Health benefits of honey


  • 1 honey
  • 2 benefits of honey for health
  • 3 The nutritional value of honey
  • 4 Honey damage
  • 5 References


Bees make honey from the nectar of flowering plants, and the types of honey differ according to the type of flower that their nectar was taken, and these types differ in their color and taste, as can be obtained raw honey which is taken from the hive and filled directly, and this type contains a little wax, grains Pollen , yeasts, or heat-pasteurized honey and remedial processes can be purchased to remove impurities. It is believed that eating raw honey helps to treat seasonal allergies due to frequent exposure to pollen, and it is worth noting that sugar constitutes 70-80% of Honey which is m Give him a sweet taste, and contains large amounts of monosaccharides ( in English: Monosaccharide), glucose, fructose. [1]

The benefits of honey for health

Honey contains good amounts of plant compounds, and small amounts of minerals and vitamins , and it provides the body with many health benefits, and the most important of these benefits come: [2]
  • Rich in antioxidants: High-quality honey contains many antioxidants, such as organic acids and phenolic compounds, such as flavonoids, where two studies have shown that buckwheat honey raises the antioxidant content in Human blood, and antioxidants have been linked to a reduced risk of certain types of cancer, strokes and heart attacks, in addition to the fact that it can enhance eye health.
  • Best of sugar for diabetics: as honey can reduce many of the risk factors that cause heart disease prevalent in people with diabetes type II, as it may reduce bad cholesterol levels, and triglycerides ( in English: Triglycerides), and infections, as well as increased levels of Good cholesterol, but there are some studies that have found that it may increase the level of sugar in the blood; but not with the same amount of sugar effect, although honey may be better for diabetics than this sugar, it is advised to eat it with caution.
  • Reducing blood pressure: As blood pressure is one of the risk factors associated with heart disease, honey is known to contain antioxidants that are associated with lowering blood pressure. Studies in humans and animals have shown that it can reduce blood pressure slightly.
  • Improving cholesterol levels: As many studies indicate that honey boosts cholesterol levels in the blood, studies have also shown that it may reduce bad cholesterol levels by 5.8%, and increase good cholesterol levels by 3.3%.
  • Reducing the levels of triglycerides in the body: As several studies indicated that eating honey reduces the levels of triglycerides (English: Triglyceride) by 11-19% compared to people who ate sugar.
  • Healing of wounds and burns: honey has been used since ancient times to treat burns and wounds, and studies have found that its use was more effective for Partial-thickness burns, and inflamed wounds after surgery, and on the other hand, one study indicated that honey contributed In the healing of ulcers for diabetics by 97%, the researchers believe that this is due to its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effects, in addition to its ability to feed surrounding tissues, and honey can help treat psoriasis, and other skin diseases.
  • Treating cough in children: cough medications may not always be effective in relieving symptoms, as these medications can cause some side effects, and therefore honey may be an effective treatment for this problem. One study found that it was more effective than some cough medications, and a study showed Others, it reduces symptoms of coughing and improves sleep .

The nutritional value of honey

The following table shows the content of one tablespoon, or 21 grams of honey, of nutrients: [3]
The nutritional component Quantity
Calories 64 calories
water 3.59 milliliters
Protein 0.06 g
Carbohydrates 17.30 grams
Sugar 17.25 grams
Calcium 1 milligram
Iron 0.09 milligrams
Phosphorus 1 milligram
Potassium 11 milligrams
Sodium 1 milligram
Zinc 0.05 milligrams
vitamin C 0.1 milligrams

Honey damage

Honey is one of the safe foods for children over the age of one year and adults, whether taken orally or applied externally to the skin of adults, except that eating honey is not safe for infants under the age of 12 months, and it is advised to avoid giving it to them, as it can It causes food poisoning known as Botulism poisoning, while poisoning is not dangerous for older children or adults, and on the other hand, honey that is produced from the nectar of rhododendra flowers (English: Rhododendron) is not safe for health, as this honey contains toxins May cause serious heart problems There are several caveats to the use of honey in some cases, while some of them come mentioned: [4]
  • Pregnant and breastfeeding women: As eating honey with nutritional quantities is safe for the health of pregnant and breastfeeding women , and there is not enough information to prove whether its use for therapeutic purposes is safe or not, and therefore it is advised to avoid using it in therapeutic quantities or even applying it to the skin.
  • Pollen allergy: As honey is made from pollen, people who are allergic to this pollen are advised to avoid taking it, as it can cause allergic reactions.