From the office of Dr. Joshua Levitt:

September 09, 2015

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Hippocrates (the father of modern medicine) used honey as a treatment for pain, dehydration, and fever. And this isn't just some "folk remedy" discredited by modern science either. Researchers (in thousands of peer-reviewed papers) continue to uncover just how healing honey can be.

Honey contains a concentrated dose of vitamins, minerals and nutrients that nourish and re-vitalize your body. And it possesses unique antimicrobial properties that help you fight off infections.

Throughout history, honey has been used to treat...

•Coughs,Wounds Indigestion Skin infections Fatigue Flu's Burns And more!

For example, honey was the most popular ancient Egyptian healing remedy (and was mentioned over 500 times in 900 remedies.)

We've all heard about how sugar causes obesity, diabetes, and a bunch of other chronic leading health figures like the Dutch health minister, Paul Van der Velpen, proclaim sugar to be worse than alcohol, tobacco, and cocaine combined.

Sugar can be extremely hazardous to your health.

But this depends on two critical factors...

1. How much sugar you consume.2. What kind of sugar you eat.

Consumed in moderation, sugar is a helpful source of energy. That is... provided you get it from the right sources.

We humans evolved to get our sugar by eating whole foods like fruits, vegetables, and yes, even honey. Your body knows how to extract the maximum benefit from these whole foods.It's all true.Honey, in particular, has three critical healing effects...

First, honey supports your immune system and fights off harmful bacteria.

As you know, your body is under constant assault by numerous viruses and bacteria that threaten to tire you out, make you sick, and even kill you.Fighting off this threat is key to staying healthy.

One of the vital components in honey is an enzyme called glucose oxidase. This enzyme, when exposed to oxygen, produces hydrogen peroxide -- a strong acid that dissolves the cell walls of bacteria. (Most human cells have thicker cell walls and can resist the low amounts of acid honey produces.)This makes honey a powerful tool for fighting skin infections, healing wounds, and otherwise supporting your immune system. (And its why honey is able to last for so long in your cupboard without going bad.) Second, it supplies the "building blocks" for healthy cells.

In addition to giving you sugars, honey equips your body with a complex array of proteins, enzymes, minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and other nutrients. The second these nutrients hit your body, they go to work...

•Tuning up your heart, lungs, stomach, brain, eyes, and skin...

•Controlling cancer-causing free-radicals and stopping cell damage in its tracks...

•Detoxifying your body of harmful pollutants and other toxins.

•However, honey still has a very high sugar content (70%-85% depending on the type of honey you get.) And as just about any health official will tell you, sugar is a major cause of obesity, diabetes, and all the other chronic illnesses we see in abundance today.

•So shouldn't we avoid honey despite its antimicrobial and nutritional properties?

•Well, that brings us to the third healing effect of honey. It turns out...

•You've probably experienced just how rapidly most sugar burns in your body -- how it gives you a sudden surge of energy followed shortly by a complete crash.

•Yet when you eat honey, you don't get that same "flare effect". Instead you get a slow, even burn of energy -- which you can put to use for things like working, playing sports, or spending time with your family.

•That's because all the extra enzymes and nutrients in honey not only help the body rebuild itself -- they also regulate how the body uses the sugar.

•It's kind of like the flame on your stove.

•Contained and controlled by the burner, valves, and the rest of the stove, you can safely use the fire for cooking.

•But take that flame out of context -- by putting it on your living room floor for example -- it can quickly burn out of control and cause all kinds of damage.

•In the same way, sugars eaten outside their normal context of whole, complete foods run riot in our bodies -- leaving us exhausted, overweight, and sick.

•The sugars that you must avoid to hold onto your health. (Caution: these are everywhere!)

•As with any sweets, moderation is key. Learn how you can use far less honey than white sugar in your cooking (and still maintain the same level of sweetness).

•The "gift enzyme" bees provide that lets us take full advantage of the energy and nutrition found in honey. (Refined sugars, in comparison, force the body to use its own precious reserve of this enzyme before we can process them.)

4 Replies

  • Thats fine but what about diabetic ? It is harmful as a direct suger or fructose. Now a days honey farming is developed, in that they use jagery packs tied up on the tree and develope honey nearby. It is more harmful and has no content u mentioned. The original natural honey is very benificial but its very difficult to get.

  • Dr Josh, good info about the micronutrients within honey (as opposed to table sugar) and the benefits of the same. So yes there is a difference in what the body gains by eating say 5 gm of sucrose versus honey that will provide the equivalent of 5gm of sucrose. However would you agree that in case of both sucrose and honey, once the initial processing is done and they get converted into glucose that is released into the blood stream, the body has to go through the same process in order to metabolize the glucose and get rid of any extra glucose from the blood stream.

    So sure the body will benefit from all the micro nutrients that it will get from eating honey which there won't be any from eating refined sugar. However the body has to deal with the glucose produced by both the foods. The message of eating honey in moderation should be more prominent and the fact that eating honey does impact ones blood sugar needs to be highlighted.

    There are plenty of diabetics out there who have this false notion that honey is like some kind of medicine for diabetics and has no effect on the blood sugar, or the likes of that. Thanks to the marketers of various brands of honey and to some extent the wishful thinking of the diabetics, these misconceptions about honey being a remedy or "its ok to eat honey as far as sugar is concerned even if you are a diabetic" etc. keep growing.

    All I am saying is that if the warnings about the use of honey as food are highlighted and come from medical professionals, it will help remove the false ideas about this nutrient rich food.


  • to my mind ,honey is food and loaded with micro nutrients and not medicine..No diabetic at present is totally avoiding carbo hydrate which is supposed to be a sort of sugar rich food. within the permitted quantity of carbo hydrate eating a liittle quantity of honey by reducing other carbo hydrate may add to better nutritional balance even in case of diabetics.This is my underatanding of Dr Josh's writing

  • Honey is no good for diabetics. One diabetic lady from Pune who is switching to LCHF learned it the hard way as she bought ashvagandha syrup instead of capsules.

    Honey will spike sugar and one has to consider carbs and sugar separately, and "little quantity" has no definition. The lady in question was unknowingly consuming 4.5 grams honey thrice daily and this was enough to spike her sugar levels to 150-160. Once she dropped the syrup, it was back in 120 range.

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