7 Reasons You Need to Add Raw Honey to Your Diet
What is raw honey? Raw honey comes straight from the beehives to the jar. The beekeeper extracts the honey from the honeycombs and pours it over a mesh in order to separate it from beeswax and dead bees. After being strained, the honey is then bottled up and sold.
There are numerous health benefits of raw honey which makes it a far better choice than other types of honey commonly found in grocery stores.
1. It's a Natural Energy Booster
Raw honey contains fructose and glucose, both natural sugars that give us the energy we need to function in everyday living. Glucose is absorbed into the body quickly, however fructose absorbs much more slowly, which prevents fatigue during intense exercise.
2. May Help Preserve Muscle Mass
Raw honey "contains trace amounts of about 18 different amino acids," says Mr. Todd Lowen, member of the legislative Assembly of Alberta. Amino acids are monomers that make up proteins and "protein is essential for the structure, function and regulation of the body's tissues and organs," says Laura from Healthy With Honey. Protein is also the building blocks of our immune system. It aids in the healing and strengthening of muscles following an intense workout and helps preserve muscle mass.
Traces of amino acids found in raw honey may seem too little to amount to anything, but every little bit adds up. The fact that raw honey contains so many amino acids proves that, if eaten in moderation, it may in fact help in the preservation of muscle mass.
3. Helps With Weight Loss
Aashna Ahuja from NDTV Food claims that raw honey, if mixed with warm water and lime, may help reduce the appearance of cellulite. Additionally, a study published in a 2010 edition of the Journal of American College of Nutrition proves that honey helps suppress your appetite. That's because there are essential hormones found in honey that boost metabolism. It's probably most effective if you consume it before you go to bed at night because it will help you burn off calories in the early hours of your sleep.
In fact, raw honey combined with cinnamon water may help reduce belly fat. Cinnamon also contains metabolism boosting properties in it and it targets visceral fat (that fat that accumulates around your belly) which supports weight loss.
Raw honey additionally helps with weight loss because it reduces sugar cravings. Honey is sweet enough already, so why reach for more sweets? However, keep in mind one thing: Raw honey and cinnamon water may contribute to your weight loss goals, but they alone won't get rid of your cellulite and they should not supplant exercise and other nutrition-rich foods.
4. Contains Antioxidants For Improved Health
Raw honey is "rich in both enzymatic and non-enzymatic antioxidants," says Mr. Todd Lowen. These antioxidants provide a whole host of health benefits.
They prevent heart disease
Help lower the bad LDL cholesterol and raise the good HDL cholesterol
Improves the digestive system by aiding in the removal of toxins from the body
Boosts your immune system
May help lower elevated blood pressure
Reduces elevated Triglyceride levels (aka a type of fat found in your blood)
5. Improves Sleep
A cup of hot milk or camomile tea with a teaspoon of raw honey mixed in consumed at night may actually help you sleep better. That is because "honey releases serotonin", explains Dr. Manoj K. Ahuja on NDTV Food. "The body then converts the serotonin into melatonin, a chemical compound that regulates the length and quality of sleep."
6. Treats Wounds and Burns
Raw honey has been used to treat wounds and burns since the ancient times and it is still used as a treatment to this day. It contains antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that prevent the growth and spread of bacteria as well as reduce pain, swelling, and scarring of the tissue. According to an article published on PubMed, Manuka honey is considered as the most effective treatment for burns.
7. Cures a Persistent Cough
Raw honey contains anti-microbial properties which kills bacteria in certain areas of the body, particularly in the throat. According to a 2012 study published in the Journal Pediatrics, just two teaspoons of honey can help cure a persistent cough (Aashna Ahuja, NDTV).
So, yes raw honey has many health benefits that, when consumed in moderation, will help you feel healthier and more energetic. It's a must have commodity in your kitchen!
Aashna Ahuja "11 Amazing Benefits of Honey for Weight Loss, Hair and Skin" Published on NDTV Food 4 June 2018 (https://food.ndtv.com/health/11-amazing-honey-benefits-boosts-immunity-treats-cough-and-more-1397491) Accessed 28 March 2020
Doctor NDTV "Trying to Lose Weight? Have This Concoction Daily For Quick Results" Published on NDTV 8 August 2018 (https://www.ndtv.com/health/weight-loss-honey-and-cinnamon-water-to-lose-weight-1897099) Accessed 28 March 2020
Kris Gunnars "10 Surprising Health Benefits of Honey" Published on Healthline.com 5 September 2018 (https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-benefits-of-honey) Accessed 28 March 2020
Laura "Proteins in Honey" Published on Healthy With Honey 18 April 2017 (https://healthywithhoney.com/proteins-in-honey/) Accessed 28 March 2020
Todd Lowen, Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta