Honey has been used as a natural sweetener for thousands of years. Today, local honey is still used to improve food and drinks, and many people also use it as a way to maintain good health. It is the only predigested sugar in nature, being 99% predigested when it reaches you. It is a living organic, instant energy building food containing all the essential minerals necessary for life; seven vitamins of the B complex group, amino acids, enzymes and other vital factors. Honey is also one of natures’s most powerful germ killers. Germs simply cannot survive in honey.
Raw honey is said to help reduce seasonal allergies. Bees use pollen from the same flowers and trees that make you sneeze and sniffle in the spring and fall. When you eat honey produced by local (within 50 miles) bees, you’re eating some of the allergens that make your eyes water and your nose run. Over time, your body builds up immunity to these allergens so your seasonal allergies won’t be as severe. Eat a spoonful a day or use it to flavor your foods, but remember — heating it above 95 degrees Fahrenheit will eliminate its healthy components, so room temperature is always best.
The Honeyman suggests Mesquite honey for the Spring and Summer seasons. Mesquite honey is a Chapparal honey with a robust flavor, this is one of the Honeyman’s favorite. The Honeyman produces this one in the Black Canyon City, Bumble Bee, Cleator and Mayer areas of Arizona. A local honey harvested at the peak of Northern Arizona’s blooming season.
Raw honey has several other health benefits:
- Honey contains antioxidants and phytonutrientsthat protect your body’s cells from damage as you age.
- Honey contains B vitamins and folate, which your body needs to function properly.
- Honey has the following minerals: iron, copper, sodium, potassium, manganese, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous.
- Honey serves as a natural cough suppressant and can help soothe a sore throat.
- Honey is great energy food and tastes good.
- No wonder the ancient Greeks called “honey” the nectar of the Gods.