Top 10 Health Benefits of Honey

Discover the health benefits of honey, one of the oldest sweeteners on earth.  It is a delicious part of any dessert made with it; see some of my favourite recipes here too.

Bees swallow, digest and regurgitate nectar to make honey; this nectar contains almost 600 compounds. We need our bees, so let’s do everything we can to save them and keep them here on this earth.

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Honey is so good for you that we have included it in our list of superfoods that should be in your kitchen right now.

Once you taste the sweet honey, you want more of that. ~ Garbine Muguruza

Health Benefits of Honey

1. Honey Prevents cancer and heart disease

Honey contains flavonoids, antioxidants which help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease.

2. Reduce ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders

Recent research shows that honey treatment may help disorders such as ulcers and bacterial gastroenteritis. This may be related to the 3rd benefit.

3. Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-fungal

“All honey is antibacterial because the bees add an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide,” said Peter Molan, director of the Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato in New Zealand.

4. Increase athletic performance

Ancient Olympic athletes would eat honey and dried figs to enhance their performance. This has now been verified with modern studies, showing that it is superior in maintaining glycogen levels and improving recovery time than other sweeteners.

5. Reduces a cough and throat irritation

It helps with coughs, particularly buckwheat honey. In a study of 105 children, a single dose of buckwheat honey was just as effective as a single dose of dextromethorphan in relieving nocturnal cough and allowing proper sleep.

6. Balance the 5 Elements

It has been used in Ayurvedic medicine in India for at least 4000 years and is considered to affect all three of the body’s primitive material imbalances positively. A few of the health benefits of honey are that it is useful in improving eyesight, weight loss, curing impotence and premature ejaculation, urinary tract disorders, bronchial asthma, diarrhea, and nausea.

Honey is referred to as “Yogavahi” since it has a quality of penetrating the deepest tissues of the body. When honey is used with other herbal preparations, it enhances the medicinal qualities of those preparations and also helps them to reach the deeper tissues.

Top 10 Health Benefits of Honey

7. Blood sugar regulation

Even though it contains simple sugars, it is NOT the same as white sugar or artificial sweeteners. Its exact combination of fructose and glucose actually helps the body regulate blood sugar levels. Some kinds of honey do have a low hypoglycemic index, so they don’t jolt your blood sugar.  Watch this video Sweetener Comparison where I compare stevia, brown rice syrup, honey, molasses, and agave, and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each.

8. Heal wounds and burns

Health benefits of honey extend even to external applications. Applied to the skin, honey has been shown to be as effective as conventional treatment with silver sulfadiazine. It is speculated that the drying effect of the simple sugars and honey’s antibacterial nature combine to create this effect. Studies have shown it to be very successful in healing wounds.

9. Probiotic

Some varieties possess large amounts of friendly bacteria. This includes up to 6 species of lactobacilli and 4 species of bifidobacteria. This may explain many of the “mysterious therapeutic properties of honey.”

10. Strengthen the Immune System

Manuka Honey has been found to stimulate the production of immune cells according to a study at the School of Medicine, Cardiff University, UK. Manuka is a favourite of mine.

“Buckwheat honey should be a part of every winter medicine cabinet and here is why—it’s high in antioxidants and it really has a lot of immune boosting properties. Ideally, the buckwheat honey has a darker, richer flavor, it’s a little bit like molasses…this particular honey can keep you healthy throughout the winter.” says Dr. Bhatia.

Different kinds of honey have different flavonoid profiles, depending on the floral source of the nectar. The most beneficial kinds of honey for the body are Manuka and buckwheat.

Types of Honey

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There are at least 40 types – each one has a distinctive taste and unique properties. Darker types tend to have higher antioxidant levels, while Monofloral honey (from a single plant species) usually has the lowest glycemic index (GI).

For example, locust honey from the Black Locust tree has a GI of 32. Clover honey, which is used commercially, has the highest glycemic index at 69.

Benefits of Raw Honey

If you want to get the goodness from your honey, make sure it is pure, raw and organic.

The benefits of raw honey outweigh conventional forms. Raw honey contains vitamins, minerals, and enzymes not present in refined honey.

