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10 Reasons You Should Be Stocking Up On Honey

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We all love to eat something sweet, but we know too much of it is not good for us.

Luckily, raw, high-quality honey is a natural sweetener that has tons of amazing benefits for your body.

Here are 10 reasons you should be stocking up on some good ol' delicious bee "vomit."

1. Honey never goes bad.

This sweet syrup is basically immortal. If your honey gets crystallized, all you have to do is pop it in the microwave. Make sure the honey is in a microwave-safe container with the lid off, then microwave, and stir every 30 seconds until the crystals dissolve.

2. It can heal wounds.

Since ancient Egyptian times, honey has been used to heal wounds and burns. Countless studies have shown that honey has more than a 50% success rate in treating patients suffering from diabetic ulcers, psoriasis, hemorrhoids, and burns.

3. Honey improves cholesterol.

High cholesterol levels increases one's risk for developing heart disease, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes. Interestingly, honey lowers the bad cholesterol that blocks up your arteries, while raising the good cholesterol.

4. It's loaded with antioxidants.

Antioxidants make you look younger, have positive effects on heart health, increase blood flow to the heart, and reduce your risk of blood clot formation.

5. Honey works as a natural cough syrup.

Instead of paying money for over-the-counter commercial cough syrups, treat a cough using raw honey. Scientific studies have proven that a single dose of honey can be as effective as traditional cough medicine. Health experts recommend taking half a teaspoon to two teaspoons of honey before you go to bed.  

6. It promotes sleep.

Honey simply relaxes you. It restocks the liver's glycogen supply, which gives your body energy and prevents you from waking up hungry. Also, honey releases melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep, making you feel like you're ready for bed.

7. Honey can reduce the risk of developing diabetes.

Combining raw honey and cinnamon has been found to be very beneficial to manage sugar levels, and can be used alongside diabetes medication. That being said, if you have diabetes, consult with your doctor to see how you can add honey to your diabetic plan.

8. It works as a great face mask.

If you're looking to treat a skin condition, honey is just the way to go. It's great for oily, acne-prone and dry skin. The best part is that it will leave your skin soft and glowing.

9. Honey eliminates dandruff.

Enough with the scratching! Combine honey and warm water to your hair to relieve your itching. Honey will soften your scalp and soothe any irritation you previously had.

10. It's delicious!

High-quality honey is a natural sugar, so of course it's going to be better for you than the synthetic kind. However, that doesn't mean you can be consuming honey all the time. Honey is still sugar, and it's high in calories.

Moojan has been a writer at Shared for almost a year. When she's not on the lookout for viral content, she's looking at cute animal photos. Reach her at moojan@shared.com.