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Health Benefits of Honey

Honey is composed of two main sugars, levulose and dextrose. These sugars do not need to be broken down by the digestive process, so honey is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, giving a quick energy boost to the body.

Honey also contains protein, vitamins and minerals, but no cholesterol. In addition to its reputation as Nature's nutritive sweetener, research indicates that honey's unique composition makes it useful as an antimicrobial agent and antioxidant.

Honey contains a compound called pinocembrin as well as enzymes that fight infections. For a sore throat, eat a teaspoonful straight, or add it to your tea three or four times a day.

Medical grade honey (which is filtered and sterilized) can also be used on cuts and scrapes as it contains an enzyme that produces disinfecting hydrogen peroxide when it comes in contact with blood. It also reduces swelling and forms a proactive barrier over wounds to speed up healing.

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