Saturday, February 1, 2014

Benefits of Local Honey


Health Benefits

1. Prevent cancer and heart disease:
Honey contains flavonoids, antioxidants which help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease.

2. Reduce ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders.
Recent research shows that honey treatment may help disorders such as ulcers and bacterial gastroenteritis. This may be related to the 3rd benefit…

3. Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal:
“All honey is antibacterial, because the bees add an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide,” said Peter Molan, director of the Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato in New Zealand.

4. Increase athletic performance.
Ancient Olympic athletes would eat honey and dried figs to enhance their performance. This has now been verified with modern studies, showing that it is superior in maintaining glycogen levels and improving recovery time than other sweeteners.

5. Reduce cough and throat irritation:
Honey helps with coughs, particularly buckwheat honey. In a study of 110 children, a single dose of buckwheat honey was just as effective as a single dose of dextromethorphan in relieving nocturnal cough and allowing proper sleep.

6. Balance the 5 elements: 
Honey has been used in ayurvedic medicine in India for at least 4000 years and is considered to affect all three of the body’s primitive material imbalances positively. It is also said to be useful useful in improving eyesight, weight loss,  urinary tract disorders, bronchial asthma, diarrhea, and nausea.

Honey is referred as “Yogavahi” since it has a quality of penetrating the deepest tissues of the body. When honey is used with other herbal preparations, it enhances the medicinal qualities of those preparations and also helps them to reach the deeper tissues.

7. Blood sugar regulation:
Even though honey contains simple sugars, it is NOT the same as white sugar or artificial sweeteners. Its exact combination of fructose and glucose actually helps the body regulate blood sugar levels. Some honeys have a low hypoglycemic index, so they don’t jolt your blood sugar. 

8. Heal wounds and burns:
External application of honey has been shown to be as effective as conventional treatment with silver sulfadiazene. It is speculated that the drying effect of the simple sugars and honey’s anti-bacterial nature combine to create this effect.

9. Probiotic:
Some varieties of honey possess large amounts of friendly bacteria. This includes up to 6 species of lactobacilli and 4 species of bifidobacteria. This may explain many of the “mysterious therapeutic properties of honey.”

10. Allergy Protection:Honey made by bees in the vicinity of the allergenic plant will contain tiny amounts of pollen from that plant. This honey will act as a sort of vaccine if taken in small amounts--a few teaspoons per day--for several months, and can provide relief from seasonal pollen-related allergies. 
11. Digestive Aid
In its natural, raw state, honey contains many enzymes that can help some people digest food more easily so it may also help treat ulcers and diarrhea.
12. Vitamins and Minerals
The nutrient content of raw honey varies, but a 1-ounce serving contains very small amounts of folate as well as vitamins B2, C, B6, B5 and B3. Minerals including calcium, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, selenium, sodium and zinc can also be found in raw honey in small amounts




Types of Honey (most popular)
Different honeys have different flavonoid profiles, depending on the floral source of the nectar.
  • Alfalfa
  • Blueberry
  • Buckwheat
  • Clover
  • Manuka
  • Orange Blossom
  • Wildflower (this is our favorite!)

There are at least 40 types – each one has distinctive taste and unique properties.Darker honey tends to have higher antioxidant levels.
Monofloral honey (honey from a single plant species) usually has the lowest glycemic index (GI). For example, locust honey from the Black Locust tree has a GI of 32. Clover honey, which is used commercially, has the highest glycemic index at 69.
The benefits of honey are great, however I must disclose that most researchers believe that the listed benefits are greater when we consume local, unpasteurized (raw, unprocessed) honey.

Why Local?
Local raw honey contains pollen that is specific to your area and therefore can really help those local seasonal allergies. 

Why Raw?
Raw honey is different from the average honey bought at the grocery store.  In fact, using the pasteurized honey from the average store is as unhealthy as consuming refined sugar.   Raw honey is different because it has not been pasteurized, heated or processed in any way, and therefore contains many valuable benefits.


My Local Honey? (the food, not Lyle! lol)
At a local farmers market, I met Lyle our Local Honey man. He offers different varieties through out the year. He has several hives strategically situated on his land where the honey bees will use certain types of plants/flowers when making honey.
(I'm sure there are very technical terms for this process, but I am keeping it simple because I have no ideas what those technical terms are...lol!)


Here is Lyle Bradford over at Keep em Buzzin'
Lyle can be found at the local farmers market in Waldorf near the the new library.
He happily serves the Southern Maryland region. To learn more about Lyle or to place your order contact:
Keep 'em Buzzin Apiaries & Honey Bee Farm
Lyle Bradford (owner)

For my local Southern Maryland Friends, 
be sure to contact Lyle to get your liquid gold (honey!)


(he takes his honey seriously!)

Have a sweet day!


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