Why Use Raw Honey – What Are The Benefits?
For thousands of years, raw honey and other natural “bee produced products” have been used around the world to treat a number of health conditions. It’s often used to treat rashes and wounds topically. It also can be consumed to cure infections and to treat many other health problems. A spoonful of honey a day – is often the only medicine needed!
What Is Raw Honey?
Simply put raw honey that hasn’t been heated, processed or pasteurized at all. The standard for raw honey is that it not be heated above 115 degrees. Our honey is only heated to 100-110 degrees. If you want really completely raw honey that has not been heated at all buy our honey in the comb this is the most natural honey you can buy.
The real differences between pasteurized honey and raw honey are very important. Pasteurized honey is the kind of honey you find in the grocery store. In fact 70% of honey on grocery store shelves when tested had NO BEE POLLEN IN IN WHAT SO EVER! Raw honey is a nutritious food that is full of natural vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other essential natural nutrients. These healthy nutrients are destroyed when honey is heated during the pasteurization process. Pasteurized honey is just about as unhealthy as refined sugar. A note to those who put raw honey in their boiling tea or coffee you are also killing off some of the enzymes and nutrients that are good for you. Try waiting until the coffee or tea has cooled a bit before adding the honey to it.
Unfortunately, most people think that crystal clear, clean looking honey is best but this is completely inaccurate thinking because they do not know about the benefits of raw honey. Most of the time, raw honey is not readily available on most supermarket shelves. Raw, unfiltered honey normally crystallizes to a very thick consistency just after a couple of months. Don’t worry about it if it does, because the honey is still good to eat and still very delicious. It’s great to use as a spread for muffins, breads and pancakes. This type of honey can also be mixed in hot tea or coffee.
Benefits of Raw Honey
Many times, raw honey that is unfiltered can only be bought right from a bee farm. This type of honey appears cloudier and has very fine textured crystals. It contains small flecks and particles of bee pollen, propolis (resinous mixture), honeycomb bits, and sometimes bee wing pieces. It’s important to note that propolis has more than one hundred and eighty compounds in it, which includes caffeic acid phenethyl ester, and this compound has shown that it can inhibit the growth of cancer.
This kind of honey contains high levels of antioxidants. Antioxidants are compounds that can stop oxidation and neutralize the effects of free radicals that can cause problems for the body. Boosting the body’s antioxidant levels often helps to protect against cellular damage and also to stop the progression of many chronic diseases.
Honey that hasn’t been processed has several anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties. It is an anti-inflammatory and expectorant, which means it works very well for treating respiratory ailments such as asthma and bronchitis. The benefits of raw honey do not end there. It can also stabilize blood pressure levels, relieve pain, balance sugar levels, soothe nerves, and it’s very effective for treating ulcers.
Additionally, it promotes digestive health, has bacterial fighting qualities, improves the immune system, reduces allergy symptoms, is a very good treatment for skin wounds, as well as other kinds of infections. Local unprocessed honey is recommended for the treatment of seasonal allergies because the chances are high that the honey will have small quantities of the specific pollens that the person is allergic to.
Unfiltered honey can actually pre-digest starches when it is put on bread for about fifteen minutes. The amylase enzyme starts to breakdown the complex starches/sugars in the bread and this makes it easier for the body to digest. This is quite beneficial for people who have digestive problems.