Honey Cautions

  • Best not to feed to infants. Spores of Clostridium botulinum have been found in a small percentage of honey in North America. This is not dangerous to adults and older children, but infants can have a serious reaction of illness in the first year. Do not add honey to baby food or use as a soother to quiet a fussy or colicky baby. Most Canadian honey is not contaminated with the bacteria causing infant botulism, but it’s still best not to take the chance. “Do not let babies eat honey,” states foodsafety.gov, a website of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • It is a sugar, so do not eat jars full of it if you value your good health and want to maintain a healthy weight. It has a high caloric value and will put you on a sugar high and low.

Cook with it or use only raw honey?

There is some controversy about cooking with it, although I cannot substantiate it from all of my research.

When honey is heated above 108 degrees Fahrenheit, it becomes transformed into a glue-like substance that is extremely difficult to digest. This substance is considered a toxin (ama), since it adheres to the tissues of the body and is very difficult to remove.” Ayurveda Wellness Center

That said, I am not convinced that we should not cook with honey, although I am not using it in most of my cooked recipes until I get to the bottom of this.

If it comes to it, maybe consider blackstrap molasses instead. It’s equally nutritious and can be a substitute where applicable.

Extra! 

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Health benefits of honey extend to youthful-looking skin.

For Beautiful Skin

Its anti-bacterial qualities are particularly useful for the skin, and, when used with the other ingredients, can also be moisturizing and nourishing! For a powerful home beauty treatment for which you probably have all the ingredients in your kitchen already, read Carrot Face Mask.

I love my homemade dandelion flower pancakes topped with these healthy syrups (below).

Delicious Honey Recipes for You

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Orange Honey Syrup

 Orange Syrup: This syrup is a much healthier syrup then the usual syrups on your pancakes or waffles. It has less honey in it because of the orange juice which makes it delicious. The zing of the orange make is very tasty.

 Dandelion Flower Syrup: This syrup is a great treat from your weeds and it is so easy to make. See why I am mad about dandelions – and their amazing health benefits.

 Honey Syrup: the goodness and taste of both honey and molasses.

Delicious Sweet Recipes with Honey

Oatmeal Porridge
Oatmeal Cinnamon Porridge & Sultanas

 Peanut Butter Bliss Balls: This is one of those recipes that originated in my hippy days in the Kootenays of British Columbia, Canada. We had a variety of flavours of ‘Bliss Balls’; this was a favorite. It did have lots of honey in it though which I reduced the quantity. Also, it had wheat germ in it which I replaced to make it gluten-free.

 Oatmeal Cinnamon Porridge & Sultanas: This porridge makes a great start to your day.  I like the old fashioned oats as they have a fuller flavour and are healthier.  You can eat this as a raw meal or make it into regular porridge.  As they take longer to cook; I often soak them overnight but you do not have to.

 Dandelion Tea: for any time with a dash of honey. You can easily make a dandelion with dried leaves from the plants which are full of nutrition. Find out some of the great reasons to love dandelions.

 Sugarless Date Squares: Most date squares are just way too sweet in my opinion. So when I developed this recipe; my own version is less sweet and tastes even better. You will find it hard to stop at only one.

 Mango Squares:  mmmmangos yum!

Check out 19 Different Sugars but Which Are Healthy?

7 Tips to Avoid Sugar Cravings

Eating honey is a more healthy choice than white sugar but that doesn’t mean you can eat all you want.  Learn how to reduce your sugar cravings at 7 Tips to Avoid Sugar Craving

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155 thoughts on “Top 10 Health Benefits of Honey”

  1. Honey is good health for body, don’t let the bee disappear or lost. protect and save
    those wildlife, from now to future. It is important .

  2. Including a little honey in your diet is balancing and in that way it helps with weight loss. The word to note is little meaning no more then 1 teaspoon per day instead of other sugars.

  3. Thank you your information was very interesting & helpful. Still a little confused as some say its ok for diabetics & others say not good.

  4. Ihsan Karatepe

    Dear Diana ,
    I used to purchase the best available type in my town KIRKUK ; this is ACACIA – made in Germany . Is this a real one or what ? .

  5. Kathleen Gunther

    I would like to know the right honey to use for bone and joint health. My knees are very far gone but perhaps I can still protect hip and other joints. I have ordered a product called Bee Strong. It has not arrived yet but would still like your input. Also want to use it for heart health and weight loss. Thank you for all your information.

