Honey: Raw Unfiltered Unprocessed
Not sure about ALL of this but there is clearly enough to make honey a serious personal study. To test it I ate a half pound in one day and a sugar source would normally make my feet itch like crazy (candida) and nothing happened. Here we go. Send me your personal experiences at firstname.lastname@example.org
Honey contains a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants. The vitamins found in honey include niacin, riboflavin and pantothenic acid; minerals present include calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. In addition honey contains a variety of flavonoids and phenolic acids which act as antioxidants, scavenging and eliminating free radicals.
University of Illinois food scientists have discovered that honey packs the same antioxidant punch as spinach and strawberries. "And that means substituting honey for sugar and other sweeteners is a delicious way to give yourself some fantastic health benefits," declares lead researcher Nicki Engeseth, Ph.D. Studies revealed that eating 2 - 4 Tbs. of honey daily can raise antioxidant levels in your bloodstream by almost 10%. How does this help your health? "The antioxidants stop cholesterol from sticking to blood vessel walls," explains Engeseth. "And that's essential for preventing the buildup of artery-clogging plaque." Other research shows the antioxidants may help your liver flush up to 84 percent of artery-clogging fats out of your system, enough to slash your heart attack and stroke risk by 20%.
Clinical studies have shown that honey enhances the growth of healthful bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract. The effect of honey was similar to that of commercial FOS, GOS and inulin. Sweeteners other than honey did not appear to have an effect on stimulating bifidobacteria growth.
1. Honey can enhance the growth of acid production of human Bifidobacterium ss. Journal of Food Protection. 2002; 65(1); 214-8
2. Honey enhances the production of lactic acid from Bifidobacteria, Journal of Food Science, 2001;66(3): 478-481
Doctors have used raw honey to treat seasonal allergies since it contains the pollen that causes 90% of the allergies in the first place. By eating a teaspoon daily the patient builds up an immunity. Dr. William Peterson, The Bee Hive Bible pp. 127-130
Honey Aids In Absorption of Calcium
A new study conducted at Purdue University showed that consuming honey along with supplemental calcium enhanced calcium absorption in rats. In addition, the absorption of calcium was increased as the amount of honey was increased. The study, led by Dr. Berdine Martin, was presented at the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology meeting, April 2-5, 2005 in San Diego, CA.
One of the key strategies for reducing the likelihood of developing low bone mass (and subsequent osteoporosis) is to consume the recommended amounts of calcium. It is also important that the calcium consumed be absorbed by the body. Dietary factors that have been shown to enhance the absorption of calcium include vitamin D and the sugars found in honey.
Speed Healing With Honey
The use of honey as a wound dressing goes back to ancient times and has now been "rediscovered' by modern medicine, according to Dr. Peter Molan of the University of Waikato, New Zealand. The antibacterial health benefits of raw unfiltered honey may help clear infection in wounds, and the anti-inflammatory action of honey may reduce pain and may improve circulation which hastens the healing process. According to Dr. Molan, "Honey stimulated the re-growth of tissue involved in healing, making healing faster and reducing scarring". The credit goes to honey's rich supply of natural antibiotics and enzymes.
In one study 87% of patients with honey coated burns healed completely within two weeks, compared to just 10% of those treated with a standard Rx, silver sulfadiazine. Follow up research showed the honey destroyed 100% of the bacteria that cause infections.
1. Honey in the Treatment of Wounds and Burns, American Journal of Dermatology, 2001,Vol. 2 No. 1, pp.13-19
2. Honey is Effective in the Treatment of Post Surgical Wounds, Acta Paediatr. 1998 Apr; 87(4); 429-32
3. Honey's Ability To Stimulate Inflammatory Cytokine Production From Monocytes May Help Explain Its Wound Healing Capacity, Cytokine. 2003 Mar 7; 21
Honey & Oral Health
Honey is known to possess a variety of antioxidants and antibacterial substances that have been shown to inhibit growth of a wide range of bacteria and fungi. The antimicrobial properties of honey may render it beneficial in the treatment of various oral ailments including periodontal disease and mouth ulcers.
1. Select Honeys Demonstrate Antimicrobial Activity Against Oral Pathogens, Journal of Dental Research, 2002; 80:349
2. Manuka Honey May Aid in the Treatment of Gingivitis, Journal of The International Academy of Periodontology. 2004 Apr; 6 920;63-7
3. The Potential of Honey To Promote Oral Wellness, General Dentistry, 2001, vol.49, No. 6, ppp.584-589.
Give Yourself an Energy Advantage
Feeling tired? Then make a beeline for honey. Researchers have found that eating 1 - 2 Tbs. of honey helps people exercise harder and longer--and keeps them from feeling sluggish afterward. In fact, "honey not only prevents fatigue during exercise, it helps you to stay energized for up to 2 hours afterward." Richard Kreider, Ph.D., head of exercise and sports nutrition at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
HINT: A Teaspoon of honey in your water bottle is a great substitute for sports drinks.
