Natural Source of sugar
Sugar is broken down by the body and is used as energy. Some foods such as fruit have simple sugars that can be broken down easily and that can be said with refined sugar. Normal sugars contain 50% Fructose and 50% Glucose and when broken down can lead to a surge in blood glucose. Different from refined sugar, Raw honey contains only around 30% Glucose and around 40% fructose and the remaining 30% is other complex sugars. What this equates to is the body taking longer to break down the sugar resulting in more calories burned and a slow release of energy rather than the almost synthetic sugar spike.
Natural Source of Nutrition
Raw Honey contains up to 80 substances that the human body requires. It is known to contain the following,
All of B Complex vitamin along with A,C,D,E & K. It can also contain different values of this vitamin due to the floral source the bees feed on.
Minerals & trace elements are present such as Magnesium, Manganese, Copper, sodium, potassium, chlorine, iodine, calcium, Iron, phosphorus and Sulfur.
The Enzymes in Raw Honey are essential and are one of the major factors that make raw honey so good for you. When honey is pasteurised it kills off these enzymes. Enzymes are catalysts that are used by the body to help break down food and perform tasks in the body. The main types of enzymes found in raw honey are Diastase, Invertase, Glucose Oxidase, Catalase, Acid Phosphatase, Proteases, Esterase, and B-glucosidase. To give you an example, Catalase is used to convert peroxide to water and oxygen. Humans and bees do naturally produce some enzymes but we do receive others from food. Unfortunately, so many of us eat processed, fried or cooked food so, therefore, our enzyme bank is low. This is where raw honey can help boosting those enzyme levels.
Research has shown that Raw Honey is believed to contain a natural antioxidant and other properties to prevent cognitive decline and enhance the brain's circulation.
Other research has also shown that the polyphenol properties of honey also combat oxidative stress and restore our cellular antioxidant defence system. This is helpful in memory problems. One study showed that when children took honey daily it helped with the development of their central nervous system, reduced anxiety and improved memory and learning capacity.
Raw honey is known to help the brain release Serotonin (a neurotransmitter that improves your mood) also known as the ‘Happy Hormone’. The body takes Serotonin and converts it into melatonin. Melatonin is used to regulate the length and quality of sleep.
Studies have shown that honey releases hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is an antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiseptic compound that is produced by an enzyme. Most strains of harmful bacteria cannot survive in hydrogen peroxide.