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Raw Honey

If you love honey, try this!
I buy this YS Organic Honey from Vitacost.
  
Why Raw?  Well anything in it's natural state is going to be far healthier for you than the processed version.  When processed, all the good benefits in food are lost.  Pure raw honey will look thick and pasty, unlike the soupy, golden version you often see in the store.  Pasteurization kills off the bad along with the good, so the end product is really not that beneficial.  Yeast and enzymes which are responsible for activating vitamins and minerals in the body system are partially destroyed.

What is an enzyme?  Let me put a little of what I learned in A & P to good use.  An enzyme is a catalyst that helps to speed reactions in our bodies.  It's lock and key, meaning that, like a puzzle, only certain pieces fit with certain enzymes.  If we didn't have enzymes, some reactions could not occur in our bodies or they would be extremely slow. Amylase, an enzyme found in human saliva, is also concentrated in flower pollen which helps predigest starchy foods.

Todd at Honeygardens.com states, "Because of its high enzyme content, raw honey spares the enzyme reserves of the pancreas and other digestive organs. They won’t be constantly stimulated to produce and secrete various digestive enzymes. Wonderful long-term benefits of this enzyme-sparing activity are good health, increased longevity and energy, fewer illnesses, and a healthy immune system. In this way, one can see the importance of including raw, unheated honey in the diet." 

Raw honey contains antioxidant levels comparable to some fruits and vegetables.  Most of us know that antioxidants breakdown the free radicals in our bodies thus reducing our cancer risk.

More benefits:
Treats sore throats, asthma, and more
It can be used as an antibacterial agent on cuts or wounds.
Find out more about the benefits of raw honey on eHow Health, and then go get yourself some raw honey!