Raw Honey Benefits: Raw honey has been used as remedies from diseases throughout history and has a variety of health benefits with medical herbal uses. Even it’s used in some hospitals as a treatment for wounds. Most of these health benefits are involved with raw, or unpasteurized honey and usually, what you see in grocery stores are pasteurized honey. The high heat can kill unwanted yeast, and also improve the color and texture, removes any crystallization, and extends the shelf life, but many of the beneficial nutrients are also destroyed during the process.
If you’re interested in trying raw honey, I recommend and suggest to buy it from a trusted local beekeeper. Pure raw honey has the following health benefits:
Raw honey contains a series of plant chemicals which act as antioxidants. Even some special types of honey have as many antioxidants as fruits and vegetables. And you know that Antioxidants can help to protect your body from damages of your body cells due to free radicals.
Free radicals contribute to the aging process of the human body and may also responsible for the developing of chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Research shows that antioxidant compounds in honey which are called polyphenols may play a vital role in preventing heart disease.
Research also has shown that raw honey is capable to kill unwanted bacteria and fungus. It contains hydrogen peroxide, an antiseptic naturally. Its effectiveness as an antibacterial or antifungals can vary depending on the quality of honey, but it’s certainly more than enough remedy for these kinds of infections.
03. Heal Wounds
Manuka honey is a special type of honey used in medical treatment for wounds because it’s been found to be an effective germ killer and also helps in tissue regeneration. Studies show that Manuka honey can boost the healing time period and reduce infection. Keep in mind that the honey used in the hospital is designed for a medical grade, meaning it’s inspected and sterile as necessary. It’s not a good idea to treat your cuts with honey you buy from a local store.
Remember, Phytonutrients are compounds found in plants that can protect the plant from the harm of insects and radiation. It can keep insects away or shield the plant from ultraviolet radiation. And the phytonutrients in honey are accountable for its antioxidant properties, as well as its antibacterial and antifungal rule. They’re also assumed to be the reason raw honey has shown immune-boosting and anticancer benefits. But heavy processing or evaporation can destroy these valuable nutrients.
Sometimes Honey is used to treat digestive issues such as diarrhea, although there isn’t much research to prove that it works well. But it has been proved to be effective as a treatment for Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacteria, which is a common cause of stomach ulcers. It’s also a potent probiotic, which means it nourishes the good bacteria that exist in the intestines, that are vital not only for digestion but overall your health.
If you have a cold, try with a spoonful of honey. Honey is a very old remedy for sore throat. Add it with hot tea and lemon when you have a cold virus. It also works well as a cough suppressant. The researcher has suggested that honey is very effective similar to dextromethorphan, which is a common ingredient in over-the-counter (OTC) cough medication. Just eat one or two teaspoonfuls of honey, straight.
Although honey has beneficial prebiotics and nutrients, raw honey may carry harmful bacteria such as Clostridium botulinum. When you let your baby eat honey, take care as this bacteria is particularly dangerous for babies. So, it’s recommended not to give Raw honey to an infant less than a year old.
The following may be the Symptoms of botulism poisoning in infants:
- slow breathing
- sagging eyelids
- absence of gagging
- loss of head control
- paralysis that spreads downward
- poor feeding
- weak cry
For adults, the above symptoms can include initial diarrhea (for short period) and vomiting tendency, followed by constipation, and more severe symptoms, such as blurred vision and muscle weakness. Don’t hesitate to see a doctor if you experience any of these above symptoms after eating raw honey.