Honey as a Functional Food


Honey is believed to be one of the most natural foods around and it is considered “the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life.” In ancient Egypt honey was the most widely used medicine and during the First World War honey was combined with cod liver oil that was used treat wounds that soldiers sustained.

Honey is made mention of in the Koran of the Muslim faith while back in history Napoleon made use of beds and honey to symbolize the empire he was building.

Antioxidant Effect

Scientific research shows that honey is a food that is very healing. A study conducted at the University of California in 2004 showed that consuming raw honey on a daily basis is effective at raising the polyphenolic antioxidant levels in the blood stream and also at counteracting the destructive work of free radicals in the body. What this translates to is a healthy body overall and a strong immune system.

While honey is very good for the body be aware that unpasteurized honey is not good for women who are pregnant. It is best for everyone to purchase cold-pressed honey due to the fact that honey that is heated and full of additives and will not have retained all of its healing properties.

Honey Anti-Fungal Effect

Honey is very nourishing to the human body and is anti-fungal in nature and also works as a mild sedative. Honey is beneficial at retaining adequate levels of calcium in the body and it is also beneficial at soothing body tissues. Honey works as an antibacterial agent and is effective for both problems on the inside of the body and the outside.

Honey, as previously mentioned, is a boost to the immune system and for that reason alone is worth being made a part of a daily diet plan. Honey is instrumental in the world of alternative medicine and is often called the “Swiss army knife.”


Honey comes in handy when a person is suffering from a cough, a head cold, congestion or a runny nose. In this way honey works as an excellent expectorant. Combine an equal part of ginger juice with honey and then drink the concoction when you are having respiratory problems.

If you have asthma then honey is also beneficial. In this case combine the honey and ginger juice mixture with a half a gram of black pepper powder and then drink the beverage a couple of times throughout the day fro optimum effectiveness.


Honey is very soothing to the body and is particularly healing in terms of sores that arise in the vagina or the mouth. On a day that you wake up feeling tense, eat a bowl of oats for breakfast and add a spoonful of honey to it, as this can be beneficial in calming bad nerves.

Consuming a small quantity of local honey helps to make a person immune to many pollens and pollutants in the air. Honey is an excellent form of moisturizer for the skin and it also works well as a natural type of revitalizing facemask.

Honey is good for the eyes. In order to improve how well you see, take some carrot juice and mix it with a small amount of honey. It is recommended that you drink this concoction approximately an hour before you eat your breakfast.