How Does Honey Help to Support the Immune System?

Honey boosts the immune system through its antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. It fights infections, protects against free radical damage, and reduces inflammation. As a prebiotic, it nurtures beneficial gut bacteria, essential for immune health. Honey also soothes sore throats, aiding recovery.

The Function of the Immune System

In a healthy individual, the organs, cells and proteins of the immune system are constantly on the lookout for invading pathogens and potentially harmful environmental substances.

When it detects a pathogen or something that it doesn’t recognise as belonging to the body (‘self’ vs ‘non self’) it sends an army of killer cells and antibodies to fight the offending invader.

Honey for Passion?!

Yep, and our ancient ancestors knew all about it. In ancient Persia, it was customary for newly married couples to drink an alcoholic honey drink (like a fortified wine) called mead for the first month. Presumably hence the name honeymoon!

It was believed to increase their libido, so that children weren’t far away.They were definitely onto something, as honey is a good source of the B vitamins. The B vitamins are thought to be important in the production of testosterone, the more testosterone, the more libido a man has, increasing his chances of becoming a father!

Its distinct taste, though acquired, contributes to its valued status among health-conscious consumers seeking its specific medicinal attributes.

Beauty Tips Using Honey

Acne and Blackheads  

The AHAs in honey also help to clear the pores of excess sebum (the natural oil produced by the skin) and dirt which contribute to blackheads. Not only that, honey is naturally antimicrobial which can help to manage the bacteria that naturally reside on our skin, an overgrowth of which is associated with acne breakouts.