Honey in Beauty/Personal Care
Honey has been used in beauty regimens since the time of Cleopatra and is just as popular today. It's easy to see why. Honey is a natural humectant, which means it attracts and retains moisture. It is also an anti-irritant, making it suitable for sensitive-skin and baby products. Honey has no additives or preservatives, one of the few products that can be packed and sold straight from nature. It requires no processing or refining. Honey can be used as a facial moisturizer, body scrub, hair conditioner or just add it to your bath water.
Beekeeping's Benefit to Agriculture
Millions of acres of U.S. crops depend on insect pollination. An estimated 80% is accomplished by honeybees. Numerous crops are 90% dependent on honey bee pollination. Some of these include apples, cherries, avocados, blueberries, cranberries, melons, cucumbers and sunflowers. About one-third of our diet is derived from insect pollinated plants.
The almond crop is entirely dependent on honeybee pollination--without honeybees there would be no almonds. California is responsible for more than half of the world's production of almonds.
A Cornell University study determined that honeybee pollination is a major benefit to the price and supply of food for the United States. The 1999 study concluded that the direct value of the honeybee population annually to U.S. agriculture is $14.6 billion dollars.
Facts on honey and cinnamon:
It is found that a mixture of honey and cinnamon cures most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also accept honey as a "Ram Ban" (very effective) medicine for all kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without any side effects for any kind of disease.
Today's science says that even though honey is sweet, if taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm diabetic patients. Weekly World News, a magazine in Canada, on its issue dated 17 January, 1995 has given the following list of diseases that can be cured by honey and cinnamon as researched by western scientists:
HEART DISEASES: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, apply on sprouted bread, instead of jelly and jam, and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and saves the patient from heart attack. Also those who have already had an attack, if they do this process daily, they are kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of the above process relieves loss of breath and strengthens the heartbeat. In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as you age, the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and veins.
ARTHRITIS: Arthritis patients may take daily, morning, and night, one cup of hot water with two spoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. If taken regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week, out of the 200 people so treated, practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain, and within a month, mostly all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis started walking without pain.
BLADDER INFECTIONS: Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder.
TOOTHACHE: Make a paste of one teaspoon of cinnamon powder and five teaspoons of honey and apply on the aching tooth. This may be applied three times a day until the tooth stops aching.
CHOLESTEROL: Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water, given to a cholesterol patient, was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, if taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol is cured. According to information received in the said journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.
COLDS: Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic coughs, colds, and clear the sinuses.
UPSET STOMACH: Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also clears stomach ulcers from the root.
GAS: According to the studies done in India and Japan, it is revealed that if honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.
IMMUNE SYSTEM: Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacteria and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles to fight bacteria and viral diseases.
INDIGESTION: Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals.
INFLUENZA: A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural ingredient which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.
LONGEVITY: Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Take four spoons of honey, one spoon of cinnamon powder and three cups of water and boil to make like tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans also increase and even a 100 year old, starts performing the chores of a 20-year-old.
PIMPLES: Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it next morning with warm water. If done daily for two weeks, it removes pimples from the root.
SKIN INFECTIONS: Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin infections.
WEIGHT LOSS: Daily in the morning one half hour before breakfast on an empty stomach and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. If taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.
CANCER: Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder for one month three times a day.
FATIGUE: Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens, who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts, are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 p.m. when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, increases the vitality of the body within a week.
BAD BREATH: People of South America, first thing in the morning, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water, so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.
HEARING LOSS: Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restore hearing.
We are told that the oldest working person in the USA is a beekeeper. 105 years old and working every day. March 2007
I have recently read that honey has a compound that turns into something like hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) inside you. If so that would neutralize MANY health challenges as the oxygen factor comes into play.
Not sure about all this in relation to diabetes but I DO know that I NEVER felt any hypoglycemia (low energy swings after eating the honey) reactions like I would have with sugar or even fruit juice. The health benefits of raw unfiltered honey are mostly the opposite of what would occur with sugar. Read The Sugar Blues or Licking the Sugar Habit for more about all that.
We know that hypoglycemia is a precursor to diabetes. Best watch your blood sugar levels and go easy. Let me know.
I believe honey is a perfect match up with E3live. If there are ANY glycemic issues with the raw honey which I believe there are little to none, E3live will help offset those blood sugar swings, bigtime.
My favorite honey: Wee Bee Honey
Also see Manuka from New Zealand