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5 Surprising Health Benefits of Honey

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Chances are you have a jar of honey in your cupboard that you bring out when you make yourself a cup of tea or to spread on some toast.

We may not give this natural sweetener a second thought, but this powerful nectar actually has some surprising health benefits you may have not considered.

Before we get into the what can do for a body, let's look at why it's so good.

Composed of mostly water and sugar, honey includes health-boosting vitamins and minerals including calcium, magnesium and potassium. It's also a natural antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory which means that it can heal various areas of your body.

There are over 300 different kind of honey available in the United States. Each with a different color, flavor and aroma which is affected by the flower nectar and bees involved in making it.

So which type of honey is the best one to choose?

Many people believe that raw, unfiltered type is better for you. When it comes to topical treatments the pollen grains do have great antioxidant and antibiotic properties. As for eating though, processed or filtered honey boasts very similar properties to raw honey.

So what about those health benefits? Find out on the next page.

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