6 Health Benefits of Raw Honey

Raw honey, unlike the pasteurised or heat-treated honey found at the supermarket, has many health benefits and even medical uses. Raw honey differs from pasteurised honey in that it has not been heated with high heat which kills many of the beneficial nutrients found in raw honey.

Following are some of the fascinating health benefits of raw honey:

1. Amazing phytonutrients

Phytonutrients are substances found in certain plants which are believed to be beneficial to human health and help prevent various diseases.

The phytonutrients in honey are behind its antioxidant properties and are also responsible for its antibacterial and anti-fungal benefits. Raw honey has shown immune-boosting and anticancer benefits also thought to be due to the phytonutrients found in it.

2. High in antioxidants

Raw honey consists of a range of plant compounds that act as antioxidants including phytochemicals, flavonoids, and ascorbic acid. Antioxidants reduce oxidative stress in the body which can cause cell damage by removing free radicals. Free radicals can damage the body’s cells and cause chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Research has shown that antioxidant compounds in honey called polyphenols may help prevent heart disease.

3. Antibacterial and anti-fungal properties

Raw honey naturally contains hydrogen peroxide, which is an antiseptic. Research has found that raw honey can kill unwanted bacteria and fungus. Certain types of raw honey have more antibacterial or antifungal properties than others.

Manuka honey, which is produced by bees who pollinate manuka bush flowers found in New Zealand, is thought to have exceptional antibacterial properties due it its active ingredient methylglyoxal.

Here in Western Australia, honey produced from the State’s unique Jarrah tree blossoms, has been shown to have extraordinary microbial activity. The Jarrah honey’s high activity is produced by hydrogen peroxide forming enzymes added to the honey by the bees. The low concentration of hydrogen peroxide works like a ‘slow release’ antiseptic.

4. Heals wounds

Manuka honey has been approved to treat wounds in medical settings due to its effectiveness in killing germs, amplifying the regeneration of tissue and decreasing pain in burn patients. It is important to remember that the honey used in hospitals is medical grade which means it has been inspected and sterile unlike raw honey bought for consumption.

If you would like to find out some more information regarding the grading of manuka honey, this site is very informative: https://manukahoneyorganic.com/what-is-umf/

5. Stomach health

Raw honey is a powerful prebiotic. Prebiotics are specialised plant fibres which stimulate the growth of good bacteria in your gut. This is important for digestive and overall health.

Raw honey may also be effective as a treatment for H. pylori bacteria, which is a common cause of stomach ulcers.

Jarrah honey has shown to contain elevated levels of butyric acid and high amounts of prebiotics and probiotics. Butyric acid is a substance that may lower the risk of colon cancer.

For more information on Jarrah honey, this site is very informative: http://www.jarrahhoneyinfo.com/

6. Sore throat remedy

For centuries, raw honey has been used to soothe a sore throat. Added to hot tea with lemon it makes for a soothing drink when you are suffering from a cold.

Research has shown that it may also work as a cough suppressant, similar to cough medicine containing dextromethorphan.

Whilst raw honey has many amazing benefits, it is important to remember to always seek medical advice before using honey for medicinal purposes.

A further caution by the World Health Organisation is to avoid feeding infants under the age of 1 honey, either raw or pasteurised, due to the possibility of botulism disease.

As we have seen, raw honey has a variety of health benefits which may compliment your treatment of many health conditions, as well as boost your health by the beneficial nutrients it contains.

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