Honey is a natural food that is packed with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, proteins, organic acids, and many other biologically active compounds. Its exact components may vary based on the unique collection of flowers and plants that honeybees pollinate. The nutrient dense quality of honey has different health benefits. People all around the world are currently suffering from chronic illnesses such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and dyslipidemia at unprecedented rates. When patients experience a combination of these disease states, it is known as metabolic syndrome (MetS). MetS is correlated with urbanization in developing countries, with sedentary lifestyle and poor diet as the biggest risk factors. Studies have shown that honey is able to help manage and reverse all four disease states that make up MetS. While the exact mechanisms are still being investigated, honey’s positive health effects may suggest that it could play a role in helping patients manage and ultimately reverse these chronic diseases.
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