Honey is thick, sweet liquid made by honeybees. It has been used in medicine for over 5,000 years. It is low in vitamins and minerals but may be high in some plant compounds. Honey contains a number of antioxidants, including phenolic compounds like flavonoids.
- The ANTIOXIDANTS: in honey have been linked to beneficial effects on heart health, including increased blood flow to your heart and a reduced risk of blood clot formation.
- WOUNDS & ULCERS: honey can sterilize wounds and promote healing, and also reduce pain, odor, and wound size.
- COUGH SUPPRESSANT: For children over one year of age, honey can act as a natural and safe cough suppressant. Some studies show that it is even more effective than cough medicine.
- Honey seems to have a positive effect on cholesterol levels. It leads to modest reductions in total and “bad” LDL cholesterol while raising “good” HDL cholesterol.
- Eating honey may lead to modest reductions in blood pressure, an important risk factor for heart disease.