Wednesday, 5 November 2014

The Healing Benefits of Raw Honey


Raw honey, the oldest sweetener known to man, has been consumed for thousands of years before sugar was manufactured.  To make one pound of honey, a colony of bees must visit over two million flowers, flying over 55,000 miles.

I eat raw honey with breakfast every day.  I love its incredible beauty and healing benefits!  I really miss it if I run out, because I can truly feel the difference it creates in my body.

What makes raw, unprocessed honey special is its health-promoting properties; it is anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal.

Raw honey is honey that has not been heated, pasteurized or processed. The differences between raw and pasteurized honey are substantial. Raw honey is an alkaline-forming food rich in natural vitamins, enzymes, powerful antioxidants and other important natural nutrients. These nutrients are destroyed during heating and pasteurization, making processed honey equivalent to, and just as unhealthy as, eating refined sugar.

Raw honey contains:

Amino acids:  approximately 18 essential and non-essential amino acids, the building blocks of protein. These include cysteine, histidine, glutamine, lysine, proline, and tryptophan.
Antioxidants:  contains many of the antioxidants found in green leafy vegetables, particularly flavonoids that help boost healthy balance, increase your energy, support enzyme activity, and soothe your skin.
Enzymes:  acid phosphatase, catalase, diastase, invertase, inulase, and glucose oxidase, which support digestion and assimilation.
Minerals:  calcium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, selenium, and zinc. Selenium is a mineral antioxidant that helps support your cardiovascular and immune systems.
Nutraceuticals:  These important nutrients help enhance your immune system and provide you benefits that go beyond those involved in normal metabolic activity.
Vitamins:  a good source of vitamin C (an antioxidant) and B vitamins, particularly niacin (vitamin B3), riboflavin (vitamin B2), and pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), which help boost your energy.

Dangers facing our Bees: 

Bees are so important to us, they play a vital role in pollination of fruit, vegetable and seed crops. Our survival depends on them.  There have already been reports of their dwindling numbers in some countries.  Current threats are:

Pesticides - “The EPA identifies two specific neonicotinoids, imidacloprid and clothianidin, as highly toxic to bees. Both chemicals cause symptoms in bees such as memory loss, navigation disruption, paralysis and death.

Both chemicals have been linked in dramatic honeybee deaths and subsequent suspensions of their use in France and Germany. Several European countries have already suspended them. Last year Slovenia and Italy also suspended their use for what they consider a significant risk to honeybee populations.” – Mother Earth News

Mites and viruses - some treatments (antibiotic/pesticides) used in the hive to protect against this, have a danger of creating resistant mites and viruses, thus threatening the bees

Cellphones & Wifi - “According to a Swiss researcher who recently published a paper on the subject, the electromagnetic waves from mobile phones have a significant impact on the behavior of honeybees and could potentially be harming honeybees around the world.”

“To test the relationship between honeybees and buzzing cellphones, he placed phones inside bee hives and then monitored the bees’ reaction. He found that in the presence of actively communicating cellphones (those not in standby mode), bees produced the sounds known as “worker piping,” which tends to indicate disturbance in a bee colony.” – ABC News

Make sure you find a trusted supplier, as some suppliers feed their bees refined sugar or high fructose corn syrup in winter when pollen is low.  This not healthy for you or the bees, they should be feeding them raw honey.

"Although honey is the safest and healthiest sugar to use, it is 70% fructose. It is recommended that one has no more than 1 teaspoon a day, especially if insulin resistant, as it will not be beneficial if eaten excessively." - Dr Mercola

Enjoy Nature's Nutrients!

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