Would you have ever thought something as simple as honey from nature could be so powerful? I knew raw honey was good for us, but I really didn’t know the magnitude at which it could actually heal and prevent health issues. Honey belongs on your countertop next to your NutriBullet and should be eaten everyday!
Honey is an amazing substance, with history documented in Spanish murals dating as far back as 8,500 years ago. It was also used in Greek, Indian and Chinese medicine starting around 5,000 years ago.
How is honey made?
It's literally a gift from the honeybee! They make honey as food for baby bees (larvae) and for the hive when nectar is in short supply during the winter. It's made up of mostly fructose, sucrose and other sugars and water-based nutrients.
First, the honeybee transforms nectar into honey through regurgitation of an enzymatic substance into honeycombs. Through evaporation of enough water, honey is created. Yes, that is how bee’s make honey!
Health benefits of Honey
Honey has amazing health properties. It’s unbelievable to think honey only contains sugars, water and a small amount of other nutrients. Fake, processed honey on the other hand, does not provide the health benefits that real, raw honey does. In fact, there is very little - if any - real honey left in the processed stuff you're probably used to seeing on grocery store shelves.
Let's take a look at some of the specific health properties honey provides.
- Honey has antioxidant properties that reduce inflammation throughout our body.
- It contains very powerful immune-boosting and heart-protecting enzymes and antioxidants.
- Honey has antibiotic properties. Doctors a century ago used honey as a surgical dressing because of its antibiotic property.
- Honey can keep skin supple. It can also help reduce scaring because it keeps skin hydrated.
- It's also great for the digestive system because it acts as a prebiotic, killing bad bacteria and helping heal ulcers.
- Honey is very effective for a sore throat when mixed with lemon juice and sipped on as a warm tea.
- Studies show honey lowers blood LDL cholesterol levels (the bad cholesterol), raises blood HDL cholesterol levels (the good cholesterol) and lowers blood triglyceride levels.
- Honey is a great source of energy for athletes and helps athletes recover from vigorous exercise. It is a superior energy source and its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects are muscle and cardio-protective.
- Honey mixed with Ceylon cinnamon, ginger, turmeric and green tea makes a very powerful anti-inflammatory drink.
- Honey is an excellent sugar replacement for diabetics.Some studies show raw honey can lower fasting blood sugar levels, while other studies show it also raises A1c levels and lowers fasting blood sugar levels. It sounds confusing, but if you're diabetic, I would recommend using raw honey in place of any other sugars. Because honey is much sweeter than sugar, you can use much less.
Always use raw, unfiltered honey from local bee growers. Local, raw honey retains all of its healing nutritional properties. Once pasteurized and filtered, most of the health benefits are destroyed. Do not give honey to children under 1 year of age. Talk to your doctor before adding new foods to your diet.
Now that you know how good raw honey is for you, start using it everyday! It will keep you buzzzzzzing and your taste buds and body will love you for it!