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The Benefits of Raw Honey

| Ivana Mikheil

Honey has been used for centuries for its variety of health benefits and medicinal properties. However, the several ways in which honey boosts health are exclusive to raw, unpasteurized honey. This means that the honey has not been subject to high heat or filtration that removes some of these properties. It’s also important to look out for honey with other sugars and/or syrups that are added for the cost benefit of the manufacturer. Our raw honey comes right out of the hive, with some straining to remove any wax or leftover organic matter.

One major health benefit of raw honey is due to its high amount of antioxidants. Antioxidants, of course, are good because they can decrease your risk of cancer and other diseases. Plus, honey also has antibacterial and moisturizing properties. So, not only is raw honey a delicious and healthier sweetener, but it can also be used in many other ways. Haircare, skincare, sore throats, and wound healing, to list a few.

It also contains some vitamins and minerals. Although the exact nutritional value will vary from jar to jar, honey has traces of B vitamins and can be a source of potassium, magnesium, and iron. If you or anyone you know struggles with low iron or anemia, studies have found that honey may be beneficial. Because honey is higher in fructose than glucose, it also makes for a sweeter – sweetener. You’re going to need less of it in general to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Lastly, honey is a great sleep aid. Evidence supports that this happens for a couple of reasons. The first is that raw honey is quickly digestible and capable of being utilized in metabolism as an energy source. The second is that honey may promote the hormone melatonin. This helps to initiate sleep and encourage hormones that facilitate body recovery during sleep. A spoonful of honey right before bed might be the answer to your fatigue.  

The bottom line is that honey is versatile and can have positive impacts in various parts of your life. If you’re a honey lover already – great! If you don’t like honey so much, try experimenting with different flavours to cash in on these benefits. Summer, spring, and fall honey all have different tastes, so be sure to try them all before ruling it out.