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Raw honey is the concentrated nectar of flowers that comes straight from the extractor; and is the only unheated, pure, unpasteurized, unprocessed honey. The medicinal quality, taste, texture, color, aroma of honey differs according to the geographical area and species of plants from which it has been collected.
Honey’s nutritional profile is primarily carbohydrates, water, vitamins and minerals. These vitamins and minerals include: niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and minerals such as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.
The following lists some of the health benefits of raw honey (natural sugar):
•Excellent source of antioxidants. Flavinoid pinocembrin is unique to honey, which optimizes health benefits; whereas, pinostrobin supports and promotes healthy enzyme activity.
•Propolis is a gummy substance full of enzymes, created by bees when they add their own proteins with tree sap and other plant resins.
•In sports and endurance, honey can provide 17 grams of carbohydrates per tablespoon, and can be an inexpensive alternative to commercial sports gels.
•Supports "good bacteria" like Bifidobacteria in the gastrointestinal tract, which is essential for efficient digestion and good health. Honey contains pre/pro biotics that help the growth and activity of Bifidobacteria because it is an alkaline-forming food, and is similar to ingredients found in fruits. It doesn’t ferment in the stomach and it can be used to counteract indigestion.
•Raw honey has inherent anti-fungal properties, can treat allergies by promoting a strong immune system, and has powerful anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties.
•Aging is the slow depletion of enzymes from the body, and raw honey is one of the few foods that can be ingested to get a surplus of amalase. Amlase is the enzyme that breaks down sugars and carbohydrates. It can restore damaged skin to give softer, younger look.
Healers from all over the world (Southeast Asia, Americas, Europe, and China) have used honey for centuries for many healing procedures: the eyes and eye sight, to increase libido and fertility, thirst, dissolving Kapha, reducing the effects of poison, stopping hiccups, cleansing wounds, healing and sealing wounds, aid the quick healing of deep wounds, initiating the growth of healthy granulation tissue, and treating insomnia. It is known that fresh collected honey can help increase body weight and is a mild laxative, while stored honey can be used to help metabolize fat and scrape Kapha.