3 Benefits of Local Raw Honey
By: Ariana Palmieri
Do you know the benefits of local raw honey? Lots of people assume that all honey is created equal, when it's really not. In fact, most store-bought honey doesn't legally meet the definition of "honey". Instead, it's "ultra-filtered" through heat and pasteurization. This processing destroys the beneficial compounds, pollen, and enzymes that make raw honey so nutritious. Pollen in honey is essential because without it, there is no way to determine whether the honey came from legitimate and safe sources. Instead, store-bought honey resembles syrup and is too clear. Local raw honey, on the contrary, is not treated with heat. This makes it more buttery than pasteurized honey and makes it look more solid and opaque. Local raw honey, like what Beezy Beez harvests, also contains small pieces of beeswax, which are called "cappings". This perfectly harmless and means it is completely left in its natural state, which is better for you. It contains all the antioxidants, enzymes, pollen, and other beneficial compounds that help boost your health. Beezy Beez's raw honey is harvested locally in New Jersey and New York. It is left untampered with and sold online, as well as in stores throughout New York and New Jersey. For a complete list of places to find Beezy Beez products, go to the locations page. Here's all the benefits you'll get from consuming Beezy Beez's delicious local raw honey.
If you suffer from spring or fall allergies, you might want to consider eating some local raw honey. When honey is harvested as close as possible to where you live, it may help you build an immunity to seasonal allergies. Currently, research is being done to back this theory up, but a lot of people have claimed it provides allergy relief. That's why, come allergy season, you should definitely be eating local raw honey! Allergies are triggered by continuous exposure to the same allergen over time. Even if a particular plant is not allergenic initially, it can potentially become an allergenic from spending too much time around the same plant. Here's the cool part though: Honey made from bees in the proximity of that plant will act as a sort of vaccine if taken in small amounts. That's because this all-natural sweetener will contain tiny amounts of pollen from the allergenic plant. You would have to take a few teaspoons per day for several months to see the benefits. We recommend trying some of Beezy Beez's raw honey: It was harvested locally in New York city and New Jersey. If you live in New York or New Jersey, it could seriously help with your seasonal allergies: Just eat a spoonful of it morning, noon, and night for the best results.
Antioxidants, minerals and more
Local raw honey is also a powerhouse of good-for-you components such as active enzymes, B vitamins, minerals, and antibacterial properties. A 1 ounce serving contains some folate, and vitamins B2, B3, B5, B6, and even C. Minerals include iron, iodine, copper, calcium, zinc, sodium, selenium, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, and magnesium. Talk about a sweet deal, right? Honey even contains cancer-fighting phytonutrients, which can be found in the propolis, or "honey glue" that the bees use to sterilize the beehive. It's important to buy raw honey though, as these amazing health benefits are nowhere to be found in pasteurized versions. In fact, it's best if you leave this sweetener out of hot tea too: Any kind of heat will remove these properties from it. Stick to eating it as is, or spreading it on bread.
Natural cough suppressant
Perhaps one of the best benefits of local raw honey is that it's great at suppressing a cough! It's especially good at treating upper respiratory infections. In fact, a 2007 study at Penn State College of Medicine found that a small dose of buckwheat honey was more effective than an over-the-counter cough treatment for children. How cool is that? Just make sure you don't give honey to children under one year old: It can contain spores of Clostridium botulinum which adults and older children can digest, but babies cannot. With that said, whenever you get sick, reach for some Beezy Beez locally harvested raw honey: Taking a small dose of it will help you. The bees who worked hard to make it are all located within New York and New Jersey! Better yet, make sure to select the buckwheat flavor for even better results.
Ariana Palmieri is a green beauty blogger who strives to live as eco-friendly as possible. In July 2015 she started her blog, Greenify-Me, to document her own journey with sustainable products and makeup that would benefit the environment. In her spare time she loves to read wellness-related books, devour sushi, drink bubble tea with her boyfriend, and befriend stray cats.