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Health benefits of honey

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Honey has been known and used for its nutritional and medicinal values for much of history. From antibiotic to antibacterial, the golden liquid’s scientific powers were believed to provide all kinds of health benefits for the body.

Aiding in sleep
Taking a spoonful of honey might just help you in hitting the sack during those sleepless nights. Honey contains several amino acids, including tryptophan, which is required for the production of a substance that helps regulate the length and quality of sleep, known as melatonin.

Treating wounds and burns
The next time you suffer from a burn, try applying honey to the affected area for quick and easy relief. Honey can work as an antiseptic for wounds and burns, due to its natural antibiotic properties that can act both internally and externally. In particular, the nectar of manuka trees contains a precursor to an active antibacterial agent, making manuka honey effective in wound healing.

As a cough suppression
Plagued by a pesky cough that just won’t go away? Two teaspoons of honey may be what you need. Thanks to its thick consistency, honey helps coat the throat and its sweet taste is believed to trigger nerve endings that protect the throat from incessant coughing. Combine it with hot water and lemon juice for effective throat relief.

Boosting energy
At 17 grams of carbohydrates per tablespoon, honey is an all-natural, excellent source of energy. Honey contains fructose and glucose, which directly enter the bloodstream and gives you a quick boost. This rise in blood sugar is also great as a short-term energy source when you’re working out, especially during longer endurance exercises. So instead of your regular cup of coffee, try trading it for a cup of tea with a tablespoon of honey mixed in whenever you need an energy booster.

Boosting brain function
Turns out that honey can also lend its benefits to students struggling with memorization and to anyone keen on improving their brain health. Honey is reportedly loaded in antioxidants that can help prevent cellular damage within the brain. Take a spoonful before bed and the honey will act as a fuel source for the brain, helping to preserve memory.
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