When we talk about the health benefits of honey, we are specifically talking about raw honey benefits. The perfectly clear honey that most grocery stores carry has been highly processed. Unfortunately, when honey is processed, it becomes nutritionally depleted. In fact, processed honey is no more nutritional than ordinary table sugar!
Processed honey has been heated to very high temperatures, past the point of pasteurization, around 158 degrees Fahrenheit (70 degrees Celsius). This temperature kills most of the bacteria and fungi that naturally occurs in the honey. This prolongs the shelf life of honey by many months which converts honey into a more profitable product for food manufacturers. Heating honey to high temperatures also makes it a thinner fluid so it can be filtered through a very fine mesh to fully remove the particulates which some consider to be more aesthetically pleasing. Again, this is more profitable (or so they think). Thinner liquids can also be poured more easily into containers.
With the above information in mind, let’s discuss three amazing raw honey benefits:
1. Raw Honey Contains Pollen
Bee pollen is so nutritious it is considered a superfood. It contains almost all the nutrients required by humans to survive. It is 40 percent protein and contains more essential amino acids ounce for ounce than beef or chicken. Furthermore, pollen protein is in the form of free amino acids which can be immediately utilized by the body, unlike having to wait for hours for your digestive system to break down the amino acids in meat and most vegetable proteins.
Bee pollen is so full of vitamins it is like taking a natural multi-vitamin, which is far more healthy than taking a synthetic form of multi-vitamin (most bottles of vitamins sold in drug stores). It should be specially noted that bee pollen is high in vitamin D, which is quite difficult to find in other foods, unless it has been “fortified” with synthetic vitamin D that does not confer the same health advantages natural vitamin D. Bee pollen is also a very effective natural allergy remedy and it is highly anti-inflammatory.
Bee pollen is filtered out of processed honey so you will not get these benefits if you buy filtered honey!
2. Raw Honey Contains Propolis
Propolis, also called bee glue, has been highly prized for its medicinal value going back for thousands of years. To look at propolis, you’d probably never guess it is such an amazing natural healer because it looks like an amorphous mass of “gunk.” It is thought to have at least four hundred chemicals of medicinal importance. Scientists are only beginning to discover all the health values that propolis bestows, and the more they study it, the more they find!
Propolis is known to contain the most powerful natural antibiotics known! In fact, these antibiotics are so powerful, they have been proven to effectively kill MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) infections that very few synthetic antibiotics are able to kill. In this regard, Propolis holds great promise. Propolis is also being fervently studied for its anti-cancer properties. For example, it has also been shown to prevent the new formation of new blood vessels around cancerous tumors, thereby preventing them from metastasizing (spreading). Bee glue is filtered out of processed honey so you will not get these benefits if you buy processed honey!
3. Raw Honey Contains Far More Micronutrients
Suspended in the matrix that is honey is a wide host of micronutrients treasured by natural health experts. These include trace minerals that are difficult to find anywhere else, a variety of antioxidants, living enzymes, and every form of natural vitamin that is easily absorbed by the body.
Pasteurizing honey denatures the vast majority of the micronutrients raw honey contains, rendering them useless to the human body. In fact, denatured micronutrients can sometimes actually be harmful to the body. Thus, this is another major advantage of eating raw honey over processed honey.
There’s one more important thing you should know about raw honey benefits. Scientists have tried for years to artificially synthesize “raw honey” in the lab. However, they haven’t even come close. This is a superfood that only Mother Nature can produce and the only source is raw honey!