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Honey is by far one of the oldest natural sweeteners on earth long before sugar became widely available in the 16th century. Bees swallow, digest and regurgitate nectar to make honey, and this nectar contains almost 600 compounds!
While honey is high in fructose, it contains many unique health benefits too that you might not even be aware of.
Benefit #1: Honey is an excellent cough and sore throat remedy
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Honey contains a substance that relieves irritation in your mouth or throat by forming a protective film. It is a common ingredient in over the counter cough medications, to soothe sore throat and related sleeping difficulties due to upper respiratory tract infections, especially in children. You can also add some lemon, lime or orange to give it a different flavor.
Benefit #2: Honey can help treat wounds
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Honey has been and is still a conventional therapy in fighting serious skin infection. The use of honey in wound care is regaining its popularity as it has antibacterial, antifungal and antioxidant elements that make it ideal for treating wounds and burn. Researchers have also discovered that honey contains some remarkable antiseptic qualities that helps to kill off bacteria and even heal ulcers.
Benefit #3: Honey boost your energy
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If you’re looking for a quick energy boost, such as before or after a workout, honey can suffice. Honey can provide energy over a longer duration especially for athletes or people with active lifestyles who are looking for a ‘time-released fuel’.
Benefit #4: Honey reduces allergy symptoms
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Honey contains pollen spores which are picked up by the bees from plants. It introduces a small amount of allergen into your body system. Researchers have found that this can activate your immune system and build up your natural immunity over time. Birch pollen honey could also serve as a complementary therapy for birch pollen allergy.
Benefit #5: Honey improves your scalp
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Diluting honey with a little warm water could improve seborrheic dermatitis, which is a scalp condition that causes dandruff and itching. You can also apply some honey to the scalp to relieve the itching.
So, what are you waiting for?
Question: Why did the bee get married?
Answer: Because he found his honey!