Medicinal Properties
Medicinal Properties
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  • Water: 17.1%
  • Carbohydrates: 82.4%
  • Proteins, amino acids, vitamins and minerals: 0.5% (vitamins and minerals vary by floral variety)

Honey is an excellent source of easily-assimilated energy, containing 64 calories per tablespoon. In fact, it is one of the most effective forms of carbohydrate gels to ingest before exercising, as well as an excellent carbohydrate source for post-workout muscle recuperation and energy repletion.

Honey also contains polyphenols that can act as antioxidants. Antioxidants play a role in cleansing the body of free radicals, reactive compounds that can contribute to serious illness.

The use of honey as a wound dressing has been known since ancient times and is now being "rediscovered" in the modern era. The antibacterial properties of honey can help clear infection in wounds, while its anti-inflammatory action can ease pain and improve circulation, thus promoting quicker healing and reduced scarring.

Honey has also been used for centuries in skin and hair care treatments. Today it is often added to creams, cleansers, masks, shampoos and conditioners as a moisturizer and to keep skin soft and supple. Its antioxidant properties help protect the skin from harmful UV rays.

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