In our “modern” society, there is much controversy over the role in food in our health, even though food was considered one of the basic and fundamental areas to address by healers before our modern era of factory medicine. Because of this, many, possibly most, people, including doctors, do not realize how powerful the impact of intentional choice to eat wisely can have on a person’s life.
With that in mind, it’s no surprise how many people do not know about a powerful superfood that is right under our noses and easily available to obtain. This food is raw honey.
The first question to address is the raw versus processed honey debate. Like the debate over raw versus pasteurized milk, the average American has been sold a bill of goods about how the pasteurized version is better, and “safer,” than the “dangerous” raw food. To bring balance to the debate, though, Amy Goodrich notes,
“Not all honey is created equal though. Regular – or most commercially available – honey goes through several processing steps, ripping from it its most precious nutrients: bee pollen and bee propolis (or bee glue). […] Raw honey is alkaline-forming and still contains all its beneficial natural vitamins, enzymes, powerful antioxidants and other important natural nutrients – all of which are destroyed during pasteurization and filtration. Raw honey is collected straight from the extractor and is unheated, unpasteurized and unprocessed.”
The benefits of honey would surprise the average person, which is why honey can be described as a superfood. Honey is imbued with antioxidants, as an anti-microbial for topical use on cuts and burns, to improve digestion, as a pre-biotic stimulating beneficial gut bacteria, to soothe sore throats and coughs, to reduce cholesterol, and as an antibiotic.
Honey has been shown to help to control and, when combined with certain herbs, has been noted as a way to fight cancer. One Croatian man who had been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, attributes the use of honey with herbs with curing his cancer.
Honey is also used as a component in natural facial masks and as treatment for acne.
With this incredibly wide variety of uses, now may be the time to reconsider adding raw honey to the diet and medicine cabinet.