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10 Health Benefits of Honey

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A certain teddy bear from a favorite childhood story always seemed to be getting him in trouble searching for his favorite food. It wasn’t berries, or salmon, or any of the other normal bears diet nibbles, but the sweet, thick nectar of the honeybee that he loved so much. Although overindulgence in this sugary substance probably caused this teddy bear to become quite portly, he would of benefited from the healthy consequences of his sweet lust.

This magical concoction created by flower nectar and the digestive tract of a bee has been used as a medicine and natural remedy for thousands of years. Scientific studies confirm this ancient healer wisdom. Besides the importance of bees as a pollinator of food crops, their honey is an important natural source of sweetness and is also good for treating or preventing certain conditions. Here are ten health benefits of honey…

 

1. Anti-Microbial

Honey has been long used to treat cuts and burns in traditional medicine. A lack of the scientific method at that time meant that honey’s usefulness was recognized through trial and error. The longevity of its use and the variety of cultures contained within honey should be some indication of its potency.

According to a study entitled, ‘Honey: A Reservoir for Microorganisms and an Inhibitory Agent for Microbes’, published by African Health Science and the National Institutes of Health, honey has properties that inhibit around 60-species of bacteria. Honey has been proved effective against Staph and MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureu) infections.

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