5 Health Benefits of Raw Honey
Can Raw Honey really be beneficial to health?
You bet’cha… In fact, when looking through history, we can see that it has been used for many different things over the past several thousand years.
Check it out… Honey has been used since ancient times both as a food and as a medicine. It was reported that archaeologists found 2000 year old jars of honey in Egyptian tombs and they still tasted delicious!
Also, Apiculture, the practice of beekeeping to produce honey, dates back to at least 700 BC.
And for many centuries, honey was regarded as sacred due to its wonderfully sweet properties as well as its rarity.
Today, Raw Honey can be gathered from fields of wildflowers in nature that have not been sprayed with pesticides or fertilizers.
Have you tasted the Raw Honey difference yet?
The bees choose the color, flavor, and texture of the honey by the varieties of wildflowers and herbs they forage and the flavor is unique to the flowers used.
With your first taste, you’ll know you are eating something extremely extraordinary.
While the average consumer wants a good, clear strained honey, which is fine, however for health reasons, raw honey is what we need.
Raw Honey is never strained, never filtered, and never heated. In this way it will retain all of its nutritional value which is where the many health benefits of Honey are stored.
However, keep in mind that the health benefits of honey – like all foods – will always depend on the quality of the honey.
One word of caution about Raw Honey
Do not feed honey-containing products or use honey as a flavoring for infants under one year of age; honey may contain Clostridium botulinum spores and toxins that can cause infant botulism, a life-threatening paralytic disease. Honey is safe for children older than 12 months and adults.
So with that in mind, here is a taste of 5 health benefits of consuming Raw Honey:
1) Raw Honey has been shown to be an Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Viral, and Anti-Fungal substance.
In this respect, it can be very beneficial to your immune system and may assist in a wide variety of common ailments.
2) Aids stomach and digestion
In digestive disturbances honey is of great value. Honey does not ferment in the stomach because, being an inverted sugar, it is easily absorbed and there is no danger of a bacterial invasion. The flavor of honey excites the appetite and helps digestion. The propoma of the ancients, made of honey, was a popular appetizer.
3) For healing ulcers and burns
Many years ago, a study by Robert Bloomfield, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, reports “Applied every 2 to 3 days under a dry dressing, honey promotes healing of ulcers and burns better than any other local application. It can also be applied to other surface wounds, including cuts and abrasions…”
4) Honey has anti-cancer properties.
Recent studies by Gribel and Pashinskii indicated that honey possessed moderate antitumor and pronounced anti-metastatic effects in five different strains of rat and mouse tumors. Furthermore, honey potentiated the antitumor activity of chemotherapeutic drugs such as 5-fluorouracil and cyclophosphamide.
– Gribel, N.V., and Pashinskii, V.G. Antitumor properties of honey. Vopr. Onkol., 36:704-709, 1990.
C.V. Rao at the American Health Foundation in Valhalla, New York found caffeic acids in propolis are inhibitors of colon cancers in animals. Other research shows hive products have the ability to prevent and halt the spread of malignant diseases. Earlier research by M.T. Huang also published in Cancer Research found caffeic acids effective in inhibiting skin cancer tumors in mice.
– American Bee Journal, June 1994
5) A Spoonful a Day Keeps Free Radicals at Bay
Daily consumption of honey raises blood levels of protective antioxidant compounds in humans, according to research presented at the 227th meeting of the American Chemical Society in Anaheim, CA, March 28, 2004.
Biochemist Heidrun Gross and colleagues from the University of California, Davis, gave 25 study participants each about four tablespoons buckwheat honey daily for 29 days in addition to their regular diets, and drew blood samples at given intervals following honey consumption. A direct link was found between the subjects’ honey consumption and the level of polyphenolic antioxidants in their blood.
So there is a small taste of what you can experience with Raw Honey.
Make it a sweet part of your day… I do.
To Your Health and Well-Being,
“How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”
-Bible (Old Testament)