Honey is a sweet and viscous fluid produced by bees from the nectar of flowers and an elixir which promotes general health and well-being. It is comprised of proteins, fats, enzymes, amino acids, glucose, fructose and minerals like magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium chlorine, sulphur, iron, phosphate. It also contains vitamins B1, B2, C, B6, B5 and B3; as well as copper, iodine, and zinc in small quantities. Additionally, it contains a host of antioxidants, which are used by the body to eliminate free radicals.
It's therefore a good alternative to sugar in food and drink. Here are some of its health benefits: It provides energy. Honey is a source of natural unrefined sugars and carbohydrates, which does not need to be broken down by the digestive process; it is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, providing an instant energy boost. Its free sugar molecules make the brain function better since the brain is the largest consumer of sugar, thus, reduces fatigue. Honey is a good source of antioxidants. It builds up the immune system; therefore, plays a big role in helping the body fight infection. It also provides an important part of the energy needed by the body for blood formation and also helps in cleansing the blood.
It has a low calorie level. When compared with the same amount of sugar, it gives 40% less calories to the body. Although it gives great energy to the body, it does not add weight to the body. It is a weight loss aid because it helps in the metabolism of fats.
It is a natural antiseptic. Honey contains antimicrobial agents, which prevent infections by killing the bacteria in and around wounds. It has a disinfecting effect and is especially recommended for children, having a similar immunity boosting property as breast milk. It keeps fresh for a long time and is highly effective due to its sterilizing effect.
It improves eye sight and is good for the skin and hair. When honey mixed with carrot juice is drunk regularly, it helps to improve the eyesight. It also supports the skin's ability to rejuvenate and refresh depleted skin, leaving it feeling silky soft and supple. Go ahead and avail yourself of the many benefits of this amazing natural health food!