  6. Hello madame
    Am glas To learn from you about honey. I read some where that it can also cute herpes so. After buying one pure honey Bottle I started reading or searching them came across what you said about honey. These comments convinced me more. I know honey is sweet and beneficent to our health in many ways. Thank you so much.

  7. Hello Diana,
    I keep losing my color once exposed to very little sun and it takes a very long time to come back, I would like to know if honey could be used to treat sunburn.If so how should I use it, If in the contrary please do let me know of a NATURAL ingredient to treat it.
    Regards,
    Amira

    1. Amira, “Studies suggest it may work better than some antibiotic creams at speeding up healing, reducing infection, and minimizing pain,” says Kathi Kemper, M.D., author of The Holistic Pediatrician. Personally I have not used it for a sunburn as I never get them any more. I keep covered in the sun.
      I have learned that it can be used on burns.
      Honey can be effective for burns but best not to use ordinary honey from the supermarket or the health food store. Best to use a a medicinal honey. New Zealand research on honey for wound healing is manuka honey and physicians in Germany use Medihoney for treatment of persistent wounds. All that said if you have a bad burn, get immediate medical treatment because using honey for it requires expertise.

  8. This makes me love honey, it’s really have many health benefits. I usually mix honey with warm water to treat colds and lose weight.

  9. Hello Diana, my mum heart always beat fast, she also has pains at all her joints, can honey heal her? If yes, what kind of honey? Pls help me.

  10. vimal kumar bhartia

    Hellow is it usefull to take honey lime with luck warm water early in the morning? Please reply.Thanks

  11. Comment…hello diania
    It is Absolutely true Honey is very useful our health in various ways much more diseases are recover to honey. now i am already in touch with honey bees.but i have not understand yet. how we utilize honey to our health now i want to u know please u guide me what to do how to do use honey i alredy impress to read ur above opinion thanks

  12. رژیم غذایی

    I have recently started a site, the information you provide on this web site has helped me tremendously.
    Thanks for all of your time & work

  13. Thank You for your your information. However, it seems as though Pro-biotics wouldn’t work well together. Since honey kills germs.

  14. This was a really interesting article. Really enjoyed reading it and made things more clear and easy to understand. Good way of explaining this benefits.

  15. Mike Kiazerberg

    Thanks for this information that you’ve provided about the benefits of consuming honey as part my diet and the extra health benefits i get out of it.

  16. Really useful article. Thank you for this.
    I had a doubt, if you could solve, please? I have heard that honey, if consumed with sugar, is much harmful to health, and is almost like in taking poison. Is that correct?
    Second, honey with cold milk can help us ‘gain’ our weight while honey with hot milk helps loose our weight

  17. Honey is the most natural form of food available on earth which is easily digested and provides immediate energy to the body.
    The benefits mentioned in this article are very informative.
    I’m a beekeeper and would like to share more on honey harvesting, benefits and uses which are available in the website.

    Cheers

  18. Honey has many health benefits. Honey collect from single verity of flora, will differ in taste, aroma, moisture content , color and nutrients. The difference is based on flora from which honey is collected from. Such honey varieties are called mono floral honey(uni floral honey). This is obtained by harvesting honey from bee hives kept in vast cultivation of same variety of flora (eg, sunflower field, Mango orchids etc).

  19. A SUGAR PATIENT FROM PAKISTAN .WILL BE TRY TO USE HONEY AND I HOPE IT WILL BE GIVE ME MORE PROFITABLE HEALTH IN FUTURE.INSHAALLAH.THANKS

  20. I LOVE TO READ ARTICLES LIKE THIS… ESPECIALLY ABOUT HONEY, THANKS SO MUCH. THIS WILL HELP ME IN SELLING MY PRODUCTS AS I WILL BE SURE OF THE BENEFITS PEOPLE ILL GET BUYING IT.

  21. Ajionzi Hillary

    Comment…how can solidify honey and stay for long er to make sweet
    s? and what would be taste of honey mixed with milk?

  22. hameed aminat

    Comment…pure honey is good for fast digestion. I can supply you pure, darkbrown honey if you need it.

  23. My Uncle was a Bee Keeper and my Mother and I both baked and cooked with Honey.

    I’m not convinced that it is bad for you. Besides giving baked goods a wonderful flavor, we have never had trouble digesting it.

