Raw honey is different from the pasteurized honey you usually find on grocery store shelves. The processed varieties are heated to high temperatures and filtered, which destroys beneficial pollen and antioxidants. We love using raw honey in our Elderberry Syrup for the added health benefits it has, including:
• Bee Pollen
There are over 250 beneficial compounds found in bee pollen, which can only be found in raw forms of honey. It contains vitamins, micronutrients, and amino acids that can help with everything from liver function to cardiovascular health.
Raw honey contains a variety of plant compounds called polyphenols that provide antioxidant benefits in your body. These can reduce inflammation and the risk of chronic disease. Raw honey contains 4 times more polyphenols than processed honey.
• Antibacterial and Antifungal
Raw honey is a natural antimicrobial agent for your body that can kill harmful bacteria and stifle the growth of yeast.
• Sore Throat and Cough Remedy
Studies have found that honey can be as effective as over-the-counter cough medicines and you’ll also get relief from sore throats as it provides a protective coating - all from a natural source.
• Digestive Health
It’s been found that raw honey is a potent prebiotic and can feed the good bacteria in your intestines. It’s also been found to protect against stomach ulcers and even treat diarrhea.
• Variety of Nutrients
While the amounts are small, there are an impressive amount of nutrients found in raw honey including 22 amino acids, 31 minerals, and many other vitamins and enzymes like iron and manganese.
I started this journey as a momma wanting better for her boys- and not pay outrageous store prices. As it turns out I wasn't alone.