KEJAKSAN, AYOCIREBON.COM – Since long time ago, raw honey has often been used as traditional medicine because of its various health benefits and medical uses. Even now in some hospitals, raw honey is still used as a treatment. Especially for raw honey, not pasteurized.
Most of the honey you will find in the store is pasteurized. As a result, the nutrients contained in honey are destroyed in the pasteurization process of the honey.
If you are interested in trying raw honey, buy it from a trusted local manufacturer. Reporting from Healthline, here are some of the health benefits that raw honey offers:
1. Good source of antioxidants
Raw honey contains substances that act as antioxidants. Some types of honey have as many antioxidants as fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants help protect your body from cell damage from free radicals.
Free radicals have an effect on aging and the development of chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Research shows that the antioxidant compounds in honey called polyphenols can play a role in preventing heart disease.
2. Antibacterial and antifungal
Raw honey naturally contains hydrogen peroxide as an antiseptic. Research has shown that raw honey can kill bacteria and fungi. However, its effectiveness as an antibacterial or antifungal depends on the honey.
3. Heal wounds
Raw honey is medicinally used to treat wounds as it is proven to be an effective germ killer and also helps in tissue regeneration.
Studies show that raw honey can speed up healing time and reduce infection. Note that the honey used in the hospital is medical grade honey, meaning that it is inspected and sterile. It’s not a good idea to treat wounds with honey you buy from the store.
4. Phytonutrient power generation
The phytonutrients in raw honey have antioxidant functions, as well as antibacterial and antifungal powers. This compound also shows that raw honey has immunity booster and anticancer benefits. Heavy processing destroys this valuable nutrient.
5. Help for digestive problems
Raw honey also has the benefits of treating digestive problems, such as diarrhea, although not much has been researched on this, but has been shown to be effective as a treatment for the bacterium Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori).
6. Relieves sore throat
Raw honey is also a sore throat medicine. Add it to hot lemon tea when the flu hits you.
It also works as a cough reliever. Research shows that raw honey is just as effective as dextromethorphan, a common ingredient in over-the-counter cough medicines. (Ariel Teguh Nurahman)