Honey contains complex carbs, minerals and vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants and complex sugars.
It supplies 2 stages of energy: The glucose is absorbed quickly and results in sudden boost of energy. The fructose is absorbed more slowly and provides sustained energy.
Honey may be one of the most effective forms of carbohydrate to eat just prior to exercise as it provides you with these two stages of energy.
Eating honey may help with digestion and it is good for your stomach.
It may promote better blood sugar control. Your body tolerates honey better compared with sugar. It is less likely to cause spike in blood glucose due to lower glycemic index- GI value. Honey glycemic index ranges from 31 to 78, depending on the variety.
Honey has been used to soothe coughs and sore throats for a very long time.
It contains antioxidants, powerful compounds which fight free radicals and reverse ageing. Antioxidant called pinocembrin is only found in honey.
Honey may help with restful sleep when you are ill and coughing.
It is used topically to help beautify skin: an effective moisturiser, antioxidants to fight free radicals, vitamins and minerals to nourish the skin.
Honey is a promising topical antimicrobial agent for prevention or treatment of infections, including those caused by multidrug-resistant bacteria. So it may help with treating pimples and acne that are caused by harmful bacteria.