What are the Health Benefits of Honey?

Sarah Sullins

There are several health benefits of honey, including its use for sore throats, burns and allergies. It can provide a person with a long-lasting burst of energy. Honey can work as an antiseptic, a moisturizer, and as a cure for diarrhea. The sticky substance helps boost a person's immune system and may help prevent certain types of cancer from forming.

A sore throat might be eased with a tablespoon or two of honey.
A sore throat might be eased with a tablespoon or two of honey.

The health benefits of honey have been known for many years. Among these is honey's ability to energize a person fast without causing significant weight gain. This is because the glucose in honey is quickly absorbed into a person's body. Fructose in the honey then allows this energy to last for a long time. It has been shown that honey increases endurance and performance and lowers the amount of fatigue that muscles experience, especially for athletes.

Honey, a pantry staple, is used to moisturize skin, soothe burns, and sweeten desserts and salad dressings.
Honey, a pantry staple, is used to moisturize skin, soothe burns, and sweeten desserts and salad dressings.

The energy that comes from pure honey has other benefits for the body, as well. It helps the body to form the blood that it needs and also cleans that blood. Energy from honey can also help with blood circulation.

Honey has anti-carcinogen properties and may also help prevent tumors from forming.
Honey has anti-carcinogen properties and may also help prevent tumors from forming.

Another one of the health benefits of honey is that it can build up a person's immune system. This means a person's body will have a much easier time fighting off diseases and illnesses. Honey also improves the way a person's digestive system works, allowing that person to stay healthier.

Honey has long been used as a sweetener, antiseptic, and as part of luxurious beauty routines.
Honey has long been used as a sweetener, antiseptic, and as part of luxurious beauty routines.

Minor ailments can be treated with honey. Swallowing 1 or 2 tablespoons (15 or 30 ml) of honey can relieve the pain of a sore throat, and can also get rid of the bacteria causing the sore throat. When honey is applied to cuts and burns, it allows them to heal while keeping the wound clean and free of bacteria. One of the health benefits of honey is that it lowers the amount of pain a person feels from a cut or burn while it helps prevent scars and reduces swelling.

Diarrhea, upset stomach and vomiting also can be treated with honey. The honey will rehydrate a person's body fast while getting rid of the bacteria causing the diarrhea. It may also help to prevent and treat ulcers.

Although it has not been shown to cure any type of cancer, many believe that preventing cancer is one of the health benefits of honey. Honey contains carcinogen-preventing properties and anti-tumor properties that may help to prevent tumors from forming. Some tumors also may be reduced through the use of honey.

When applied to the skin, honey can be a moisturizer.
When applied to the skin, honey can be a moisturizer.

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Discussion Comments

indigowater

@ninetydegree - I know the health benefits of raw honey are fantastic for kids and adults but not for babies under one year of age.

Honey can be lethal to babies because their digestive systems are not developed enough to neutralize any toxins that may be in the honey. Ingesting honey at a young age (under a year) can lead to severe food poisoning.

ninetydegree

Honey's health benefits are incredibly diverse. I do remember when my children were babies reading that no one under 1 year of age should eat honey. Does anyone know why?

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