Let's start with the sweet goodness of raw honey. Raw honey benefits our wellness and taste buds. Raw honey is completely pure honey that is derived directly from the beehive. It is completely unheated, unprocessed, and unpasteurized. The nutritional content of raw honey includes high levels of protein, amino acids, B vitamins, calcium, manganese, potassium, magnesium, zinc, and iron, as well as various health benefits listed below.
Raw honey contains an array of plant chemicals that act as antioxidants. Antioxidants help to protect your body from cell damage due to free radicals. Research shows that antioxidant compounds in honey called polyphenols may play a role in preventing heart disease. Many of the antioxidants found in honey are classified as flavonoids. Flavonoids have anti-inflammatory properties, which may provide some health benefits.
Raw honey naturally contains hydrogen peroxide, an antiseptic. Research has shown that raw honey can kill unwanted bacteria and fungus. Its effectiveness as an antibacterial or antifungal varies depending on the honey.
The phytonutrients in honey are responsible for its antioxidant properties. They’re also thought to be the reason raw honey has shown immune-boosting and anticancer benefits. Heavy processing destroys these valuable nutrients.
Honey could be used to treat digestive issues such as diarrhea, although there is no substantial research that it works. It’s proven to be effective as a treatment for Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacteria, a common cause of stomach ulcers. Due to the potent prebiotics in honey, it nourishes the good bacteria that live in the intestines, which are crucial for digestion and overall health.
A spoonful of honey, makes the medicine go down. Honey is an old sore throat remedy. Try adding it to hot tea with lemon to help relieve cold symptoms. It may also work to as a cough suppressant by taking one or two teaspoonfuls, straight.
Try adding honey to help sweeten your favorite foods and/or drinks. Just be aware that any kind of honey can spike blood sugar levels and is high in calories. Overall, honey goes through less processing than sugar does. Honey can also be eaten raw.
In addition to beneficial prebiotics and nutrients, raw honey can also carry harmful bacteria such as Clostridium botulinum. This is particularly dangerous for babies.
**WARNING: Raw honey should not be fed to infants under one year of age. To learn more about botulism poisoning in infants, please click here.
In adults, symptoms can include an initial short period of diarrhea and vomiting, followed by constipation and more severe symptoms, such as blurred vision and muscle weakness. Consult a doctor if you experience any of these symptoms after eating raw honey.
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References/Resources for this page: https://www.organicfacts.net/raw-honey.html and https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/top-raw-honey-benefits - Written by Rena Goldman