Raw honey is well known for its endless list of health benefits. So what is raw honey? Raw honey is a pure, unpasteurized sweetener made by bees from the nectar of flowers. Most of the honey consumed today is processed honey. This is honey that has been heated and heavily filtered before it is packaged up to be sold in grocery shops. This heat treatment and heavy filtering robs the honey of its nutritional value and health powers. All our honey is kept raw to ensure you can benefit from all its natural goodness. Here's our 7 top Benefits of consuming raw honey.
1. Antioxidant Powerhouse
Raw honey contains an array of plant chemicals that act as antioxidants. Some types of honey have as many antioxidants as fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants help to protect your body from cell damage due to free radicals.
2. Antibacterial and antifungal properties
Research has shown that raw honey can kill unwanted bacteria and fungus. It naturally contains hydrogen peroxide, an antiseptic. Its effectiveness as an antibacterial or antifungal varies depending on the honey.
3. Wound and Ulcer Healer
Raw honey is used in medical setting to treat wounds. This is because its been found to be an effective germ killer and can also aid in tissue regeneration. Research has shown that some varieties of honey can boost healing time and reduc infection.
4. Soothes a sore Throat
Raw honey has been shown to be as effective as treating coughs as over the counter commercial cough syrups. To help relieve cough symptoms, try consuming 1/2 to 2 tsp of raw honey before bed.
5. Aids digestive issues
Raw honey is potent prebiotic, meaning it nourishes the good bacteria that live in the intestines, which are crucial not only for digestion but overall health. Ingest one to 2 tablespoons of honey to counteract indigestion since it doesn’t ferment in the stomach
6. Counter pollen allergies
Raw honey contains bee pollen, which is known to ward off in fections, provide natural allergy relied and boost overall immunity. By consuming raw honey from your local area, your also consuming that same pollen that is causing your allergies. After some time, an allergy sufferer may become less sensitive to this pollen that previously cause them problems and experience less season allergy symptoms. Many season allergy suffers have found local, raw honey to be helpful because it desensitizes them to the fauna triggering their allergic reaction. Some people say that a daily tablespoon of honey can actually act like an allergy shot. The type of honey is key though since pasteurized honey does not contain any pollen. For possible seasonal allergy relief, you need to consume raw honey with pollen in it.
7. Promotes restorative sleep
Raw honey promotes better sleep 2 ways. Firstly by consuming honey before bedtime it restocks the liver's glycogen supply, and prevents the brain from triggering a crisis search for fuel, which can wake you up. Secondly, consuming raw honey fosters the release of melatonin in the brain, by creating a small spike in insulin levels. This stimulates the release of tryptophan in the brain. Tryptophan coverts to serotonin, which is then converted to melatonin. Melatonin boosts immunity and helps to rebuild tissue during periods of rest. Add a tablespoon to warm milk to help increase melatonin and help you sleep