Raw honey is one of the oldest natural sweeteners on the world. But it is much more than that. It was used for medical purposes since ancient times.
Therefore, this liquid gold is much more than a healthy and natural way to sweeten your day. It has many health benefits that are scientifically proven.
Raw honey contains 27 minerals, 22 amino acids and 5000 enzymes.
It also contains minerals like zinc, iron, potassium, magnesium phosphorus and selenium.
Vitamins: Riboflavin, vitamin B6, thiamine, niacin and pathogenic acid.
One tablespoon of this superfood contains 64 calories.
80% is natural sugar (mostly fructose and glucose)
18% is water (The less water content it has, the better the quality it has)
2% minerals, vitamins, pollen and protein
Health Benefits of Raw Honey:
1. Fights Pollen Allergies
Raw honey contains bee pollen, and the pollen is what causes all allergic reactions. So you must be wondering how this can be helpful. Well, this is called immunotherapy.
And that works like this: Bees collect pollen from your neighborhood and that pollen ends up I the raw honey. So, when you consume it, you also consume the pollen. After some time, you may become less sensitive to this pollen that previously caused problems and experience less seasonal allergy symptoms.
Many seasonal allergy sufferers have found that local raw honey can be helpful because it desensitizes them to the fauna triggering their allergic reaction.
2. Reduces Cough and Throat Irritations
Research show that raw honey is effective in treating coughs as any cough syrup.
All you need to do is to consume half a half teaspoon to two teaspoons of this liquid gold at bedtime. This is a studied and recommended dosage for anyone over the age of one.
Studies have shown that a daily dose of raw honey raises levels of health-promoting antioxidants in the body.
Those antioxidants help to block free radicals in the body that cause disease. This also boosts the immune system and acts as a preventive against number diseases.
Honey contains polyphenols, which are powerful antioxidants that have been shown to reduce the risk of cancer and heart diseases.
4. Natural Energy Booster
Honey is also called a ‘’perfect running fuel’’. It provides an energy that is quickly absorbed, maintains glycogen levels and improves recovery time.
So it makes it the best pre-workout and post-workout snack.
5. Heals Wounds and Burns
External application of honey has been shown to be very effective at healing wounds and burns.
This is because honey reacts with the body’s fluids to make hydrogen peroxide, creating an inhospitable environment for bacteria.
6. Treats Diabetes
Consumption of raw honey can reduce the risk of developing diabetes and help aid medication used to treat diabetes. The mix of raw honey and cinnamon can be very beneficial to healthy blood sugar management.
Raw honey increases insulin and decreases hyperglycemia. So try to consume a little at a time and see how your blood sugar will react to it, and add both raw honey and cinnamon to your diabetic diet plan.
*Note: Raw honey is always a better and healthier choice that the processed one. The commercial honey is often heavily processed. Excessive heat destroys the natural enzymes, vitamins and minerals in honey. Filtering and processing eliminate many of the beneficial phytonutrients, including pollen and enzyme-rich propolis.
Therefore, when using raw honey, do not heat it over 95 Fahrenheit.