honey

honey

If you feel out of touch with miracles, then reacquaint yourself with honey. Unprocessed honey in its raw, living form is nothing less than a miracle from God and the earth. Take a moment to think about what this wild food really is: nectar. It is liquid gold that can turn your life around.

Our immune systems are constantly adapting to whatever microorganisms we encounter which is why raw honey is so important for supporting immunity. Honey in its raw form is a secret weapon against infectious illness. When you’re dealing with weakened immunity and feel like you’re extra susceptible to catching colds and flu, raw  honey assists your body in keeping a strong first line of defence by strengthening neutrophils and macrophages so they can fight off pathogens. These properties also make raw honey anti-inflammatory-because it inhibits pathogens from procreating and thus releasing toxins that elevate inflammation. Honey is truly medicine for our planet.

PRIMARY MICRO NUTRIENTS Potassium
SECONDARY MICRO NUTRIENTS Vitamin B2, Iron, Copper, Manganese
NUTRITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS and NOTES
  • Daily consumption improves blood anti-oxidant levels and prevents lipid peroxidation
  • Excellent nutrient source for optimising blood sugar levels before, during and after exercise
FUNCTIONAL BENEFITS Anti-allergenic: due to pollen in raw unfiltered honey
PHYTONUTRIENTS Phenolic compounds (eg flavonoids) act as anti-oxidants preventing free radical damage, and lipid peroxidation that lead to Cardio Vascular Disease
NOTES
  • Dark honey has the highest anti-oxidant capacity
  • Raw Honey retains the healthy phytonutrients are lost in processing
ADVICE
  • Heating up honey to below 90 Celcius retains valuable enzymes
  • Add raw honey to lemon water to enhance the honey’s bioflavonoids and give the drink an additional immune
  • If you feel like you’re coming down with something, take a teaspoon of raw honey before. This is also a good remedy to enhance a night’s sleep.
  • Use raw honey in place of all processed sugar and other sweeteners you normally Look for wildflower honey, if you can find it.
  • Applied externally, honey is great for healing small wounds and revitalising the skin. Try it on scars where you want to speed up the healing process.
  • Consuming honey prior to meditation strengthens the mind and brings about happy sensations throughout the body
RDA Honey % RDA
Nutrient Unit per 100g
g 3700 17.1 0.5%
Energy kcal 2600 304 11.7%
Protein g 90 0.3 0.3%
Total lipid (fat) g 87 0 0.0%
Carbohydrate, by difference g 224 82.4 36.8%
Fiber, total dietary g 38 0.2 0.5%
Sugars, total g 82.12
Minerals
Calcium, Ca mg 1000 6 0.6%
Iron, Fe mg 8 0.42 5.3%
Magnesium, Mg mg 420 2 0.5%
Phosphorus, P mg 700 4 0.6%
Potassium, K mg 470 52 11.1%
Sodium, Na mg 4
Zinc, Zn mg 11 0.22 2.0%
Copper, Cu mg 0.9 0.036 4.0%
Manganese, Mn mg 2.3 0.08 3.5%
Selenium, Se µg 55 0.8 1.5%
Vitamins
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid mg 90 0.5 0.6%
Thiamin mg 1.2 0 0.0%
Riboflavin mg 1.3 0.038 2.9%
Niacin mg 16 0.121 0.8%
Pantothenic acid mg 5 0.068 1.4%
Vitamin B-6 mg 1.7 0.024 1.4%
Folate, total µg 400 2 0.5%
Choline, total mg 2.2
Betaine mg 1.7
Vitamin B-12 µg 2.4 0 0.0%
Vitamin A, IU IU 5000 0 0.0%
Vitamin E, total mg 15 0 0.0%
Vitamin D IU 600 0 0.0%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) µg 120 0 0.0%

RDA – Recommended Dietary Amount recommendations are based upon calculations for a 40 year old very active man that I have adapted from USDA’s Dietary Intake Guidelines. Using this link you can make your own calculations

Adapted from:

Murray, M. (2005). Encyclopedia of Healing Food. New York, N.Y.: Atria Books

USDA food database: http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/

Other information sources:

Self Nutrition Data: an online nutrient breakdown of foods

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