‘Composition of honey’

What gives honey its antimicrobial power?

honey has powerful antimicrobial powers

Why is honey antimicrobial? Its components make it like that. There are components that induce an indirect antimicrobial action, the microbial infection being fought by its immuno-activating, anti-inflammatory and prebiotic activity, and components or features that induce a direct antimicrobial activity. This one is given by 2 types of antimicrobial activity, generally accepted in honey: hydrogen peroxide activity and non-peroxide activity. Hydrogen peroxide activity Honey produces hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) through an enzyme called GLUCOSE OXIDASE (called inhibine in the past). It is added by the bees in the… Read More

Natural antioxidants in honey. Do we really need antioxidant supplements?

antioxidants present in honey

Are antioxidants really good for us? Which are the best: from supplements or from food? Does honey have antioxidants? This article will cover all these and much more. There is a whole new obsession with antioxidants. There are tons of supplements with antioxidants. Naturopathic doctors, as well as medical doctors, tell us to take antioxidants as our body needs them. I think my question here is quite legit: Why? My grandmother did not take them and she is 96 years old… Read More

What are the enzymes present in raw honey? Why are they important?

are enzymes in honey important?

What’s all the fuss with raw honey vs pure honey and its enzymes? Are they the reason we need to buy expensive honey instead of cheap one? With all this awareness of honey and bees, and all this almost psychotic obsession for natural, raw and organic food, raw honey has gained a lot of popularity among people. Why so popular? Mainly because “raw” is now promoted on numberless blogs, which copy or rewrite the same text over and over, polishing their words with… Read More

What is honeydew honey?

honeydew honey the best antioxidant honey

Honeydew honey should not be considered to be a type of honey made from melons. They are also called honeydew, but have nothing to do with the honey. So, what is honeydew honey? A type of honey made from the “blood” of our trees. Their sap. You’ll see. Honeys are classified in 2 major categories. The first category gathers all blossom honeys, which are made from nectar. The second category refers to honeys made from trees, and this doesn’t mean the flowers of… Read More

Are there vitamins in honey? Er, NO?!

honey has 6 vitamins: b1, b2, b3, b5, b6 and C

There are no vitamins in honey?? Well, almost. “Honey” is a generic word. It represents a class, including as many types of honey as many flowers exist. Or trees, because honey can be made from drops of dew, found on the trees. We cannot possibly compare a chamomile with a fir tree, or a cactus. How can we compare chamomile honey with fir tree honey? We cannot. But we CAN talk about an average, we can compare the tests made in time,… Read More