When people think of honey, they often associate it as a Sugar Alternative when sweetening their tea or a supplement for butter when topping their toast. But the supersaturated mixture of glucose and fructose, which is made by bees using nectar from flowering plants, has many other practical applications. Note: Never feed honey to children under 12 months of age; spores found in honey can cause botulism in infants.
One cause for dandruff is fungus and honey can offer those suffering from a flaking scalp a natural remedy. In addition to its antibacterial qualities, honey is known to be antifungal. In fact, a 2001 study, published in the European Journal of Medical Research, found that using diluted honey could result in reduced scaling and itch relief.
A 2009 study found in an eight-week randomized clinical trial that diabetic patients that consumed honey lost weight and had lower cholesterol than their non-honey-consuming counterparts. An easy way to add honey to your diet, in moderation, is to start off your day with hot water and a tablespoon of honey.
Boosts Antioxidant Levels
A study found that honey is a great source of a powerful antioxidant called polyphenols, which plays a big role in heart health and reducing the risk of cancer. Subjects were fed 4 tablespoons of buckwheat honey for 29 days and were found to have higher levels of antioxidants in their blood.
Excerpted from rodalesorganiclife.com