With one delicious super food, you can simultaneously prevent topical infection, enhance athletic performance, soothe a troubled digestive system and relieve a sore throat. Sweet and powerful, the unprocessed, organic form of honey is an adequate source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and may help treat several health concerns.
Honey cleans wounds and promotes healing by killing damaging bacteria. Several studies have shown the efficacy of honey as a treatment for infected wounds. They showed that honey healed severe wounds and ulcers in 58 of 59 patients, most of whom had not responded to conventional treatment. Unprocessed honey contains hydrogen peroxide as well as phenolic acids, which help remove various bacteria from a topical injury. Raw honey’s antimicrobial agents make it an ideal natural infection-fighter and rapid healer.
Used for cancer prevention, honey improves immune function and fights tissue damage. Honey is also a potent antioxidant, fighting the buildup of low-density lipoprotein, or “bad” cholesterol, in the arteries and harmful free radicals. Free radicals are responsible for premature aging, cancer and tissue damage. Recent researches showed that honey held an equal or greater ability to degenerate free radical activity than fruits and vegetables. In the two studies, buckwheat and other darker honeys were found to have more antioxidant compounds than paler honeys.
Digestion and Immunity
Bee pollen in honey acts as an antihistamine to alleviate seasonal allergies. Honey is rich with bifidobacteria, a group of bacteria associated with digestive and immune health. An effective probiotic, raw honey stimulates bifidobacteria growth in the intestine. The National Institutes of Health confirm that honey is natural immune enhancer and anti-inflammatory agent and may help fight cancer. Local honey is known to preserve health when the pollen count is high. Bee pollen in local honey may reduce allergy symptoms by providing small doses of regional allergens.
Mind and Body
Honey supplies fuel for physical activity with vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates. Honey has been used for centuries by athletes; it is even referred to in Greek and Roman mythology. Raw honey provides easily absorbed carbohydrates, natural glucose and fructose, as well as vitamins and minerals, each aiding in prolonged stamina. When consumed before, during or after exercise, honey increases performance and accelerates recovery similar to a sports drink. These nutrients also promote relaxation, albeit in large amounts, according to a study on honey and anxiety.
Organic, Raw and Local
Support your local beekeeper and your health with locally cultivated raw honey. Like many foods, processed honey barely resembles its natural, unfiltered state. Prior to filtration, honey contains royal jelly, bee pollen and propolis – three major sources of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. When heated and filtered, honey loses vitamins A, C, D, E and K, various B vitamins, calcium, potassium, magnesium and live enzymes. Buying local, organic raw honey ensures that you receive these nutrients at their most powerful, and it acclimates your body to the region.