7 Benefits of Raw Honey
1. Rich in Vitamins and Minerals
Depending on the origin of the honey, its nutritional content will vary. However, in general, raw honey is highly nutritious and contains small amounts of vitamins and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, riboflavin, zinc, amino acids, and enzymes. Here's some data on what a typical teaspoon of honey contains, by FoodData Central.
2. Rich with Antioxidants
Raw honey carries a multitude of naturally occurring plant chemicals that act as antioxidants. Depending on the variant of the raw honey, it may be as rich with antioxidants as some fruits or vegetables. Research shows that polyphenols in honey have anti-inflammatory properties that can help protect against conditions related to oxidative stress.
3. Has Microbial Properties for Healing Wounds
There are studies that found that the antimicrobial properties present in honey are suitable and can potentially be used for wound healing. However, it is important to note that the honey used for testing in research is usually sterile and medical grade honey. Before attempting to apply honey to an open wound, especially deep cuts, it’s best to consult your local doctor.
4. Has Antibacterial, Antifungal, and Anti-inflammatory Properties
As mentioned earlier, polyphenols display anti-inflammatory capabilities, and research also shows that propolis in raw honey displays antifungal and antibacterial properties. Raw honey has shown positive results when used as both internal and external antifungal or antibacterial treatments, and the level of effectiveness varies by the type of honey.
5. Aids with Digestion
Honey is occasionally recommended by doctors to treat or reduce the symptoms of diarrhea. Besides that, raw honey also contains probiotics that help to nourish the existing bacteria in our intestines.
6. Aids with Sore Throat and Cough
This is probably one of the most popular “old school” treatments passed down through generations. We’ve heard many times that honey mixed with hot lemon or tea or both aids with reducing cough and soothing sore throats. Does it really help? Very recently there was a study about how honey helps soothe throat infections, and more research is being done on the benefits of honey with regard to the respiratory tract. Regardless, it’s always best to consult your doctor before trying any alternative remedies.
7. Benefits for the Brain
Studies show that the polyphenols in honey may have the capability to reduce inflammation in the hippocampus, and subsequently help with memory.
All in all, honey has an array of benefits for overall health, which is why it is deemed a superfood. Before making your next purchase of honey, do some research on the types of honey and what benefits you are looking for in honey.