An overview of honey: Therapeutic properties and contribution in nutrition and human health

  title={An overview of honey: Therapeutic properties and contribution in nutrition and human health},
  author={Christy Echakachi Manyi-loh and Anna Maria Clarke and Rol and N. Ndip},
  journal={African Journal of Microbiology Research},
Honey, a natural product of very high nutritive value is made when the nectar (floral) and sweet deposits from plants (non floral) are gathered, modified and stored in the honeycombs by honeybees of the genera Apis and Meliponini. Its composition and quality vary greatly with the botanical source of nectar as well as environmental and climatic conditions. Depending on its quality, honey can contribute to the health and nutritional status of humans. These beneficial actions have been ascribed to… 

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