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10 Health Benefits of Raw Honey

Honey has been a staple in many cultures throughout the years. Its health benefits have earned it a place among traditional medicines and today, research is proving that it can hold its own when it comes to modern medicine as well.

cc licensed flickr photo by    Vicky Brock

cc licensed flickr photo by Vicky Brock

What is Raw Unpasteurized Honey?

Raw Unpasteurized honey has not been heated, or processed in any way, although it undergoes a straining process to remove debris before being sold. This is beneficial because there is no enzyme or nutrient degradation. This ensures that you receive the most out of your honey.

Not only is the honey sold at The Granary raw and unpasteurized, it is local as well. You can enjoy your honey, and its health benefits knowing that you’re supporting local farmers. We sell it in bulk, so feel free to bring in your own jar for us to refill.

10 Health Benefits of Raw Honey

  1. Source of Vitamins and Minerals – There are a variety of vitamins and minerals in honey. Interestingly enough, the type of vitamins and minerals and their quantity depends on the type of flowers the pollen was harvested from. The most common components are Vitamin C, calcium and iron.
  2. Healthier Natural Sweetener – Because raw honey has not been processed, as white sugar is, it contains enzymes that have been filtered out of traditional sweeteners. Honey is also much sweeter than table sugar, which means you can use less of it.
  3. Low on the Glycemic Index – Raw honey has a GI score of anywhere from 35 to 48, which is much lower than table sugar. This means that the bonds, which provide energy when broken, are broken slower, providing energy over a longer period of time.
  4. Weight Loss – There are numerous recipes meant for weight loss that include raw honey, such as the very popular cinnamon, honey mix. When raw honey is consumed with warm water, it helps in digesting the fat stored in your body.
  5. Improves Athletic Performance – Honey may be valuable in boosting the performance of athletes. It’s a great way to maintain blood sugar levels, promotes muscle recuperation and glycogen restoration after a workout.
  6. Antibacterial and Antifungal Properties – Honey is often used as a natural antiseptic in traditional medicines, thanks to these properties.
  7. Antioxidants – Nutraceuticals, which are effective for the removal of free radicals from the body, are present in raw honey. Thanks to this, the body’s immune system is improved. It may even prevent cancer and heart disease.
  8. Treats Wounds – Honey is effective in treating skin rashes, burns and abrasions, thanks to its ability to reduce inflammation, kill bacteria and germs and provide a protective barrier. It may be covered with a bandage or sprinkled with cornstarch to reduce stickiness.
  9. Powerful Moisturizer – Honey can be applied directly to the skin and washed off with cold or warm water to leave skin as soft as a baby.
  10. Treats Colds and Coughs – Honey is capable of coating the throat to prevent pain associated with coughs and colds. The antibiotic properties are especially helpful in relieving irritation.

 

Source

Organic Facts. “Health Benefits of Honey.” n.d. organicfacts.net. Online. 5 May 2015.

Trivia Tuesday: 15 Benefits of Wheatgrass Juice

Also known as “liquid gold,” this juice contains all minerals known to man, and vitamins A, B-complex, C, E and K. It is extremely rich in protein, and contains 17 amino acids, the building blocks of protein. What juice are we talking about?

a)Beetroot Juice

b)Wheatgrass Juice

c) Carrot Juice

d) Tomato Juice

The answer is b) Wheatgrass Juice!

If you’re not familiar with Wheatgrass Juice, read on. It’s one of the best sources of chlorophyll available. Wheatgrass juice can be found powdered, in a concentrated juice form or you can even grow it yourself, and despite it’s name, it contains absolutley no wheat! Its high chlorophyll and nurtient content gives this juice some super health benefits. Even if the thought of green juices make you shudder, these 15 of benefits of wheatgrass juice may change your mind.

15 Benefits of Wheatgrass Juice

1) As we mentioned above, wheatgrass juice contains all minerals known to man

2) Enzymes and other compounds found in chlorophyll help slow down the process of aging by decompsing superoxide radicals into more manegeable forms

3) Because chlorophyll is the first product of light, foods high in chlorophyll like wheatgrass juice, contain more light energy than other foods

4) Wheatgrass juice is well absorbed by the body, and has never been found to produce any toxic side effects

5) Chlorophyll has been found to stop the growth and development of unfriendly bacteria

6) Chlorophyll is an antibacterial and can be used internally and externally. Wheatgrass ointments have a soothing effect and are suitable for treating dry, itchy skin

7) Chlorophyll may be useful in clearing sinuses, congestion and head colds

8) Chlorophyll neutralizes toxins from the body and purifies the liver. It’s a more powerful detoxifying agent than other fruit and vegetable juices

9) Chlorophyll stabalizes and improves blood sugar levels

10) Along with an improved diet, wheatgrass juice can cure acne and help to remove scars after being ingested regularly for about eight months

11) Wheatgrass is great for dental health. When ingested regularly it can help prevent tooth decay. When held in the mouth for 5 minutes it can help eliminate toothaches while pulling toxins from the gums

12) Wheatgrass juice can be gargled to help a sore throat

13) Wheatgrass is easy to digest and improves overall digestion

14) Eliminate dandruff with wheatgrass by massaging 6 ounces into the scalp and cover with a shower cap for 15 minutes

15) Wheatgrass juice can reduce high blood pressure and enhances the capillaries

So, will you try wheatgrass juice?

Source:  Hall, S. (2013, May 13). 50 Reasons To Drink Wheatgrass Everyday. Retrieved April 14, 2015, from http://thechalkboardmag.com/50-reasons-to-drink-wheatgrass-everyday