Raw honey benefits. If you’re interested in trying raw honey, buy it from a
trusted local producer. Here are some health benefits raw honey has to offer:
1. A good source of antioxidants
Raw honey contains an array of plant chemicals that act as an antioxidant.
Some types of honey have as many antioxidants as fruits and vegetables.
Antioxidants help to protect your body from cell damage due to free radicals.
Free radicals contribute to the aging process and may also contribute to the
development of chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Research
shows that antioxidant compounds in honey called polyphenols may play a
role in preventing heart disease.
2. Antibacterial and antifungal properties
Research has shown that raw honey can kill unwanted bacteria and fungus. It
naturally contains hydrogen peroxide, an antiseptic. Its effectiveness as an
antibacterial or antifungal varies depending on the honey, but it’s clearly more
than a folk remedy for these kinds of infections.
3. Heal wounds
Some raw honey is used in medical settings to treat wounds because it’s been
found to be an effective germ killer and also aids in tissue regeneration.
Studies show that some raw honey can boost healing time and reduce
infection. Keep in mind that the honey used in hospital settings is medical
grade, meaning it’s inspected and sterile. It’s not a good idea to treat cuts with
honey you buy from a store.
4. Phytonutrient powerhouse
Phytonutrients are compounds found in plants that help protect the plant from
harm. For example, some keep insects away or shield the plant from
The phytonutrients in honey are responsible for its antioxidant properties, as
well as its antibacterial and antifungal power. They’re also thought to be the
reason raw honey has shown immune-boosting and anticancer benefits.
Heavy processing destroys these valuable nutrients.
5. Help for digestive issues
Honey is sometimes used to treat digestive issues such as diarrhea, though
there isn’t much research to show that it works. It’s proven to be effective as a
treatment for Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacteria, though, a common cause
of stomach ulcers.
6. Soothe a sore throat
Have a cold? Try a spoonful of honey. Honey is an old sore throat remedy.
Add it to hot tea with lemon when a cold virus hits you.
It also works as a cough suppressant. Research has suggested that honey is
an effective cure for a sore throat. Just take one or two teaspoonful’s, straight
and notice the difference.