Raw honey has been used as a folk remedy throughout history and has a variety of health benefits and medical uses.
✅ Source of antioxidants: May help protect your body from cell damage due to free radicals- which may contribute to aging process and development of chronic diseases such as cancer.
Research shows that antioxidant compounds (polyphenols) may play a role in preventing heart disease.
✅ Antibacterial and antifungal properties: Honey contains hydrogen peroxide, a natural antiseptic.
✅ Heal wounds: Manuka honey is used in medical settings to treat wounds. Studies have shown show that it can boost healing time and reduce infection.
✅ Help for digestive issues: Proven to be effective as a treatment for Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacteria- a common cause of stomach ulcers. It’s also a potent prebiotic, meaning it nourishes the good bacteria that live in the intestines.
✅ Soothes a sore throat: An old sore throat remedy, honey also works as a cough suppressant. Research has suggested that honey is as effective as dextromethorphan, a common ingredient in over-the-counter cough medication.
Are there any risks?
Caution should be taken particularly with babies as bacteria such as clostridium botulinum may be present in raw honey. Symptoms can include an initial short period of diarrhea and vomiting, followed by constipation and more severe symptoms, such as blurred vision and muscle weakness.