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What is so great about honey?

Most people, unless they are allergic to bees or honey, enjoy honey in their tea or substitute the sweet taste in other foods.    But it is so much more than that.

Honey has been around since the ancient Egyptians, Chinese, Greeks, and Romans, more than 8,000 years ago.  It was valued not only for the sweetness, but for its medicinal values.  It contains more than 200 compounds that are quite useful for the body.  Some of which include:

-Antibacterial and antifungal and antiviral properties- this is perhaps one of the most fascinating features.  Honey has been shown to inhibit more than 60 types of bacteria, some viruses, and fungi.  It has also been successful in combating some of the superbugs, like Methicillin Staph and E coli. 

-Wound healing- modern medicine has rediscovered the use of honey in would healing and can be successfully used in infected wounds.  The disinfectant properties actually stimulate the immune response and allows for tissue regeneration.

- Weight loss?   Really??? One would think that the sugar would do the opposite, but in actuality the honey suppressed appetite but activating hormones. 

-Heart health- Honey prevents platelets from clotting and also helps to dilate blood vessels.  Blood pressure can also be improved as well.

-Diabetic use-surprisingly, honey has no effect on blood sugar levels in diabetic patients, but this is for natural, raw honey only.  Another good thing.

So, if you are buying honey, buy raw, unpasteurized, and organic.  This will maintain all the nutrients and allow for all the benefits outlined above.  It has a long shelf life as well, so always keep some in your cupboard, just in case you need it!

Until next time,

Stay well, stay healthy, stay focused.

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