What is raw honey?
Raw honey comes straight from our beehives to you. The beekeeper extracts the honey from the honeycombs; the honey is then bottled up and sold. No processing, no altering; raw honey is strictly kept as mother nature intended it. There are numerous health benefits of raw honey which makes it a far better choice than other types of honey commonly found in grocery stores.
Raw Honey is a Natural Energy Booster
Raw honey contains fructose and glucose, both natural sugars that give us the energy we need to function in everyday living. Glucose is absorbed into the body quickly, however, fructose absorbs much more slowly, which prevents fatigue during intense exercise.
Raw Honey Helps Preserve Muscle Mass
Raw honey is known to contain trace amounts of about 18 different amino acids. Amino acids are monomers that make up proteins and “protein is essential for the structure, function and regulation of the body’s tissues and organs,” says Laura from Healthy with Honey. Protein is also the building block of our immune system; it aids in the healing and strengthening of muscles following an intense workout and helping to preserve muscle mass.
Raw Honey Stimulates Weight Loss
Aashna Ahuja from NDTV Food claims that raw honey if mixed with warm water and lime, may help reduce the appearance of cellulite. Additionally, a study published in a 2010 edition of the Journal of American College of Nutrition proves that honey helps suppress your appetite. That’s because there are essential hormones found in honey that boost metabolism. It’s probably most effective if you consume it before you go to bed at night because it will help you burn off calories in the early hours of your sleep.
Raw honey can additionally help with weight loss because it reduces sugar cravings. Honey is healthy and sweet, so why reach for refined, un-pure sweets?
Keep in mind, though: raw honey and cinnamon water may contribute to your weight loss goals, but they alone won’t get rid of your cellulite and they should not supplant exercise and other nutrition-rich foods.
Raw Honey Contains Antioxidants For Improved Health
Raw honey is known to be rich in both enzymatic and non-enzymatic antioxidants.
These antioxidants provide a whole host of health benefits.
- They can prevent heart disease
- Help lower the bad LDL cholesterol and raise the good HDL cholesterol
- Improve the digestive system by aiding in the removal of toxins from the body
- Boosts your immune system
- May help lower elevated blood pressure
- Reduces elevated Triglyceride levels (aka a type of fat found in your blood)
Raw Honey Improves Sleep
A cup of hot milk or camomile tea with a teaspoon of raw honey mixed in consumed at night may actually help you sleep better. That is because “honey releases serotonin”, explains Dr. Manoj K. Ahuja on NDTV Food. “The body then converts the serotonin into melatonin, a chemical compound that regulates the length and quality of sleep.” Who doesn’t love a great sleep?!
Raw Honey Treats Wounds and Burns
Raw honey has been used to treat wounds and burns since the ancient times and it is still used as a treatment to this day. Raw honey contains antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that prevent the growth and spread of bacteria as well as reduce pain, swelling and scarring of tissues.
Raw Honey Soothes a Persistent Cough
Raw honey contains anti-microbial properties that kill bacteria in certain areas of the body, particularly in the throat. This explains why honey can cure a persistent cough. According to a 2012 study published in the Journal Pediatrics, just two teaspoons of honey can help cure a persistent cough (Aashna Ahuja, NDTV).
So, yes, raw honey has many health benefits; when consumed it can assist you in feeling healthier and more energetic. Raw Honey is a must-have for a healthy household!
Aashna Ahuja “11 Amazing Benefits of Honey for Weight Loss, Hair and Skin” Published on NDTV Food 4 June 2018. Accessed 28 March 2020
Kris Gunnars “10 Surprising Health Benefits of Honey” Published on Healthline.com 5 September 2018. Accessed 28 March 2020
Laura “Proteins in Honey” Published on Healthy With Honey 18 April 2017. Accessed 28 March 2020