When you’re browsing the shelves at the supermarket, you likely see dozens of honey varieties. When your gaze falls to the raw honey, you might wonder if it’s a good or bad thing. Raw sounds a bit scary, especially with all the warnings you see about consuming undercooked foods. The truth is far from it. To learn the benefits of raw honey, read on!
Jake’s Bee Co. is a family-owned company in Visalia, California. Our 1,200 beehives throughout central California ensure that our residents get the purest local honey, and that those who want the raw, unfiltered product throughout the country can take comfort in buying the best possible goods. We carry a selection of fresh, seasonal items in single and gift packs, as well as a beeswax lip balm that will make you redefine what soft really means. Shop our selection today!
What is Raw Honey?
Let’s begin by defining what it is! Raw honey hasn’t been heated past 118 degrees, pasteurized, or processed. This treatment preserves the healthy polyphenols, which are powerful antioxidants, as well as the vitamins, phytonutrients, and enzymes. You can contact your local beekeeper to inquire about their processing practices if you’re unsure of how their products are treated.
These two substances found in raw honey are packed with an incredible amount of beneficial nutrients, which are left intact when the honey isn’t pasteurized or processed. Pollen and propolis boost the immune system, building immunity to local allergens, and can have the ability to improve cardiovascular health (great news for allergy sufferers!). We don’t recommend pure honey to those who are allergic to pollen unless they have received clearance from their allergist first. Babies, pregnant women, and nursing mothers should also avoid it because it contains botulism and can have serious health consequences.
Bifidobacteria is a type of bacteria involved in aiding digestion, as well as boosting immunity. It serves as a probiotic, which can improve digestion and help with upset stomach symptoms. Raw honey, unlike its processed counterpart, increases the production of bifidobacteria in the intestines. Its anti-inflammatory properties will further boost immunity, especially when the local pollen count is raised.
Antibacterial and Anti-inflammatory Properties
You might have heard that mixing honey with your tea while you’re suffering from a cold will help. This is partially true. A clinical trial conducted by Penn State University compared dextromethorphan (a common ingredient found in cough syrup) to pure honey and a placebo. In the past, cough syrup was found to be no more effective than a placebo in a trial, so the intent was to study the effects of honey versus cough syrup. The study determined that honey was not only more effective than cough syrup, but that it also aided in sleep, which is a critical component to healing. Important to note, however, is that the honey can’t be mixed with tea or anything else. It must be taken by itself! You can read the full details of that study here: https://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT00127686.
No Extra Ingredients
Processed honey has properties that can actually be detrimental to your health, depending on the manufacturer’s methods. Some have been found to contain high fructose corn syrup, which has the ability to cause obesity, diabetes, hypertension, liver damage, and high cholesterol, among other conditions. It doesn’t contain the beneficial pollen or propolis, either. While it might have a good flavor, the differences between processed honey and pure honey are important to be aware of!
For the best pure honey, shop with Jake’s Bee Co. today!