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Raw Honey – The Sweet Superfood!

Honey – The Cleansing Superfood

Cleansing Superfoods - Raw Organic HoneyHoney has been eaten for thousands of years. When some of the tombs were opened in Egypt, they found honey that had been put there for the entombed so they would have it in their next life. The honey had crystallized and was still perfectly good, even though it had been there for 5,000 years!

The majority of honey that you would buy in a supermarket is not the same honey that has been eaten for thousands of years. Only careful and minimal processing will preserve the many nutritive benefits of honey. Honey should never be heated during extraction or the enzymes will be destroyed, nor should it be fine filtered.

The fine filtering of honey removes much of what makes raw honey a healthy and desirable food. This would include particles of pollen, beeswax and propolis. When the pollen is still present in the honey it is said to provide relief to allergy sufferers. Small amounts of pollen act as an inoculant against large amounts in the air that trigger reactions like the runny nose and itchy eyes of hay fever. As honey is predigested it is very easy for the body to digest. When it is consumed with carbohydrates like porridge or toast, the enzymes in the honey help with the digestion of carbohydrates. Different honeys from different nectar sources are quite different. They have different combinations of sugars, minerals and enzymes. For example, very dark honeys have a high mineral content. Lighter honeys are lower in minerals and are usually milder in taste.

Another benefit to honey is that it is a good source of antioxidants so play a big role in the prevention of cancer as well as heart disease. It can also be used as a moisturiser to be later removed with splashes of water. Not only will it moisturise the skin but it will also help combat acne with only a small amount being needed for both uses. Bee keepers who regularly eat honey are said to live long and healthy lives.

Honey is a natural antiseptic. Medical journals cite more than 600 cases in which honey was employed to treat wounds by preventing infection. Honey contains an antimicrobial agent, which prevents infections by killing the bacteria in and around your wound. Many types of bacteria can't survive in honey so wounds heal, swelling eases and tissue can grow back.

Some interesting facts about bees are:

Honey bees are the only insect to produce food for humans, a healthy hive contains approximately 40-60 thousand bees. During the honey production period a bees life span is only 4-6 weeks.

Bees visit approximately two million flowers to make one pound of honey.

Bees travel an average of 1,600 round trips in order to produce on ounce of honey, each round trip being as far as 6 miles. To produce 2 pounds of honey bees travel a distance equal to 4 times round the earth!

Queens lay approximately 1,500 to 2,000 eggs per day at a rate of 5 to 6 per minute. One queen lays between 175,000 and 200,000 eggs per year.

So don't put their hard work to waste, go and get your self some raw honey and think about how much hard work has gone into that small amount you eat!

By: James J White

James White is a level 1 coach at Dax Moy Personal Training Studios, Islington, where he works with clients to achieve rapid fitness and fat loss results.

To find out more or to contact James with questions related to this article. http://jameswhitepersonaltraining.co.uk

Organic Green Superfoods

Three Fantastic Superfoods and What They Offer Your Body

Superfoods are being increasingly touted by nutritionists as being among the healthiest food sources available. There term “superfood” has a fairly broad definition depending upon whom you talk to or what you read. In essence, however, it generally refers to any food with a high concentration of phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are plant-derived compounds that are acclaimed for their health-promoting benefits by health food companies and scientific researchers alike.

Commonly-recognized superfoods include berries, leafy greens, and sprouts. Other well-known and often-written-about ones include bee pollen, aloe vera, raw cacao (chocolate), goji berries, and flax seeds, to mention a few. All of these foods are available at most grocery and natural food stores.

Notably, some of the superfoods that have garnered the most attention over the past few decades are three types of organic green superfoods: spirulina, blue-green algae, and chlorella (all of which are types of algae!). Each of these foods is extremely high in protein and other nutrients.

Here are some details about what each of these types of algae can offer in terms of nutrition and health benefits:

1. Spirulina: The green algae spirulina contains an unusually high amount of protein – between 55% and 77% by dry weight, depending upon where it was grown and harvested. In fact, spirulina contains more protein per gram than any other food in existence. Furthermore, spirulina contains a complete form of protein, meaning that it contains all of the essential amino acids. It is generally considered to offer protein that is superior to typical plant proteins, like that of legumes.

Spirulina is also one of the richest sources of beta-carotene known to science. Beta carotene is an organic compound that is a precursor to Vitamin A, an essential human nutrient important for vision and bone health. Finally it is the highest source of the B vitamin complex, B12 included!

2. Blue-Green Algae: The Blue-green algae – also known as cyanobacteria – is one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, containing glycoproteins, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. Typically, blue-green algae are harvested in natural lakes such as Upper Klamath Lake in south-central Oregon.

Blue-green algae also contain one of the most concentrated forms of phenylethylamine, which is an important component of a certain neurotransmitter and contributes toward balancing the neurological system and brain.

3. Chlorella: The detox wonder Chlorella is a single-cell algae that can contain up to 50% protein, as well as amino acids and vitamins. It is the richest source of chlorophyll of any food that names chlorella as the ultimate “detox” food. Chlorophyll is a green pigment found in most plants and algae. It is known to have a number of health benefits, including growth and repair of tissues, neutralization of pollutants in the body, assisting the blood in carrying oxygen to cells and tissues, and neutralizing free radicals that do damage to healthy cells. Overall, chlorophyll (and the chlorella superfood that carries it) is an excellent detoxifier.

The three green, algae-based superfoods spirulina, blue-green algae, and chlorella represent a robust and powerful source of nutrients for the body. Together, they offer an abundance of protein for healthy muscles, phenylethylamine for a balanced brain, beta-carotene for eye and bone health, and chlorophyll for tissue repair and overall detoxification. When looking for a power-punch green food combination for your health, these algae-based products are among your most promising options.

By: Billy Merritt

Billy’s Superfoods offers one of the healthiest algae-based superfood formulas anywhere, with ingredients sourced from the most nutrient-rich locations around the world. You can order online at: http://www.billys-superfoods.com/