Honey is truly amazing. It is loaded with vitamins, minerals and bacteria-fighting enzymes. Researchers report that honey also contains a variety of polyphenol compounds, which are powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants can help prevent heart disease and cancer.
Studies have shown that honey has a positive effect on lipid profiles by reducing total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL), and triglycerides. In contrast, high-density lipoprotein levels increase.
While still investigating the mechanism(s) that make honey heart-healthy, one reason maybe be that honey contains compounds similar to niacin (Vitamin B3). Niacin (prescribed as nicotinic acid) helps to decrease high triglyceride levels. Honey also encourages the body to release insulin, which also lowers triglyceride levels.
So when you enjoy your honey, know that eating or drinking it can actually help keep you healthy!