The Sweet Health Benefits of Honey

We all know that honey tastes great, but did you know it has health benefits too? The experts from Honey Heaven explain

What are the health benefits of honey?
Honey has been revered for centuries for its medicinal uses and health benefits; it is said to be an effective cough suppressant, and a powerful treatment for burns and other skin wounds. It has also been found to contain high levels of antioxidants linked to reducing the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and some types of cancer. Honey is also thought to aid a better night’s sleep and boost brain function by improving memory.

Does honey really have wound healing properties?
Honey has antioxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and contains hydrogen peroxide, an antiseptic, all of which promote rapid and improved healing of wounds. In addition, the sugar naturally present in honey has the effect of drawing water out of damaged tissues (known as an osmotic effect). This reduces swelling and encourages the flow of lymph to heal the wound whilst drying it out. Sugar also draws water out of bacterial cells, which can help keep them from multiplying.

What are the nutrients in honey?
Honey contains approximately 600 volatile compounds that are thought to contribute to its potential biomedical effects, and several vital vitamins and minerals. These include B vitamins, calcium, ascorbic acid, pantothenic acid, niacin and riboflavin and minerals copper, iron, zinc, phosphorous, potassium and magnesium which are mainly derived from the soil and nectar‐producing plants. This remarkable natural sweetener is rich in phenolic acids and flavonoids, which are a source of natural antioxidants and it is free of fat and cholesterol! Honey is also recognised as a prebiotic.

What is a prebiotic?
Prebiotics are a source of food for your gut’s healthy bacteria. They are carbs your body cannot digest so they go to your lower digestive tract, where they act like food to help the healthy bacteria there grow and which support healthy digestion and immune function.

Where does Honey Heaven’s honey come from?
Our premium Honey is 100% pure, organic, and natural made in the stunning Hungarian countryside. Recognised as an area of natural beauty, it is unspoilt by pollution and pesticides with stunning landscapes, crisscrossed by sparkling springs and gurgling rivers, dark, untamed acacia forests and lush wild-flower and lavender meadows, all alive with the buzz of bees. Our certified organic honey is extracted from hives owned by a small artisan beekeeper, who uses traditional, sustainable methods to extract the honey, working in complete harmony with nature.

How is it different to commercial types of honey?
Honey Heaven’s range of honeys are all pure, organic and just as nature intended. This is compared to many commercial honeys which have undergone some kind of manufacturing process mainly to extend their shelf life. In many cases, sugars and artificial sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup are added to these processed honey products, creating a honey that is far less healthy than its original form

What is the problem with pasteurized honey?
Pasteurized honey is filtered and processed at high heat to remove unwanted yeasts and results in a clear-looking product with a longer shelf life. Pasteurization, however, eliminates some of the trace minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, and enzymes associated with honey’s health benefits as well as the naturally occurring bee pollen, royal jelly, beeswax, and propolis, all of which provide their own health advantages

Is Honey Heaven organic, GMO and gluten-free?
All 10 Honey Heaven Honeys are organic, and GMO and gluten-free. Our hives are located on land in Hungary which is pristine; totally unspoilt by pollution, artificial fertilisers or pesticides, and the honey is ethically extracted using traditional methods in a sustainable manner and in total harmony with nature.

What are Honey Heaven’s Gourmet honeys?
Amongst our honeys we sell a selection of Gourmet Organic Honeys. Here we have taken the finest quality herbs, spices and seeds found in nature to produce truly unique honeys with outstanding added health properties. These include our Organic Honey with Javanese Turmeric, Organic Honey with Egyptian Black Seed, Organic Honey with Bee Pollen & Propolis and Organic CBD Honey.

Where can I find out more about Honey Heaven?
Simply visit www.honeyheaven.co.uk to find out about the full range of honeys and other bee-derived products such as Propolis and Honeycomb – even Mead or Honey wine- that we sell. Honey Heaven also offers a range of Herbal teas and CBD products including a luxury skincare range.

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