  24. Michael kwasi badu

    I boil water and add a teaspoon of honey to it and drink it hot every morning and evening.

    I now feel salty saliva all day in my mouth. What should I do?

  25. Comment…Thanks Diana for your expository write-up on honey. The question I want to ask is,what kind of food, fruits or any other means you can use to improve ones libido?

  26. Thanks for the well detailed info. I would like to know how long it takes for the cough to go after starting using honey. And how often one can take the honey to heal the cough.

  27. Hi Diana,
    Thanks for such a detailed coverage of honey and its health benefits. I am definitely going to use it regularly from now on. I will try to find natural organic honey. I never knew that honey is good for diabetic people until I read your post.

  28. That number is from Nigeria, most likely an Internet fraudsters. Lost a lot of money to a fraudster,most of them are not businessmen. They ask you to western union the money and send no product. They are on alot of forums for any kind of product claiming to be dealers.

  29. To Add Also, Most Of These Fraudsters Are From Cameroon Or Nigeria. Their english is bad and once they engage you they ask for you to send money and then you don’t hear from them again. Please be aware.

  30. Yes I agree that sphere are fraud stars in Nigeria,there are still some genuine people .
    Am a Nigerian and I sell pure honey,unprocessed honey,so if you are interested, you can let me no.

  31. Comment…I just saw a comment taging nigerians as fraudsters,that is not true.yes,there are some people who carry out unpleasant online practices in nigeria but that doesn’t mean all nigerians are thieves.I don’t sell honey but I use and have access to natural honey.nigerian honey,especially the one gotten for Auchi-Edo state is natural,undilluted and good.

  32. The following are the benefits that you have to be aware
    of the most. With good habit and savings, you can be
    assured of having enough to start your own business. Always choose a new
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  33. Ekele Emmanuel Ojonugwa

    There are fraudsters also in the USA, UK,Canada and even in Asia and all over the world!…
    Nigerians are God fearing People, although with a few bad eggs whom had been corrupted by your foolishness carelessness… For goodness sake how would you send money for a commodity you have not confirmed to be real….. Frankly speaking,” that’s foolishness”
    …anyways, Diana thanks for the exposition on honey…. God bless you!

  34. I like honey I take honey three times a day. Please may I know if there is any side effects. I take Al Burj honey, Australia original honey. Thanks

  35. How to differentiate between real honey from fake one, because I have heard people complaining about some honey they bought, which is most of the times mixed with melted sugar which changes its color to that of honey.

  36. Honey is an effective ingredient that diagnoses allergy and many other diseases. With the regulation of blood, it also improves immune system. Thanks for sharing this amazing content. I think learning about benefits of various ingredients is a healthy life habit.

  37. Comment…I am prepareing to produce very good honey in my cashew farm in Ghana, so please anyone who needs pure honey should keep me informed.We will do good business.Amen

  38. TO KNOW REAL HONEY

    drop some honey on a piece of tissue paper or light paper, if the tissue paper gets wet, it is not original hone! honey is not water, not oil and not liquid. honey doesn’t wet paper!

    Another way you will know real and undiluted honey is by dropping some on sandy soil or any surface, if it gets absorbed into the soil, it is not original. a drop of honey on a play ground can stay there without melting into the soil for more thank 2 months
    I am a Nigeria and I am not a fraudster. Nigerians are good people

  39. Honey is the best medicine. It was revealed in Holy Book of Quraan 1400 years ago. It may also be mentioned in Holy Books of other religions. I appreciate the efforts of Diana by creating an awareness. I am using honey for last 25 years.What Diana has explained are proven facts. Use honey in mild quantity but regularly. Try to get pure honey. I am having my own honey bee colonies and benefitting the most.

  40. Growing up in Scotland, I ate my fair share of heather honey. I have never tasted better – dark colour, wonderful flavour. Are you familiar with it? If so, I would welcome any comments.

  41. Honey will make your hair shiny and soft just make sure you wash it out after all the way through or it’ll remain sticky. I suggest using conditioner before you shampoo results will be impressive

  42. Wow I stumbled across this blog as I was having a great idea. This post and blog is very much appreciated. Thank you so much.

  43. SEVIDZEM ERNESTINE LEIKEKI

    Honey remains one of natures best gift to mankind. Regular consumption of natural pure honey creates good health for all age groups. I have been into apiculture in Cameroon for several years now and is amazing working with bees and consuming pure honey daily.

