Honey has been used for thousands of years as a natural sweetener. It has even been used as medicine in some cultures around the world for as long as 8,000 years!
But did you know that some honey is good for you, and some honey is just empty calories, providing no real health benefits? In this blog post, I’m going to break down the differences in honey so you know exactly what to look for.
Raw Honey vs. Regular Processed Honey
Back before we had machines that processed honey, people ate raw honey. If you’ve never seen or eaten raw honey, it looks very different than the stuff you’re probably used to seeing in the little squeezable bear bottles found at your grocery store.
Raw honey does not go through any kind of heat treatment. It instead comes right from the honeycomb. The beekeepers usually just filter the honey to remove small bits of debris like beeswax and yes, even dead bee parts. But that’s it, the honey never goes through any processing. Because of this, the honey remains cloudy or opaque and thicker than processed honey.
Regular honey that you buy in the store is an amber-colored liquid. It has been treated, which increases its shelf-life. But this heating process also destroys the very nutrients that offer incredible health benefits.
What’s in Raw Honey That Makes it So Healthy?
Guess why raw honey is cloudier than processed honey? Because it still contains vital nutrients. In fact, studies have shown that raw honey contains beneficial ingredients that may be good for our health. Raw honey contains:
- Bee pollen, which has been shown to act as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent
- Certain vitamins and minerals
- Amino acids
Because pasteurization exposes honey to high temperatures, most, if not all, of these beneficial ingredients are destroyed. But the news gets even worse: not only does regular honey not offer these beneficial nutrients, it also tends to contain added sweeteners, such as high fructose corn syrup. So now something that was heathy for you becomes very unhealthy for you, very fast!
Where Was the Honey Made?
So now you hopefully understand the difference between raw honey and processed honey, and why one is healthy for you and the other… not so much.
But before you go, I also wanted to mention that WHERE the honey comes from can also offer you certain health benefits. We often hear that local raw honey is the best to eat. And for those people who suffer from seasonal allergies, eating local raw honey can help them fight their allergies to the local flower pollen etc.
But if you don’t suffer from allergies, you might actually gain more health benefits by eating honey from far, far away.
For instance, there is a famous honey that comes from Malaysia produced by a certain kind of bee called Apis Dorsata. These bees make their hives way, way up in specific trees, which makes the honey rare and hard to find.
Malaysian honey is made from nectars of different exotic rainforest plants. Scientists have extensively analyzed the ingredients in this particular honey and have found it contains a concentration of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory agents, anti-bacterial compounds and other phytochemicals known to fight tumor growth and support cardiovascular health. People in the region also use it daily to help stabilize blood sugars and lower blood pressure.
But that’s not all! This special Malaysian honey is also reported to increase sex drive and stamina.
Our Golden Royal Honey is Made from Malaysian Honey
Golden Royal Honey contains potent ingredients from around the world. We use natural Malaysian honey so you get all of the benefits I just mentioned. We also use Panax ginseng, Long jack and royal jelly, with each showing significant health benefits.
The bottom line is, if you are looking for a natural remedy to treat inflammation, numerous diseases and even erectile dysfunction, try our Golden Royal Honey today.