09 Feb 5 Health Benefits of Raw Honey
At Cox’s Honey we take pride in the fact that the honey we package is 100% raw honey. Nothing is added or taken away. Even our creamed honey (the best tasting honey on the planet) is 100% raw. Some people have claimed that we add high fructose corn syrup to our delicious, creamed honey. This is false. Like our liquid honey, nothing is added or taken away.
Because all of our honey is raw, there are several health benefits that come with it. Here are 5 health benefits of raw honey.
Raw Honey Contains Phytonutrients
What are phytonutrients? Phytonutrients are nutrients found in plants. These nutrients protect the plant from damage and harm. When honey bees collect nectar from plants, the phytonutrients are included, which are then transferred to the honey when the bees produce the sweet stuff. Phytonutrients possess anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. When honey is overheated or heavily filtered, these important phytonutrients are filtered out.
Antibacterial and Antifungal Properties
It is now scientific fact that honey can be both an antibiotic and an antifungal agent. Honey’s low water content, along with trace amounts of hydrogen peroxide, makes is an ideal antibiotic. In fact, scientific research has shown just how effective honey is against bacteria. In a study published in the July 2010 edition of the FASEB Journal, researchers discovered that honey contains a protein called defensin-1, which has been identified as an effective agent against bacteria (Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, 2010).
Can Heal Wounds
It makes sense that since raw honey contains antibacterial and antifungal properties it would help heal wounds. Studies show that honey is effective in healing burns and other skin wounds. Moreover, the trace amounts of hydrogen peroxide in honey assists in wound healing.
Helps with Digestive Issues
Raw honey helps the digestive system. It has been proven to relieve digestive issues related to diarrhea, upset stomachs, and peptic ulcers. Consequently, raw honey is proven to work against Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), which is a cause of peptic ulcers. People who suffer from this type of ulcer testify that taking 1 to 2 teaspoons of raw honey on an empty stomach aids in the healing process and relieves pain.
Raw Honey Boosts Energy
Energy coincides with good health. As a result, honey is known to increase energy. Honey has a lower glycemic index than sugar. Consequently, the body absorbs honey slower than sugary foods, which in turn creates longer lasting energy.
Overall, raw honey is simply a miracle food. Besides these 5 health benefits, there are many other health benefits of honey. Just remember to make sure the honey you purchase is 100% raw honey.
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. (2010, July 12). Honey as an antibiotic: Scientists identify a secret ingredient in honey that kills bacteria. ScienceDaily. Retrieved February 7, 2017 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/06/100630111037.htm