Pure Raw Honey has not been heated, pasteurized or processed in any way, and this fact makes a huge difference. Raw honey contains the vitamins, enzymes, antioxidants and other natural nutrients that make it such a wonderfully healing food, but pasteurized honey, on the other hand, has been stripped of these beneficial properties because it has been heated, making it just as unhealthy as refined sugar. While pasteurized honey looks clear and syrupy, raw honey is more solid and opaque, often containing small pieces of beeswax and pollen.
Pure raw honey is a far healthier choice for a diabetic person than table sugar or non-nutritive sugar substitutes. Honey requires lower levels of insulin and has a lower glycemic index than sugar. It does not raise blood sugar levels as rapidly as table sugar.
Honey is actually a powerful antiseptic.
Pure raw honey has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. It promotes body and digestive health, is a powerful antioxidant, strengthens the immune system, eliminates allergies, and is an excellent remedy for skin wounds and all types of infections. Raw honey’s benefits don’t stop there. Raw honey can also stabilize blood pressure, balance sugar levels, relieve pain, calm nerves, and it has been used to treat ulcers. Raw honey is also an expectorant and anti-inflammatory and has been known to effectively treat respiratory conditions such as bronchitis and asthma.
Raw honey purchased from a local source is an excellent way of treating seasonal allergies. Local honey is preferred for treating allergies because the likelihood is great that it will contain small amounts of the specific pollens an individual may be allergic to.
Pure raw honey is primarily a saturated mixture of two monosaccharides. This mixture has a low water activity; most of the water molecules are associated with the sugars and few remain available for microorganisms, so it is a poor environment for their growth.
Honey is also exceptionally effective for respiratory ailments. One Bulgarian study of almost 18,000 patients found that it improved chronic bronchitis, asthmatic bronchitis, chronic and allergic rhinitis and sinusitis. It’s an effective treatment for colds, flu, respiratory infections and a generally depressed immune system. Whereas sugar shuts down the immune system, a good quality honey will stimulate it into action.
Pure Raw Honey is a natural remedy for the symptoms of nasal congestion, sore throat, and flu. Whenever I have a soar throat, I take a spoonful of honey, or gargle with a mixture of two tablespoons of honey, four tablespoons of cider vinegar, and a pinch of salt. Honey coats the throat, instantly making it feel better. Opera singers use pure honey to soothe their throats before performances.