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It has been referred to as “liquid gold” – and for good reason too, once you find out how this natural sweetener may benefit your body in some truly extraordinary ways. Here are six of them.

It Boosts Your Immunity

Your immune system will benefit from honey, thanks to its antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties. These help to improve your digestive system as well as to fight disease. In order to build a better immune system, get into the habit of drinking a concoction of honey (one teaspoon) and lemon juice (from half a lemon) mixed in a cup of warm water every morning before breakfast.

It Makes You Sleep Better

If you have trouble falling asleep – a common problem in this stressed out modern world – reach for some honey as it may make you get to sleep faster. Because it’s sweet, it increases your insulin level and releases serotonin. Your body then converts serotonin to melatonin, the hormone that regulates our sleep and wake cycles. Down a teaspoon of honey every evening (not too much!) and you’ll soon be able to sleep much better.

It Gives You Energy

The unprocessed sugars in honey enter your bloodstream directly in the form of glucose and fructose, giving you an instant boost of energy. If you’re not a morning person, add a spoon of honey into your tea each morning to give you extra energy to deal with the day. It’s also a great way to deal with the post-lunch slump at the office.

It’s A Cough Suppressant

It’s common knowledge that honey is a remedy for coughs and bad throats but how exactly does it help? This is all down to its thick consistency, which coats the throat and can help to soothe its nerve endings. Taking two tablespoons of honey may actually be as effective as drinking cough syrup, but it’s a more natural way of dealing with your affliction. 

It Boosts Your Memory

Honey is great for your memory, as its antioxidants are said to “feed” your brain cells. Protecting your brain from free radical damage may reduce your chances of dealing with conditions such as dementia later in life. So have a teaspoon of honey each day to feed your brain, either by itself, in some warm water or in a cup of tea.

It’s A Natural Moisturiser

There’s a good reason that many beauty products have honey as an ingredient; the humectant retains moisture well. Feel free to add honey to your shampoo, conditioner or body moisturiser, and reap the smooth rewards.