25 Jan Raw Honey is a Natural Immune Booster
Recent studies in the field of honey are currently confirming what many people who consume raw honey already know. Raw honey boosts the immune system. Raw honey’s ability to boost the immune system comes from the fact that nectars from flowers contain phytochemicals and plant polyphenols. Recently, however, another component of honey has been found to boost the immune system.
This ingredient is a probiotic bacteria called Lactobacillus kunkeei. A new sequencing method devised at the Prefectural University of Hiroshima discovered that the probiotic bacteria is used by honey bees in their beehives. As a result, the probiotic is in honey as well as the royal jelly that is produced in the beehive. This in turn means that the bacteria is in the raw honey that is extracted from the hive.
Researchers studied and tested two strains of the Lactobacillus kunkeei. They tested the bacteria on cells within a laboratory. They then exposed the cells to heat-killed Lactobacillus kunkeei bacteria. This caused an IgA response within the cells, which means they jump started the cells’ immunity process.
After this, the team gave 1,000 milligrams of the heat-killed Lactobacillus kunkeei to 11 healthy adults. This increased saliva IgA concentrations and secretions in the healthy adults, which indicates that the subjects immune system was activated.
What are heat-killed bacteria? Heat-killed bacteria are bacteria that are heated to the point of killing bateria. This means that the bacteria is no longer feeding (fermenting). Also, they are no longer producing acids or other antibiotic substances. Nevertheless, heat-killed bacteria release acids and antibiotic substances upon its death, still leaving immune boosting properties.
What does this have to do with honey? Well, for one, raw honey is never overheated, which means the natural bacteria is not heat-killed. This means that the Lactobacillus kunkeei in raw honey is alive and well and still producing antibiotics, as well as other immune boosting properties.
Adams, C. (2015, July 02). Raw Honey Contains Probiotic that Boosts Immunity. Retrieved January 25, 2018, from http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/raw-honey-contains-probiotic-boosts-immunity