  44. Although honey is a good food as you said but i always have problem with honey whenever i administer it,i do observe some thing like mocus come out through my anus.Mean while i will be feeling unrest at my waist .So what do i do.

  45. Lot of information of course. Actually I had 6 to 8 nos beehive, wooden made of my own, in my childhood, school life. They
    provided, huge amount of very good quality Honey, that time.

  46. Wonderful article! Honey contains antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Its anti-inflammatory properties will calm redness and irritation. Honey has been used as natural remedy for thousands of years. Health benefits of honey include treating wounds, healing skin conditions, and boosting energy.

  47. hi
    thanks for giving a lot of important & informative article.
    Honey is an effective ingredient that diagnoses allergy and many other diseases. With the regulation of blood.Honey will make our hair shiny and soft.I think learning about benefits of various ingredients is a healthy life habit.

    1. It is best not to give honey babies under the age of 18 months. For a nursing or a pregnant woman, it is safe to eat honey. This is because the digestive tract in an adult can destroy the botulism spores, making them harmless. So, the toxin will not get to the foetus in the pregnant mother or to the baby of a nursing mother’s milk.

  48. Wirsiy Emmanuel Binyuy

    Bees collect ingredients for honey from many types of plants. All plants are medicinal treating various types of diseases. Bees harvest from the female part of the plant which is the flower. The flower is rich in nutrients. The bees then produces honey with all this nutrients and this honey is rich. Honey can treat many diseases and so it is great for humans. Honey is natural sweet and it is a good option to sugar.

  49. Enejo James Atuluku

    Great information! Iam a Nigerian,we are wonderful despite the fact that a few people rubish our image.Incase you need raw honey try me and see,you wont regret.Order for it today.Thanks.

  50. Honey has been used as natural remedy for thousands of years. It is a wonderful remedy for skin care. Honey really makes me feel good on my face. All my acne on my face vanished and my skin looks healthy now. Honey contains antibacterial properties which deal with the bacteria causing acne.

  51. I have one question about honey, Do honey contains calcium and helps for strong bone ?
    As well as , Do honey is best for mrntal fitness?

  52. Kingsley challas

    Comment… we have very good honey in the eastner part of nigeria ,so if u need a honey,don’t be afraid of scam,this is my contact 2347053098540

  53. Leandrit Ferizi

    Is there a way you recommend to detect the original honey over a fake one? With fake I mean the ones that are mixed with sugars.

    Thanks

  54. Honey is a wonderful for many skin problems. Honey really makes me feel good on my fac. All my acne on my face vanished and my skin looks healthy now. Honey contains antibacterial properties which deal with the bacteria causing acne. Thanks for sharing.

  55. I have discovered this article when I was searching for health benefits of honey. When is was reading i found really finest information to read and follow. Now i got good information that how honey playing a important role in life. Thank you for sharing this information!

  56. Amazing health benefits of honey given in above blog. There are many things in our kitchen which we can use for different purpose. They can also act as prevention for many diseases and useful for many existing health issues.

  57. Maureen A. Valentino

    Hi Diana.

    It’s been a couple of months that my body is weak. I got sick, my heart beat fast, i’ve got costocondritis, a couple of months cough and colds, Until i find your research. One day i went home in which honey are abundant. Unprocessed honey. It’s pure. Me and my husband is taking 1 tbsp. A day. And i feel better now. Thank you.

  58. Hi Diana,
    Honey is very healthy and has many antiseptic, antibacterial properties. I use it regularly in my diet to be healthy. But, we also need to keep note that it should not be given to kids under the age of 1 year, as it might be contaminated sometimes which might impair their health.

  59. Honey is good for health and has many antiseptic, antibacterial properties. Use daily a couple of spoon at early morning to avoid minor diseases, it protects our healh for healty life.

  60. Thanks immensely for your wonderfully lectures.lndeed.the value of honey can never be overestimated.

  61. I would suggest to consult your Physician or your Doctor before taking honey, specially diabetic and high blood pressure patient.

  62. Thank you sharing this information, I like honey and almost everyday i eat 1 teaspoon of honey but i am confused about my child is she take honey regularly? Is it healthy for her?

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