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In traditional medicine, honey has long been used in remedies for a variety of health problems. Found to possess antioxidant and antibacterial properties, honey contains many vitamins and minerals (including vitamin B2, vitamin B6, iron, and manganese). Common honey remedies include the treatment of wounds, allergies, cough, and colds.

It contains sugar as glucose, fructose, and sucrose. Glucose is the simplest of all sugar forms and can be assimilated directly in the blood. Fructose is commonly called as grape sugar. It is also known as laevulose. Its chemical composition is similar to that of glucose, however it crystallizes more rapidly than glucose. While glucose helps in restoring the oxygen level, fructose builds the tissues. Sucrose is a combination of fructose and glucose. It contains Dextrin, a gummy substance that can be assimilated by the blood directly and therefore digestible.The body can then use honey fructose to convert the compound into acetic acid, which is burned up naturally by the body. Furthermore, research suggests that using traditional painkillers for a hangover long term may lead to liver damage. The reason being that when the two mix, your liver releases bad toxins. So next time you’re feeling a little ‘under the weather’ go natural.

How to use honey

Honey has benefits whether used topically or internally,but the most popular methods for fighting acne involve topical use. This usually takes the form of a facial mask. The great thing about honey masks is that they're cheap and easy. It's usually just two tablespoons of honey and one more of something else. See? Easy. And the downside? Well, that would be the stickiness.

Some people recommend heating it first, although this is a bit of a tradeoff. Honey is easier to stir and spread when heated, but the heat denatures some of the nutrients, and it can make the mask a runny mess. I'd recommend skipping the microwave. Remember that you don't need to refrigerate honey. It's the one food that never spoils!



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