Most commercial honey is heavily processed by heating the honey and reducing many of the healthy enzymes, vitamins and minerals.
To get the most health benefits from honey, look for organic, unrefined raw honey. This is honey that is in it’s purest form and can be used as a natural sweetener, a spread, and in smoothies and recipes in place of sugar.
Benefits of honey:
Great source of energy: Honey is a great all natural pre-workout and post workout food to boost energy levels and performance. It averages about 17 grams of carbohydrates per tablespoon and is a great spread mixed with nut butter to top on a banana or to add in yogurt, oatmeal or smoothies.
Helps alleviate insomnia: Some researchers suggest taking a tablespoon of honey before bedtime will help stabilize blood sugar levels and help you to get a more restful night of sleep. Thedailyhealthpost.com reports: According to Dr. Ron Fessenden, who researched claims that honey improves sleep quality on his blog, raw honey contains “an ideal ratio of fructose to glucose,” to support the liver, an organ that works non-stop, during the sleeping process
May help soothe seasonal allergies: Some experts believe that traces of flower pollen in honey can help combat seasonal allergy symptoms. Per MNN.com Many people swear by honey’s ability to lessen symptoms of seasonal allergy. As honey has anti-inflammatory effects and is known to soothe coughs.
Boosts memory: Per medicaldaily.com “The sweet nectar is loaded in antioxidants that may help prevent cellular damage and loss within the brain. A 2011 study published in Menopause found a daily spoonful of Malaysian honey may boost postmenopausal women’s memory, which can provide an alternative therapy for the hormone-related intellectual decline”.
Nutritional benefits: Raw honey is rich in antioxidants that help to fight free radicals that can lead to disease.
Per livestrong.comRaw honey is rich in vitamins and minerals. Vitamin B6, thiamine, niacin, riboflavin and pantothenic acid are common vitamins found in raw honey, although amounts vary depending on the floral source of the honey. Calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc are abundant minerals in raw honey.
Now go experiment with honey and all it’s health benefits. Try it in your morning oatmeal, topped on your greek yogurt or in this green detox smoothie.