16 Mar Studies Show Honey is Packed with Antioxidants
There has been an ongoing debate in recent years whether or not honey contains antioxidants. True honey connoisseurs testify that honey is more than just a sweetener. In fact, it may be much more, containing the elements of a super-food that is not only a sweet treat but good for your health as well.
New studies are now being published, showing that honey does indeed contain antioxidants that are good for your health. One study published in the Journal of Analytical Methods in Chemistry shows that honey contains the following vitamins and antioxidants: B1, B2, B3, B9, B12, and vitamin C. In addition, honey contains polyphenols. Polyphenols are antioxidants that have been proven to battle against heart disease and cancer. Polyphenols are also found in vegetables, olive oil, tea, and fruits (Chua, Rahaman, Adnan, & Tan, 2013).
Several studies show that diseases, such as cancer, are a result of oxidative damage. Honey since it contains antioxidants can battle these degenerative diseases. Chua, et. al. states, “[Honey] is also proven that the therapeutic potential of honey is always associated with antioxidant capacity against reactive oxygen species. Therefore, in recent years, studies have been focused on the composition of honeys and their biological properties such as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial activities in wound healing, as well as in the treatment of skin ulcers and gastrointestinal disorders” (Chua, Rahaman, Adnan, & Tan, 2013).
Not only is honey now proven to have antioxidants, as mentioned above, honey is also an effective food that can battle skin and gastrointestinal issues. What’s even better is that honey has been shown to be effective against heart disease as well.
All in all, honey is the perfect alternative to sugar. Sugar is the cause of diseases, such as diabetes. To eat better and minimize your sugar intake, substitute honey for sugar in recipes. Also, make sure to take a spoonful honey before bedtime. It will not only do wonders for your health but will help you sleep.
Chua, L. S., Rahaman, N. L., Adnan, N. A., & Tan, T. T. (2013, August 21). Antioxidant Activity of Three Honey Samples in relation with Their Biochemical Components. Retrieved March 15, 2017, from https://www.hindawi.com/journals/jamc/2013/313798/