One of the healthiest food in the world is definitely honey. It is abundant in enzymes and nutrients full of health benefits and can also be used in a variety of medical uses. People have been using it as a traditional folk remedy since ancient times. Nowadays, it’s still very popular as food, but it’s also used against wounds. That’s why, we’ve decided to dedicate this article to raw honey and its amazing benefits.
Unfortunately, the honey we buy is most grocery stores nowadays is processed. The process of heating it goes through can improve its texture and color, but it will also remove any unwanted crystallization. This process also destroys most of the beneficial bacteria and antioxidants.
Raw honey is full of the probiotic bacteria called Lactobacillus kunkeei. Honeybees don’t only use it, but it can also be found in the royal jelly that’s produced in the hive, in the bee pollen and in the honey itself. So, when we eat raw honey, we intake plenty of these beneficial bacteria.
When you’ve decided to buy honey, try to find a local producer. Here are some of the best benefits raw honey offers to you and your health!
A Good Source of Antioxidants
The antioxidants found in honey are called phenolic compounds. There are types of honey which contain antioxidants so much as in fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants are amazing for our body because they protect it from the cell damage caused by free radicals.
Free radicals speed up the process of aging and can also speed up the appearance of some chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer. According to numerous studies, the beneficial polyphenols found in honey have the ability to prevent heart disease.
Antifungal and Antibacterial Properties
Raw honey also has the ability to destroy any fungus and unwanted bacteria. It is a natural source of hydrogen peroxide which is an antiseptic. There are some hospitals in Europe that have the practice to use Manuka honey in the fight against MRSA or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. This is a kind of staph bacterial infection which has become resistant to antibiotics over the years. Still, it depends on the type of the honey whether it will be effective as an antifungal or as an antibacterial.
Help for Digestive Issues
Honey be used to treat digestive problems like diarrhea, for example. There aren’t many researches that confirm this, but there are researches which prove it’s effective against Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) which we know as a common cause of peptic ulcers. These ulcers appear in the digestive system or in the stomach. If you take 1 or 2 teaspoons of honey regularly, it will help you heal them faster and also soothe the pain.
Soothe a Sore Throat
In case of a cold or the flu, honey is the best remedy. Only 1 teaspoon will make a great difference. People have used it as a remedy against sore throat since ancient times. Add it into your cup of tea with a little bit of lemon. The cough will be suppressed very soon!
Scientific research has proved that honey has the effectiveness of dextromethorphan. This is a medicine ingredient in most common medicines which can be bought over-the-counter against cough. Eat 1 or 2 teaspoons and that’s it!
But, besides all of the beneficial nutrients and bacteria, raw honey contains harmful bacteria, too. It can cause botulism in babies and that’s why it’s especially dangerous to be given to babies younger than 1 year.
The symptoms of botulism are very similar to food poisoning: fever, vomiting, nausea etc. It can also appear in adults. In case you’ve noticed them after eating raw honey, visit a doctor immediately!
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