8 Bitter Honey Health Benefits

bitter honey-in-a-bowlBitter honey, also known as black honey is the product of wild bees and the nectar of mahogany trees resulting in the bitter taste and black (dark) color. Bitter honey contains the sugars glucose and fructose, a variety of minerals including magnesium and calcium, vitamins and trace amounts of copper, iodine and zinc.

Bitter honey health benefits include increased energy and immune system boosting properties in addition to:

  1. Improved Healing – It is a rich source of vitamin C, helping to heal wounds and promote the healing of various diseases. It also contains antibacterial and antiviral properties.
  2. Antioxidants – This honey provides antioxidants which fight free radicals and may also prevent premature aging and reduce your risk for the growth of cancer cells in the body. The antioxidants in bitter honey come from vitamin C, mono phenolics, flavonoid polyphenol. The natural supply of flavonoids can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and premature aging of cells and tissues.
  3. Increased Endurance – The complex carbohydrates in this honey help improve energy levels and endurance. A tablespoon of bitter honey can provide an energy boost if taken 20-30 minutes before your workout.
  4. Stable Blood Sugar – It has fewer simple sugars than commercial honeys and may be a better choice for diabetics and those who wish to stabilize their blood sugar levels.
  5. Reduce Pain And Symptoms Of GoutGout is caused by increased uric acid levels and the crystallization of fat in the joints of your body. Bitter honey reduces the production of uric acid and can reduce the associated pain of gout.
  6. Reduced Cholesterol – This honey is a rich source of vitamins A, B1, B2 and C, potassium, sodium, iron, fructose, protein, calcium, phosphorus, plus tannins, phytosterols, alkaloids, and acetogenin. Bitter honey reduces cholesterol, increases blood circulation, and widens blood vessels.
  7. Improved Liver Function – Bitter honey will strengthen and maintain the function of your liver. This honey is a natural antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal food and an integral part of a healthy, anti-inflammatory diet. Bitter honey helps reduce liver inflammation and eliminate bacteria, parasites and viral infections. Bitter honey also promotes digestive health and improves liver and gut health.
  8. Neutralizes Stomach Acid – It reduces and neutralizes excess stomach acid and helps relieve the symptoms of heartburn and GERD. This reduction in stomach acid may reduce your risk of ulcers or your ulcer drug dependence.

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