Pure raw honey offers more benefits than the heat processed. When it is heat processed or filtered it loses many of its nutrients and healthful benefits. The only thing done to pure honey is that it is strained to remove any wax from the comb that may be present.
Honey is full of essential vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin B6, Riboflavin, Thiamine, Pantothenic Acid, Calcium, Copper, Potassium, Zinc, Magnesium and Iron. These nutrients are found abundantly in pure raw honey and only in trace amounts in processed honey.
Pure raw honey contains amylase which is an enzyme that helps the body break down starch. It also contains many antioxidants such as flavonoids. The flavonoids in honey increase energy in the body and strengthen the immune system. The antioxidants also help the body fend off free radicals.
Honey has been used for hundreds of years to heal skin wounds because it contains compounds which contain antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Ancient Egyptian folklore tells how it can help heal cataracts. It has also been used through the ages to help with ulcers, digestive complaints and bronchitis. Honey has also been historically used to prevent anemia, combat colds, lessen arthritis, and as a laxative.
Eating honey that is grown locally helps stimulate your immune system in the treatment of allergies. It works because it helps your body adapt immunity to the local pollen and flowers.
Be sure to choose your honey wisely. If you want to maximize all the potential nutrients and health only buy pure raw honey.