Raw honey is another food on the long list of raw foods that has been proven to be better for you than what is typically available in the grocery store. We have known for years that when you boil vegetables that they lose some of their nutritional value. The same is true for honey. Honey contains tons of vitamins and minerals as well as several byproducts including, bee propolis, royal jelly, bee pollen and wax. Honey also has the distinction of having antiseptic and antibacterial qualities innate in them. When it is heated and strained, (as most honeys are at your local markets) you lose not only those added nutrients but also the antibiotic characteristics. Basically it is stripped of much of the healthy benefits that give it it’s wonderful reputation.
The vitamins that are found in honey include B6, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, and some amino acids. There are also several minerals including copper, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, and zinc.
When you consume raw honey vs. strained, heated or blended honey, you give your body a shot of all of these great vitamins and minerals as well as a quick jolt of energy. Raw honey has carbs that can increase energy and strength as well as increase your endurance. It is also been known to reduce muscle fatigue. Honey is the oldest most natural energy drink on the planet and it’s good for you too!
So what is so special about raw honey. It is the world’s oldest super food that not only can provide you with tons on health benefits, too many to mention here, and it tastes good too. Make it a habit to spread some honey on your morning toast, use it in your tea or even substitute it for sugar. However you choose to incorporate honey in your life you will reap the benefits of this truly splendid gift from our friendly neighborhood bees, just make sure it’s raw honey.