- Aynsley Fisher
Nature's Superfood- Raw Honey
Honeybees are amazing creatures. As a beekeeper, I get up close and personal with the busy little bees. They forage for nectar and pollen up to 5 miles from their hive. In many commercial honey operations, bees are fed sugar water for their honey production. However, bees that forage on local plants for pollen and nectar results in robust honeys packed with flavors, antioxidants and amino acids. Since they are foraging on native plants and trees, they are collecting the naturally occuring phytochemicals/phytonutrients from the plants, which contain antioxidants and disease fighting properties. Not to mention, there is nothing like local, raw honey for flavor. Additionally, local honey is believed to help alleviate symptoms of seasonal allergies.
Phytochemicals are non-nutritive plant chemicals that have protective or disease preventive properties. Plants produce these phytochemicals to protect themselves but recent research demonstrates that they can also protect humans against diseases. Since honeybees collect pollen and nectar from a variety of blooming plant sources, the fructose and glucose in honey are loaded with phytochemical compounds and agents, including pathogen-killers.
Phytochemicals with anti-cancer properties demonstrate an ability to stop the cancerous growth. Additionally, honey’s highly absorbable sugar and B12 coenzymes make it one of the most powerful brain foods of our time. Plus, raw honey repairs DNA and is extremely high in minerals such as calcium, potassium, zinc, selenium, phosphorus, chromium, molybdenum, and manganese.
Honey boosts our immune system. Anti-inflammatory, honey is truly the best kind of medicine.