BENEFITS OF HONEY
....this is just the tip of the iceberg!
What is Raw Honey?
It’s a pure, unfiltered and unpasteurized sweetener made by bees from the nectar of flowers. Most of the honey consumed today is processed honey that’s been heated and filtered since it was gathered from the hive. Unlike processed honey, raw honey does not get robbed of its incredible nutritional value and health powers. It can help with everything from low energy to sleep problems to seasonal allergies. Switching to raw honey may even help weight-loss efforts when compared to diets containing sugar or high fructose corn syrup.
According to Dr. Ron Fessenden, M.D., M.P.H. the average American consumes more than 150 pounds of refined sugar, plus an additional 62 pounds of high fructose corn syrup every year. (1) In comparison, we consume only around 1.3 pounds of honey per year on average in the U.S. (2) According to new research, if you can switch out your intake of refined sugar and use pure raw honey instead, the health benefits can be enormous.
Did you know that bees add enzymes to honey that are incredibly amazing for us.
Bees fly to flower and suck the nectar from flowers through their proboscis. They ingest the nectar into their honey stomach. While in their honey stomach, or crop, they add beneficial enzymes to the nectar. One of the enzymes they add to it produces hydrogen peroxide. This makes honey very good for us when we're sick, or have cuts and burns. Traditionally honey was used in hospitals to treat wounds and burns, with the introduction of modern medicine we've moved away from these traditional healers. With the 'back to roots' movement, we see more and more people starting to use honey again for it's healing properties.
Seasonal Allergies & Honey, does it really work?
It's true, honey can reduce or completely get rid of those annoying seasonal allergies. Eating local honey from your local beekeeper can heal you!
Heres how it works: The allergens that affect us are often windblown pollens, not pollens that bees collect from flowers. So when the bees are out collecting nectar these microscopic windblown pollens get caught in the hairs covering the body of the bee. When the honey bee returns to the hive, these tiny pollen molecules drop into the honey. When we eat honey from the hive we get a small amount of the pollen in our system, it works just like a flu shot. When you get a tiny amount in your system over time your body builds an immunity to it. The great thing about this prescription is that there's no shot required, just a delicious teaspoon of honey every day....delicious!