Some people may not be very familiar with raw honey. Raw honey is honey taken directly from honeycomb for consumption. Unlike factory-produced honey, raw honey does not go through various processing processes such as filtering or pasteurization.
Raw honey taken directly from a honeycomb without a variety of processes usually has some healthful elements that ‘the manufacturer honey”does not have. Some of these elements are bee pollen, beeswax, bee propolis, and quite a lot of antioxidants.
So far, scientific research has not confirmed whether raw honey has more health benefits than ordinary honey or not. Even so, raw honey has been known to have many health benefits for the body.
For example, a 2017 study on honey and a review in 2015 of bee pollen showed that bee pollen and propolis have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial and anticancer properties.
Medical News Today reveals that there are various benefits that can be taken from raw honey. The following are four of them.
Researchers believe that some of the health benefits of honey come from its antioxidant content. Natural honey is known to contain quite a lot of compounds that act as antioxidants such as phytochemicals, flavonoids, and ascorbic acid.
In the body, antioxidants can reduce oxidative stress by cleaning up free radicals. Oxidative stress is often associated with a variety of chronic health problems.
There are no specific studies to see the effect of the pasteurization process on antioxidants in honey. But based on other studies, the process of heating food can reduce antioxidant content.
The nutrition and chemical composition of raw honey varies greatly, depending on the country, the environment and the flowers used by bees to collect nectar. Apart from that, honey still has many healthy compounds such as antioxidants, amino acids, and vitamins.
One teaspoon or about 21 grams of raw honey contains 64 calories and 16 grams of sugar. Natural honey also has small amounts of vitamins and minerals such as niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, calcium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, phosphorus and zinc.
Honey is a natural antibacterial and antimicrobial agent. Honey contains hydrogen peroxide and glucose oxidase, and has a low pH level. The chemical composition of honey also makes yeast and bacteria unable to develop.
Because of these antibacterial properties, many people use honey to clean wounds. Bahwan’s research shows that manuka honey can kill common pathogens such as E. coli to S. aureus, and H. pylori.
Some studies show that honey can work well to heal wounds. Honey can heal wounds well because it is supported by antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties.
If you have small or small burns, apply raw honey directly in the area that is injured or burned. After that, cover with tape or adhesive wound.