1. Prevent cancer and heart diseaseHoney contains flavonoids, antioxidants which help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease.2. Reduce ulcers and other gastrointestinal disordersRecent research shows that honey treatment may help disorders such as ulcers and bacterial gastroenteritis. This may be related to the 3rd benefit.3. Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-fungal\u201cAll honey is antibacterial, because the bees add an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide,\u201d said Peter Molan, director of the Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato in New Zealand.4. Increase athletic performanceAncient Olympic athletes would eat honey and dried figs to enhance their performance. This has now been verified with modern studies, showing that it is superior in maintaining glycogen levels and improving recovery time than other sweeteners.5. Reduce cough and throat irritationHoney helps with coughs, particularly buckwheat honey. In a study of 105 children, a single dose of buckwheat honey was just as effective as a single dose of dextromethorphan in relieving nocturnal cough and allowing proper sleep.6. Balance the 5 elementsHoney has been used in ayurvedic medicine in India for at least 4000 years and is considered to affect all three of the body\u2019s primitive material imbalances positively. It is also said to be useful useful in improving eyesight, weight loss, curing impotence and premature ejaculation, urinary tract disorders, bronchial asthma, diarrhea, and nausea.Honey is referred as \u201cYogavahi\u201d since it has a quality of penetrating the deepest tissues of the body. When honey is used with other herbal preparations, it enhances the medicinal qualities of those preparations and also helps them to reach the deeper tissues.7. Blood sugar regulationEven though honey contains simple sugars, it is NOT the same as white sugar or artificial sweeteners. Its exact combination of fructose and glucose actually helps the body regulate blood sugar levels. Some honeys have a low hypoglycemic index, so they don\u2019t jolt your blood sugar. Watch this video Sweetener Comparison where I compare stevia, brown rice syrup, honey, molasses and agave, and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each.8. Heal wounds and burnsExternal application of honey has been shown to be as effective as conventional treatment with silver sulfadiazine. It is speculated that the drying effect of the simple sugars and honey\u2019s antibacterial nature combine to create this effect. Studies have shown honey to be very successful in healing wounds.9. ProbioticSome varieties of honey possess large amounts of friendly bacteria. This includes up to 6 species of lactobacilli and 4 species of bifidobacteria. This may explain many of the \u201cmysterious therapeutic properties of honey.\u201d10. Strengthen the immune systemManuka Honey has been found to stimulate the production of immune cells according to a study at the School of Medicine, Cardiff University, UK.Manuka honey is a favourite of mine.