Raw Honey: 8 Splendid Benefits Of This Guilt-Free Sweetener

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2. Helps fight and prevent cavities

Raw honey is unique among sweeteners in that it actually isn’t bad for your teeth. This is because it contains bee propolis (also called “bee glue”) which is part of what gives the honey its consistency. Bee propolis has proven effective in fighting gingivitis and helps prevent the formation of plaque. Of course, like any sweetener, raw honey must be used in moderation.

 

3. Filled with antioxidants

Antioxidants help fight free radicals in the body, slow down the aging process, and fight cancer. Raw honey contains antioxidants called phenolic compounds, which help prevent cell damage and maintain optimal health.

 

4. Shows antibacterial and antimicrobial properties

Honey has been used as a traditional remedy in the past for cleaning wounds. Raw honey has natural chemical properties that allow it to be used to disinfect minor wounds, scrapes, or burns. Recent trials in European hospitals with Manuka honey showed promise in treating patients with treatment-resistant staph infections or MRSA. (Note: While raw honey has a lot potential for preventing illness, the honey used in medical trials was kept in sterile conditions, so you should not expect to get these same benefits from honey off the shelf at the store.)

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