Honey has been in the human diet since the time of Neanderthals. Why wouldn’t it? It’s delicious by itself, and it makes anything from tea to toast taste so much better. But did you know this natural sweetener has multiple health benefits? Maybe you’ve heard about it helping with seasonal allergies, but that’s just one of the ways it can improve our health.
Raw Honey is loaded with antioxidants. And antioxidants block free radicals that can cause disease. That includes cancer, cardiovascular conditions, neurological diseases, and diabetes.
Raw Honey decreases inflammation. Chronic inflammation sets the stage for nearly all modern diseases, including diabetes, Alzheimer’s, autoimmune disorders, allergies, and even depression. Honey decreases blood levels of prostaglandins, which play a key role in inflammation. One study showed that ingesting honey lowered prostaglandin levels by as much as 63 percent after 15 days.
Raw Honey can lower LDL cholesterol and raise HDL cholesterol. A study with overweight and obese individuals who ate honey instead of table sugar experienced a significant reduction in LDL cholesterol (the “bad” kind) while their LDL cholesterol (the “good” kind) increased. Another study using healthy weight adults got the same results.
Raw Honey helps stabilize blood sugar. A study in the Journal of Medicinal Food found that natural honey lowers blood glucose levels in healthy, diabetic, and hyperlipidemic individuals. In the diabetic group, honey caused a significantly lower rise in blood sugar than table sugar.
Raw Honey has antibiotic and antiviral properties. Its antibacterial action makes it a good wound healer. That’s likely due to several factors, including honey’s low acidity and hydrogen peroxide content. Honey inhibits the growth of H. pylori, a common cause of peptic ulcers, as well as E. coli and Salmonella, common in food poisoning. Raw honey has been found as effective in managing the herpes virus as prescription treatment.
Raw Honey provides seasonal allergy relief. Raw honey contains pollen, which is known to ward off infections. Consuming that small amount of pollen over time, acts to desensitize the immune reaction to such pollens.
Raw Honey offers prebiotic support. Honey contains oligosaccharides that can promote the growth of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria. In addition, the antimicrobial components of raw honey can act against pathogens in the gut.
Ruth’s is proud to carry raw honey from Bill’s Honey Farm, Meridianville, AL.