Raw honey is one more food on the extensive list of raw foods that have been confirmed to be healthier for you than what is normally found in the super market. The benefits of raw honey are so numerous we can not even begin to list all of them here, however we will try. It is one of the world’s oldest foods that will not only provide you with plenty of health benefits, but it tastes delicious. It is common knowledge that when heat is applied fruit or vegetables that they lose some of their nutritional value. When honey is heated and filtered it looses many of the health benefits that make it so popular.
Honey has been around for millennia and Historians don’t even know how far back they can date the use of honey in cultures. It is impossible know exactly how long humans have been collecting and eating honey because even the earliest historical records indicate that we have known of the power of the bee and the uses of the honey.
Cave paintings supposed to have been done in or around 7000 BC shows that people were harvesting honey even then. Honey bees date back even further than that record by centuries. Fossils show proof that bees were pollinating and producing honey over 150 million years ago, which leads us to believe that the first people may have made use of honey.
Honey is still one of the most essential components in a great deal of cooking and baking, it’s relative health properties and the resurgence in interest in holistic medicine and healing is also helpful to the honey industry.
Unfortunately, the majority of the honey found in our supermarkets today has been heavily processed. Many unscrupulous commercial honey producers chemically refine, blend and heat their honey which can all eradicate the many health benefits honey has to offer. That is the reason why raw honey is not like most honey, it is exceptional in that it has the same qualities it had when it was in the bee hive.
Raw honey has antiseptic and antibacterial properties is full of vitamins, minerals, bee propolis, royal jelly, wax and pollen. The vitamins that are found in honey include B6, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, and some amino acids. There are also several minerals including copper, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, and zinc.
When you consume raw honey you give your body a dose of vitamins, amino acids and minerals as well as a burst of energy. Raw honey can increase your energy, strength as well as your endurance and is also been known to lessen muscle fatigue.
Raw wildflower honey is often used by pollen allergy sufferers to lessen their sensitivity to pollen by eating 1 to 2 tsp. of it each day. The idea is, that by introducing small amounts of pollen into their system by eating raw honey, a tolerance to pollen allergens is built up.
Today, many people only perceive honey as the little plastic bear kept the kitchen cupboard but it is so much more. Make it part of your daily routine to include raw honey in your diet or as a substitution for sugar. No matter how you consume raw honey, you will harvest the benefits of this really marvelous contribution from our friends the bees.