Invertase in Honey

Invertase in Honey

Yesterday, in our continuing exploration of honey enzymes, we looked at diastase. Today, we’re going to talk about invertase. Invertase is a very important enzyme in honey and is critical to the actual process of turning nectar into honey. It’s also beneficial for humans. Let’s learn more about honey and invertase!

Invertase in Honey Production

If one evaluates the enzymes in honey based on the amount of work they perform in proportion to the amount present, invertase is the hardest working enzyme around. It’s main job is to take the sucrose in the nectar source and then convert it to glucose or fructose. Most honey has very little sucrose.

The honeybees synthesize the invertase enyzmes in order to produce honey.

Invertase in Humans

Invertase’s ability to break down (hydrolyze) the bond between fructose and glucose makes it a vital part of the digestion of complex sugars into blood sugar (glucose) which can be used as a ready fuel source by the body.

Invertase is an essential enzyme in the human body. Without it, we would not be able to digest sugars as efficiently, if at all.

Invertase has antioxidant properties, which can help with overall health. It’s ability to break down sugars also assists with relief for numerous conditions, like ulcers and digestive disorders.

Further, invertase has, in some studies, been shown to help with respiratory ailments like colds and flu.

Invertase in Honey

Honey is packed with this helpful enzyme. If you are looking to up your invertase intake, try our raw honey. You can get it in cinnamon, star thistle, tupelo, and wildflower!

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