All-Natural, Raw Honey has been aptly named a super food: "Bee products are considered to be one of the most spiritual and magical foods on the planet, as well as one of the top superfoods and sources of concentrated nutrition." Wolfe, David, Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future (2010). Unfiltered and unpasteurized honey is a rich and highly nutritious blend of bioactive compounds, including simple sugars, enzymes, antibiotics, probiotics, vitamins and minerals. Raw honey is a powerful antioxidant, and helps to fight the buildup of "bad" cholesterol in your arteries. It has anti-microbial properties that are effective against many bacterial pathogens and fungi. At the same time, raw honey promotes the growth and activity of "friendly" bacterial (bifidobacteria) which are found in your gut and which promote good digestion. Raw honey is also a natural immune enhancer and anti-inflammatory agent. For some, raw honey helps to reduce seasonal allergy symptoms, especially when locally-sourced raw honey is used. Raw honey is great for athletes, providing easily absorbed carbs from fructose and glucose, which increases performance and accelerates post-exercise recovery. For skin care, raw honey contains strong anti-bacterial properties, and has been used for centuries to treat burns and cuts. So both research and many years of experience confirm that raw honey is an important functional food with very beneficial nutritional and physiological benefits.
For more information on some specific benefits of raw honey and other beehive products, please click on the following links:
- Using Raw Honey for Coughs and Colds
- Can Honey Help with Pollen Allergies?
- Raw Honey for Skin Care
- "Sour" Honey and Cancer
- Fueling Up for Peak Performance
- Honey and Stress Relief
- Natural Healing with Propolis
NOTE: This information should not be used as personal medical advice. Nor should it be used to diagnose, treat or cure any health condition. Statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the FDA. Always consult a doctor or licensed health professional for specific questions regarding your health.
Raw honey should not be given to children under 1 year old. In rare cases, raw honey may contain botulism spores, which can lead to serious illness or even death in infants as their immune systems are not yet sufficiently developed to handle botulism.