“Go to the bee, then poet, consider her ways and be wise.” - George Bernard Shaw
Did you know that Bees are responsible for pollinating every third bite of food we eat? Think of it: there would be no Superfood without bees. The healing properties of organic raw honey are countless and have been cited in most ancient cultures. A goddess in the form of a bee was venerated at Camiros on the Greek Island of Rhodes almost three thousand years ago.
Honey is comprised of roughly 80 percent natural sugar and 18 percent water. The remaining 2 percent is made up of vitamins, minerals, pollens, and protein. The vitamins in honey include vitamin C, B6, riboflavin, niacin, and thiamin. The minerals present in honey include calcium, iron, copper, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, zinc and sodium. Honey also contains 22 amino acids.
These are just a few benefits to honey…
- Has a lower rating on the Glycemic Index than table sugar, which means it is less likely to spike blood sugar levels
- Is sweeter than table sugar, so you need less of it to sweeten foods
- Produces a natural laxative effect and can help relieve constipation
- May also help to alleviate symptoms of diarrhea and dysentery
- Has natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties
- Can be used as an appetite stimulant
- Is easy on the digestive system
- Has been shown to be one of the most effective forms of carbohydrates to ingest prior to exercise
- Has been known to help with post workout recuperation
- Contains antioxidants that help prevent against cellular damage
- Reduces the oxidation of LDL (bad cholesterol) which cuts down on the risk of developing atherosclerosis
- May help prevent seasonal allergy symptoms
- … all this, and it tastes GREAT!
- For those of you interested in becoming a backyard beekeeper, I recommend this resource.
Dr. Todd’s Super Honey Boost
Blend together in a blender
1 tsp of Matcha green tea powder
3/4 C boiling water
1 mashed banana (very ripe about ½ C)
½ C crushed ice
1 T. fresh squeezed lemon juice
½ t fresh minced ginger
1 large dollop of local organic honey
… Now, raise your glass to the Honey Goddess and ENJOY!