Honey, a thick, rich and wonderfully miraculous golden liquid found in the bellies of honey bees, is naturally delicious and has enormous health benefits. The process of honey formation in itself is such an awe-inspiring thing that it leaves many people bewildered. The composition of honey consists of varying proportions of fructose, glucose, water, oil and special enzymes. Glucose and Fructose are types of sugar; hence honey is often used as a substitute of white sugar. Honey has been proved to be a natural throat soother. In its natural unprocessed form, honey is made up mostly of glucose and fructose, 21 amino acids, 14 minerals, 11 enzymes, B-complex vitamins, riboflavin, thiamine, niacin, vitamin C, D, E and K, pantothenic acid, biotin and pyridoxine. It also incorporates minerals such as copper, iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium and phosphorus, as well as antioxidants.
Honey is known for its energy boosting and immunity building capabilities. Honey is known for its effectiveness in instantly boosting the performance and endurance, and reduces muscle fatigue of athletes. It is known that honey has also been found to keep levels of blood sugar fairly constant compared to other types of sugar. Honey can be a powerful immune system booster. Its antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties can help improve digestive system which helps in staying healthy and fighting diseases.
Besides, honey is beneficial to the heart and is easily absorbed because it has short-chained carbohydrates. It helps to improve digestion and the assimilation of other foods and assists in bowel function. It reduces the duration of diarrhoea and has remarkable therapeutic effects on wounds. Apart from its various medical and health benefits, it is widely used in a number of cosmetic products as well. As it has the ability to retain moisture it is very often used in moisturisers and soaps. When equal quantity of honey is mixed with milk and applied on face it improves the glow on the skin. When a teaspoon of honey poured in a mug of water and is used to rinse hair it brings back shine and silkiness to hair. Those who are allergic to pollen should refrain from consuming honey. Honey is not recommended for people with diabetes because it is a stronger sweetener than sugar. For those who are counting calories, it has 325 calories per 100 grams.