FIVE HEALTH BENEFITS FROM RAW HONEY
Raw Honey is Good for Your Health
Not all of the honey that is sold in stores is the same. To increase honey clarity, and to prevent the honey from crystallizing, some companies will heat their honey to 160 degrees and then use high pressure to push it through dense filters. This over-processing either kills or removes most of the good stuff in honey, such as pollen, propolis, enzymes, vitamins and minerals. What a waste. Only raw honey (unpasteurized and unfiltered) boosts your immune system and provides natural energy. Eating raw honey and healthy living go together like summer and sunshine. If you need some more reasons for including this superfood in your daily diet, here are 5 health benefits from eating raw honey.
Raw Honey Boosts Your Immune Systrem
According to Dr. Oz, the pytonutrients in raw honey have anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties that can help to boost your immune system and fight sickness. Michigan State University agrees that honey "is an immune system builder [with] antioxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-tumor properties." For a super-charged immunity booster, we recommend a daily cup of herbal tea, along with one or two teaspoons each of raw honey and raw apple cider vinegar.
Raw Honey Can Help Calm Your Cough
To relieve the irritations of a sore throat, eat a spoonful of raw honey. The honey will soothe your throat by coating your mucous membranes with a thick and naturally sticky coating. Raw honey will also send anti-bacterial agents to the problem location. Raw honey has been used for generations as "Nature's Cough Suppressant." Smiley Honey now offers a blend of raw honey and elderberry powder for an even more powerful natural cough syrup and sore throat remedy.
A Natural Energy Source
For a natural energy boost before, during or after exercise, honey is a great option. As the National Honey Council explains, honey provides 17 grams of carbs per tablespoon. Since carbohydrates are the primary fuel that the body uses for energy, honey provides a quick and all-natural boost when you need it. An added benefit of honey is that it promotes steady blood sugar levels, and does not lead to spikes in blood sugar, which you get from sugar and other sweeteners. Clinical trials support the conclusion that honey is an effective pre-workout energy source that does not lead to hypoglycemia.
Raw Honey Promotes Better Sleep
You have probably heard that tryptophan found in turkey meat is the cause of your sleepiness after Thanksgiving dinner. As noted by Dr. Oz, it turns out that honey may facilitate the action of tryptophan. So a cup of warm chamomile herbal tea with some honey before bedtime can promote better sleep.
Raw Honey Has Healing Power
Honey is a good source of antioxidants, which can help to fight bad cholesterol and free radicals in the body. Raw honey even has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, which can help to heal skin wounds.