WHAT IS HONEY

WHAT IS RAW HONEY

Honey is the nectar of the herbs and flowers that grow wild in the fields and woods. The benefits of hundreds of herbs are carried in the form of nectar in the stomach of the bee where it is subtly altered by the bee’s digestive enzymes in ways that modern science has been unable to explain. This process creates new compounds before the honey is regurgitated in the hive, concentrated by evaporation, and stored in honeycomb.

Raw honey is one of nature’s richest super food sugar substitutes, containing over 80 different health-giving proponents. This is unprocessed honey that is pure, unfiltered and unheated, embodying the natural bouquet of flower pollination with a potent source of nutritional elements. All around the world, humans have for centuries been using honey straight from the beehive.

At Balqees Honey we bring to our loving customers raw unadulterated honey from around the world that nourishes the body and pleases the soul.

Honey bees life cycle


RAW HONEY BENEFITS

Contains Bee Pollen
This natural honey contains the actual bee pollen. Bee pollen is a top 10 super food for its nutritional benefits, protein and active enzyme levels.

Contains Propolis
Honeybees collect a substance called propolis, a resin for building their bee hives. They use it to seal and sterilize the hive from outside contamination. Propolis has been used since the time of Hippocrates to heal external wounds and internal conditions. It is a natural antibiotic and known antiseptic. It has been proven to exhibit antioxidant effects with antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is known to be helpful in boosting the immune system and supporting liver health.

Contains Amylase
Unprocessed natural honey benefits the body as one of the richest sources of amylase provided by nature. This is an essential enzyme that helps to break down starches into sugars. When honey is heated, amylase is lost and is unable to be of benefit.

RAW HONEY VS HEATED HONEY

Common store bought commercial honey brands are basically a refined version of truly raw honey. Commercial brands are thinner, clear, golden pourable liquid. This is how you can tell if you have the real thing, in the way it looks. True, unprocessed honey is often golden color (or thick and whitish) and is creamy smooth with fine textured crystals that store indefinitely, improving with age. Real honey doesn’t pour, it spreads. You can scoop it out with a spoon and add it to your favorite recipes and desserts.

GLYCEMIC INDEX OF RAW HONEY

Raw honey is a great alternative sweetener because it enters the bloodstream slowly and maintains a balanced flow of energy instead of the standard refined honey or sugar lows and highs. However, when consuming natural sweeteners with a high sugar content like honey, coconut sugar or agave nectar, it is important not to overdue it and always use in moderation within a healthy diet.

Avoid raw honey if you have concerns about candida or parasites in the body. It is best, under those conditions, to consume low glycemic sweeteners like stevia or yacon root syrup and sometimes lucuma as well.

LOCAL RAW HONEY

It is good to consume local honey that is produced by bees in your region. This provides raw honey benefits in addition to immune stimulating properties needed for your body to adapt to its environment.