Honey straight from the honeycomb has all the main amino acids and necessary B, C, D and E vitamins
Here we see three main amino acids found in honey and some interesting facts regarding them!
Lysine – explains exactly why honey boasts anti-viral properties and we love it in our herbal teas in flu season. Because it holds anti-viral activity! Protecting us from nasty viruses. Lysine is important for intestinal absorption of calcium, B6 and thus promotes bone growth! It also fights fatigue, helps infection and boost immunity. Needing more? Lysine is also found in bean sprouts, watercress, chicken and legumes!
Tyrosine – helps with concentration, memory and cognitive function especially under stressful conditions. It is also known to improve exercise tolerance as well as Increasing alertness. Tyrosine is the precursor to many different hormones one in particular the adreno-cortical hormones, tyrosine’s influence on the adrenal-cortisol pathway explains why it helps with stress, and is often needed in times of adrenal fatigue. Did this spark your interest? Tyrosine is also found in almonds, avocados and bananas!
Phenylalanine – a precursor to tyrosine, making sense why both are abundant in raw honey! This leading to the synthesis of hormones such as noradrenaline, melanin and dopamine to name a few. Making it also a mood enhancer in times of stress or even for PMS as well as aiding in menstrual cramps. Cramps bad? try adding a sprinkle of honey to your almonds which are equally high in phenylalanine. Eggs, lentils and nuts are too!
Honey packs a punch of powerful and essential enzymes
Raw honey is an alkaline forming food helping to maintain a healthy acid/alkaline balance
The alkalising effect in your digestive tract may assist indigestion
Raw honey contains the probiotic bifidobacteria; a good bacteria for gut health.
It’s also a prebiotic, encouraging the growth of healthy bacteria in the digestive tract
Remember – I’m not talking about mass produced sugar ladened honey from the supermarket.
Im talking about local, raw honey. The kind you can’t get in the supermarket. There are an abundance of local farmers markets these days. Research and do your homework and you’ll find some amazing sources of locally grown honey.
Some places I like to buy my honey
If I want to escape Sydney Leura Markets in the Blue mountains are my fav little spot (8-4pm Saturdays)
I also frequent Orange grove farmers markets (8-1pm Saturdays)
Urban bee hive – a honey collective of backyard bee keepers, often different varieties of honey available and I grab mine from The Cornersmith Marrickville – these guys are passionate about bees and sustainable local produce!
Two chaps cafe also do their own honey! This can be found in the Sticky Chai they serve there and we happen to sell Sticky chai here also
My fav cafe ever!
Remember – everything in moderation – don’t go eating a whole jar now.
A spoonful a day will be packed with all your amino acid needs!
And remember, bees are dying, plant some plants to attract them! Lavender and Rosemary are my fav for attracting bees!
With love and sticky fingers