Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Harnessing the Benefits of Honey

photo credit: Justin Hackworth
You may have heard that honey can soothe a sore throat or that it is a good alternative for sugar, but have you heard about the other multifaceted health benefits of raw honey? Many types of honey you will find in the typical grocery store is processed (heated and pressure-filtered) to ensure a longer shelf-life without crystallizing. But raw, unprocessed honey sold by beekeepers, farmers markets, or organic food stores contains a multitude of health benefits that you will want to know about.

Can raw honey increase the calcium that your body absorbs? Ease insomnia and anemia? Treat ulcers? Fight gum disease? The website of a North Carolina nurse and beekeeper gives a comprehensive list of these and other wonders of honey for health, nutrition, and even beauty, and explains the properties of honey which enable such health benefits. Publications which report on benefits which have only been medically-proven by research studies take a more conservative stance, but also report that honey has been proven more successful at reducing nighttime cough for children and aiding sleep than some pharmaceutical medicines, and note the antioxidant and antibiotic properties which are present especially in darker types of honey.

In Haiti, Makouti Agro Enterprise is harnessing the natural properties of honey to develop an energy- and protein-rich snack product. "Myel Nana" combines honey, peanuts, and other locally-available ingredients into a small but potent combination which is good for quick energy. Whether in Haiti, the US, or elsewhere, even a teaspoon of raw honey can have many benefits. So, have you had your honey yet today?

Click here to read more about how Partners' Farmer to Farmer Program assists beekeepers around the world to increase the quantity and improve the quality of their honey.

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