The Benefits of Raw Honey

Honey

Honey has been used for centuries, not only for its sweetness but for its many healing properties. Raw honey contains natural antioxidants, flavonoids, enzymes, minerals (iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, magnesium, etc.) and vitamins (B6, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and niacin). One tablespoon of raw honey has about 64 calories, but it has a healthy glycemic index – about less than consuming one banana. When consuming honey as a sweetener, it does not cause an elevation of insulin as white sugar does. Yet, Americans typically consume 1 lb. of honey in comparison to the unhealthy 150+lbs. of refined sugar and 62 lbs. of high fructose corn syrup.

As with most items today that are mass produced for profits and a long shelf-life, we have to be careful when choosing our bottled honey. Commercial honey is often heavily processed, chemically refined and pasteurized (this excessive heat destroys the natural enzymes, vitamins, and minerals in honey). Filtering and processing eliminates many of the beneficial phytonutrients including pollen and enzyme-rich propolis. The best way to achieve sparkling clear honey is by heat, so avoid the golden syrup-like honey in favor of opaque organic raw honey.

Research at the Texas A&M University’s Palynology Research Laboratory tested 60 honey products from supermarkets and found that 76% contained no trace of pollen (helps treat seasonal allergies). ‘Raw’ honey has not been heated, pasteurized or processed in any way that could rob it of any of the vital and beneficial nutrients and vitamins. In fact, pasteurized honey is just as unhealthy as eating refined sugar.

Raw honey has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. It promotes digestive health as it promotes good bacteria in the intestines. It is a powerful antioxidant, strengthens the immune system, blocks free radicals, reduces levels of homocysteine (aid in heart health) and helps with seasonal allergies.  It is best to purchase local-grown honey as the pollen will contain elements that will help your body during allergy season.

Raw honey has been found to stabilize blood pressure, balance blood-sugar levels, relieve pain and ulcers. Raw honey is an expectorant and anti-inflammatory that has been effective in treating respiratory conditions such like bronchitis and asthma.

Raw honey’s antibiotic properties are effective in treating colds and sore throats. Raw honey coats the throat and reduces irritation.  I will mix the raw honey with a small amount of cayenne pepper and one clove of minced garlic that will adhere to the throat’s lining and help fight off the infection.

For blocked sinuses, mix a teaspoon of honey in a pot of hot water, place a towel over your head and just inhale the steam for sinus relief. To treat allergies, take a teaspoon of raw honey a couple of times a day starting a few months prior to the allergy season.

Raw honey is also used as a remedy for skin wounds and infections by being applied topically. Honey-infused bandages are shown to aid in healing. Peter Charles Molan at the University of Waikato, New Zealand found that honey reacts with the body’s fluids to make hydrogen peroxide, creating an inhospitable environment for bacteria.

Treatments also include skin burns, rashes, and abrasions. Raw honey when applied overnight is also an effective treatment for acne and blemishes with rapid results. In fact, if you wash your face with raw honey, you may just see it leave you with sparkling, clean and soft skin.

The Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine sums up the benefits of raw honey, when stating: “The therapeutic potential benefits of pure, raw honey is grossly underutilized”. Research studies also show that replacing sugar with honey resulted in less weight gain and lower blood sugar levels. Raw honey can also help you start the day with more energy or aid in as a pre-workout food as it provides a supply of energy.

Varieties of Raw Honey
There are many varieties of honey, some of which are used to treat specific health conditions:
Manuka – Strong anti-bacterial properties. Helps colds, sore throats, indigestion, stomach ulcers, and acne.
Acacia – Liver cleanse, promotes intestinal health and reduces inflammation in the respiratory tract.
Buckwheat or Red Gum – Strong Antioxidant properties.
Eucalyptus – Prevent colds and headaches.
Linden – Sedative and antiseptic properties. Helps anxiety, insomnia, colds, coughs, and bronchitis.
Neem – Helps high blood pressure, diabetes, skin conditions, periodontal infections, throat infections and allergies.

Learn more about any and all of these immune-boosting tools at our clinic, consultations and workshops.

 

Dr_Matthew_EisenWho is Dr. Matthew Eisen?

“Dr. Matt” as he is known to his patients, is in private practice, an author, nationally sought after speaker, visionary and health ambassador to the general public as he educates and empowers others about true health and well-being.  He runs a large multi-discplinary health clinic in Roswell, GA (just north of Atlanta) and has over 10 years of clinical experience.  You can reach him at drmattcares@gmail.com

Disclaimer: The entire contents of this email are based upon the opinions of the author, unless otherwise noted. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information presented is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician. The information here is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice.  © Copyright  Dr. Matthew Eisen.  All rights reserved.

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