Buckwheat Raw Honey
100% Ontario Buckwheat Honey. Amber, Unpasteurized. Raw and Lightly Strained. 500g Bottle
Rich, dark with a disctinctive molasses flavour, this honey has the highest concentration of vitamins and minerals. Known for fighting infection, boosting the immune system and shortening the duration of colds, this honey also offers a unique, great taste.
Fairhaven buckhwheat honey is unpasteurized or raw and is slowly strained to remove debris, rather than pressure filtered, in order to retain its natural sweet flavour and nutrients.
Honey is heated in order to improve shelf life and melt any tiny granulated crystals that may be present. It also kills yeast spores. Granulation occurs naturally over time and is perfectly normal. Immersing the jar in warm water will restore it to its liquid state. Pressure filtering removes pollen grains, which can be helpful in reducing allergy symptoms. It also removes the nutritional benefits of bee pollen.
Benefits of Honey
- Souths sore throats & coughs (reduces duration of colds)
- Boosts immune system
- Lowers cholesterol levels
- Treats ulcers & stomach ailments
- Improves cardiovascular health
- Lowers blood sugar
- Reduces allergy symptoms
Medicinal Properties of Honey
Most of honeys medicinal benefits are attributed to its antibacterial and anti fungal properties. These proper-ties have been shown in the laboratory by introducing honey to a specific bacteria/fungus in a petridish and measuring the degree of inhibition of its growth. Honey’s usefulness as a medicine for humans is partly anecdotal and more recently founded on clinical study.
Honey’s antibacterial properties are derived from three things. Hydrogen peroxide production (not its content), low pH and its ability to draw water from its surroundings.
Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) kills most bacteria and fungus on contact. About one-third of honey is glucose and a very small part is glucose oxidase. The chemical reaction simplified is as follows: glucose combined with water and oxygen producing hydrogen peroxide and gluconic acid (C6H12O6 + H2O + O2 = H2O + C6H12O7).
This reaction does not take place with regular honey in its jar; the honey must have a much higher pH (around 6) and sodium must be present. Human body fluids meet this requirement with high pH and sodium. When honey comes into contact with an open wound and its fluids, the enzyme glucose oxidase is activated and production of H2O2 begins. As more or less fluid is produced the process increases or decreases and is self- regulating. The high acidity (around pH 4) of honey inhibits the growth of bacteria.
Honey, like any super-saturated solution of a sugar and water, will absorb water until it reaches equilibrium. When honey takes water from the cells of bacteria or fungi it kills them by dehydration on the microscopic level.
Honey is often recommended as a treatment for stomach ulcers. Clinical studies have shown that honey will inhibit the growth of helicobactor pylori bacteria. This bacterium is known to cause stomach ulcers and is also linked to stomach cancer. Some research and many anecdotal stories recommend that by taking a few ounces of honey per day you can cure most ulcers within several months.
The use of honey as a cure for acne and as a general treatment for skin goes back thou-sands of years. A recommendation for acne treatment is to use a cotton swab soaked in a salt water solution to soften the blemish. Next dab honey on the blemish and leave for 10 minutes before washing off.
Tooth decay is mostly caused by table sugars which are made up of sucrose. Honey has very little sucrose and along with its antibacterial properties is an ideal sweetener for food.