help with wound healing.
  3. Soothing a sore throat – Singers have been using honey to sooth irritated throats for decades, and science says they were on to something. One study of over 100 children showed that a dose of honey was as effective as a dose of cough syrup in quelling cough and throat symptoms so sick children can sleep.
  4. A natural analgesic – Honey has shown to reduce pain perception in lab rats.
  5. Anti-inflammatory properties – honey has long been used to help inflammation, as it has natural anti-inflammatory Some studies suggest it may be offer supplemental help in the treatment of such inflammatory conditions as arthritis.
  6. Helps improve skin – honey is also a natural moisturizer, so it can help hydrate the skin. It can also help with the inflammation and bacteria caused by acne. Honey can relieve inflammation and prevent a breakout after shaving as well.
  7. May help with heart disease Surprisingly, studies have shown that honey may help increase antioxidants in the blood, which can help prevent narrowing of the arteries.

Even though honey has many health benefits, it still has its drawbacks as well, so as the old saying goes, “everything in moderation”. Adding some more honey to your diet may be helpful, especially if you are having stomach issues, a sore throat or have heart disease or cancer risk factors. Thanks for visiting DocChat! We hope you’ll return again soon.