Honey: A Bare-Necessity for Health

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Recent reviews of clinical studies are abuzz about the health benefits of honey! This natural product, collected from a variety of bee species, is a carbohydrate primarily composed of many sugars of different sizes. However, this sweet golden liquid holds more than meets the eye.

Honey also contains proteins, vitamins, 54 trace elements and polyphenolic compounds, which are molecules that incredibly have structures like those of a honeycomb!

These special compounds are antioxidants, providing healing from and protection against infection, neurodegeneration and possibly much more.

Metabolic syndrome is a combination of hypertension, obesity and insulin resistance, all of which increase the risk for diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Honey has been shown to protect against these disorders and can work as a low-glycemic alternative sweetener to table sugar. There are many local honey vendors around Lincoln; stop by the Sunday Farmer’s Market at Union and pick up a jar for yourself!

Resources for More Information:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5424551/

http://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/10/8/1009/htm

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3609166/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5406168/


Erynn Johnson is a senior studying chemistry.