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Honey is sweet nutrient fluid produced by bees.

The bees collect nectar from flowers or juices and deposit them in the hive. There he loses moisture and humidity reaches the usual honey, by 14-18%.

Honey contains 77-78% sugar (mainly fructose and glucose) and because of the relatively low humidity favor the growth of microorganisms.

A successful comprehensive definition of honey made by the E. F. Phillips (1930), as follows: Honey is an aromatic, greasy, sugary material derived from the nectar of plants, which the bees gather and alter the food in a dense liquid, and finally stored in the honeycombs. It is the acid reaction, fluid in its original form, but transformed into crystalline when left too long. It mainly consists of two simple sugars, the dextrose and levulose, with presence in most cases, complex carbohydrates, mostly levulose and usually always contains minerals, plant pigments, enzymes and some pollen grains. Honey as food for man is one of the most valuable, nutritious and healthier foods. It gives energy to the muscles, clarity in mind, sanitize and regulate the digestive system. Regular use gives vitality to the body and helps to prolong life. Hippocrates and all the doctors of antiquity recommended it as a medicine in many cases. And today recognized its therapeutic value in recurrent constipation to heart disease, anemia, adenopathy and forfeiture cases and the failure of the organization. The consumption of honey is attributed the longevity of famous beekeepers, ranging between 80 and 90 years. The dark honey color are more tonic properties, such as The pine, which is rich in trace metals. Honey, as mentioned above, generally has a beneficial effect on human health. This view is widespread throughout the world and most importantly is documented by scientists. So in an effort to determine the effect of honey as food and medicine in various clinical cases Duisberg (1967) distinguish the following cases.

  • Honey works against fatigue and this is achieved by storing the fructose contained in the liver as glycogen. There is converted into glucose, thereby increasing the content of the blood. Facilitates the uptake of calcium activates ossification.
  • Heals or relieves internal disorders, stomach ulcers, insomnia, sore throat, some heart disease and generally have beneficial effects on heart, increases blood hemoglobin and muscle strength, etc.
  • In outdoor use heal burns, wounds and illnesses due to nasopharyngeal inchidini (inhidine) which gives bacteriostatic properties. Honey, then, is the main product in beekeeping and a valuable ally of the human body.