The nat­u­ral en­ergy booster

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Raw honey is pop­u­larly viewed as a nat­u­ral rem­edy for a range of ail­ments.

Meera Mu­ruge­san finds out why

IF some­thing is good and comes from a com­pletely nat­u­ral source, it’s al­ways go­ing to be in de­mand. Honey is a good ex­am­ple. It is known for its health ben­e­fits, given that it con­tains a wide range of vi­ta­mins and min­er­als be­sides cer­tain amino acids. It’s a pow­er­ful antioxidant and boasts anti-bac­te­rial and anti-in­flam­ma­tory prop­er­ties as well.

The an­cient Egyp­tians ac­tu­ally used honey as one of their em­balm­ing flu­ids while the Greeks and Ro­mans ap­plied it to treat burns and wounds. Honey also plays a cru­cial role in the an­cient In­dian art of heal­ing called Ayurveda.

These days, su­per­mar­kets are stocked to the brim with bot­tles of this de­li­cious nec­tar but many con­sumers pre­fer to get it di­rectly from the source.

They want their honey to come straight from the hive as they be­lieve it will not be robbed of its nu­tri­tional value.

Raw, un­pro­cessed or or­ganic are the terms con­sumers look out for, as such honey is viewed as a nat­u­ral rem­edy for a range of ail­ments, from the com­mon cold and cough to flu, sore throat, ton­sil­li­tis and even asthma.

Ap­ple Kew, a 29-year-old en­gi­neer from Malacca, has been con­sum­ing raw honey for the last few years. She says she has seen a marked dif­fer­ence in her im­mune and di­ges­tive sys­tem.

She hardly falls ill and even when she catches a cold, she is able to re­cover fast.

Kew also used to have prob­lems with bloat­ing, gas and con­sti­pa­tion but daily con­sump­tion of raw honey has helped ease the symp­toms.

How­ever, she cau­tions that con­sumers

should al­ways know the source of their honey as there are fake prod­ucts in the mar­ket.

Kew takes a tea­spoon of honey mixed with wa­ter ev­ery morn­ing. Dur­ing the flu sea­son, she dou­bles the dose. If she falls ill, she takes a tea­spoon neat to speed up re­cov­ery.

Ni­cole Lim, a busy mother of two, has seen a marked dif­fer­ence in her en­ergy lev­els since tak­ing raw honey about a year ago.

She doesn’t feel lethar­gic like she used

to when go­ing about her daily chores and er­rands. She be­lieves it’s far bet­ter to in­vest in raw honey for health than to buy bot­tles of sup­ple­ments.

De­scrib­ing raw honey as a “nat­u­ral en­ergy booster”, Lim first tried it as a rem­edy for her daugh­ter who suf­fers from nasal conges­tion and allergies.

“We no­ticed an im­prove­ment in my daugh­ter. Pretty soon, the whole fam­ily started tak­ing it,” she adds.

Her chil­dren, she says, fare much bet­ter these days given the boost to their im­mune sys­tem. They hardly fall ill, even when they come into con­tact with other chil­dren or are in air-con­di­tioned en­vi­ron­ments for long pe­ri­ods.

Lim takes two to three spoons of honey a day while her chil­dren, aged nine and seven, con­sume one to two ta­ble­spoons daily.

She even makes a honey drink to keep in the car which the fam­ily can con­sume when they’re on the go.

“Once you’ve tasted real raw honey, you will be scep­ti­cal of any­thing that doesn’t meet the stan­dards.”

HeaLtH Boost

B. Lil­lian started tak­ing raw honey in early 2015 af­ter hear­ing about its ben­e­fits and do­ing her own re­search on the sub­ject.

Honey helped her el­dest son who was fre­quently falling sick and she now gets her sup­ply from a lo­cal bee farm rec­om­mended by friends and fam­ily.

Lil­lian be­lieves she has a stronger im­mune sys­tem since con­sum­ing honey and says she rarely falls sick now. Even when she does, she bounces back within a day or two. She usu­ally takes one ta­ble­spoon of honey once a day or two to three times daily when she is un­der the weather.

“I also mix it with wa­ter to drink and some­times driz­zle it over pan­cakes and waf­fles.”

V.H Ng, an­other raw honey con­sumer, doesn’t take it daily but only when she has a sore throat or cold. She says it’s a good rem­edy for com­mon ail­ments so her fam­ily al­ways has a bot­tle in their kitchen.

Ju­liana Philip, a 33-year-old mother of two, says raw honey helps her 3-year-old son stay healthy.

When­ever he shows signs of com­ing down with a cold, she gives him raw honey and the symp­toms dis­ap­pear by the sec­ond day.

“Be­cause it’s nat­u­ral, I feel safe giv­ing it to my child. Raw honey pre­vents the com­mon cold from be­com­ing full-blown and prob­lem­atic.”

Ju­liana her­self took raw honey when she had preg­nancy-re­lated rhini­tis. It helped with her symp­toms and she could sleep bet­ter at night.

These days, she takes it reg­u­larly to boost her im­mune sys­tem.

Credit: oloCal­honey.Com

Raw honey has many health

ben­e­fits.

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Con­sumers want their honey har­vested straight from the hive.

Raw honey comes di­rect from the source.

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