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Honey is the oldest sweetener ever known by the mankind. It is pure, natural, has varied tastes and provides number of health benefits. Its versatility and the goodness can bring cheers into your everyday practical life.

Honey is composed of sugars like glucose and fructose and minerals like magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium chlorine, sulphur, iron, copper, iodine, zinc and phosphate. It also contains vitamins B1, B2, C, B6, B5 and B3 all of which change according to the qualities of the nectar and pollen.

Age old Ayurvedic text books mention honey as the best anti- kapha agent and recommends in almost all kind of respiratory complaints to be taken with respective supplements. As per Ayurvedic principles honey is the best vehicle which enhances and facilitates the curative power of supplements.
Listed below are some common problems and ailments in which Honey can be a great aid:

Fatigue and exhaustion:
Honey is best used to increase the physical stamina & energy level of the human body & since honey is easily absorbed in the blood, it is one of the best food ingredients to remove tiredness and fatigue after hard work almost instantly.

The old and young:
Taking honey instead of cod liver oil for weak, emaciated children & older patients. Mixed with unequal quantity of water & honey is a fabulous energy packed food for children.

Coughs and cold:
Honey is remedial in cases of persistent coughs and sore throat. It coats the throat and reduces throat irritation. Due to strong anti bacterial property uneasiness felt in the mouth & throat due to infection can be relieved immediately with honey. Thus there is extensive scope for honey in cough mixtures & expectorants.
Honey used for children helps inflammatory throat conditions as it both purifies blood.

Honey contains many minerals and vitamins which are extremely beneficial for nourishing the skin when used as face pack and helps in rejuvenating the skin leading to the elimination of fine wrinkles. It is a good moisturizer.

Anti-bacterial properties:
Honey has been shown to be superior to certain conventional antibiotics in treating some infections. This bactericide (bacteria-killing) property of honey is named "the inhibition effect".

At a concentration of 40%, honey has a bactericidal effect on various gut bacteria known to cause diarrhoea and dysentery. It also helps replace loss of essential vitamins & minerals and maintains energy level.

Although Honey is sweet, it helps to maintain and protect teeth.  Its anti-microbial activity has been tested on several species of dental plaque bacteria. A study shows that honey has been proven to sharply reduce acid production, thus killing the bacteria responsible for dental caries, and blocking the growth of oral bacteria.

Digestion: As sugar molecules in honey can convert into other sugars (e.g. fructose to glucose), honey is easily digested by even the most sensitive stomachs. Hence honey is beneficial for maintaining a healthy digestive system.

Weight control:
Honey has low calorie content. Honey, when it is compared with the same amount of sugar, it gives 40% less calories to the body. Although it gives great energy to the body, it does not add weight.

Rapidly diffuses through the blood:
When accompanied by mild water, honey diffuses into the bloodstream in 7 minutes. Its free sugar molecules make the brain function better since the brain is the largest consumer of sugar.

Blood: Honey provides an important part of the energy needed by the body for blood formation. In addition, it helps in cleansing the blood. It has some positive effects in regulating and facilitating blood circulation.  

The Heart:
Researches have discovered that honey slows the oxidation of 'bad' LDL cholesterol, which is responsible for causing arteriosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. So Honey can fight against Cholesterol. Pure honey taken with food daily (instead of white sugar) may lower complain of cholesterol.

Appetite: Honey improves appetite in children suffering from conditions of low energy and loss of appetite.

Healing: Honey also greatly helps in convalescence as it has properties to make the body heal faster.

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