The health benefits of honey - like all foods - depend on the quality of the honey. The best way to get health benefit from honey is by consuming raw honey. Raw honey is pure unprocessed honey that is taken immediately from the bee hive.
There are various benefit that you can get from raw honey. In addition, the processing of honey often removes many of the phytonutrients found in raw honey as it exists in the hive.
Raw honey, for example, contains small amounts of the same resins found in propolis. Propolis is actually a complex mixture of resins and other substances that honeybees use to seal the hive and make it safe from bacteria and other micro-organisms.
The resins found in propolis only represent a small part of the phytonutrients found in propolis and honey, however. Other phytonutrients found both in raw honey and propolis have been shown to possess cancer-preventing and anti-tumor properties.
Raw honey also contains small amounts of bee pollen and royal jelly. The pollen that collected on the bees' legs as they move from plant to plant is only as healthful and as diverse as those plants.