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Discover the Benefits of Eating Honey

Explore the benefits of eating honey. From antioxidants, to using on wounds and if honey works for hay fever. Please note potential benefits discussed here are from our own customers experiences and anecdotal evidence. There are currently no official health claims that can be made on the UK health claims register.


Honey is a source of antioxidants. Antioxidants help to protect cells in the body from damage from free radicals. Free radicals contribute to the aging process and are implicated in cancer causation and chronic diseases. Increasing amounts of research suggests that certain antioxidants known as polyphenols may help with a range of chronic diseases.

There is however very little research in how antioxidants found in honey may or may not help with chronic diseases.

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Honey has been used on wounds since ancient times. In fact ancient civilisations appear to have respected the benefits of eating and using honey much more than we do in modern times.

Honey was believed to be comparable with conventional treatments for acute wounds and superficial burns and there is a growing body of evidence to support honey for use on wounds. This is based on the anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant and anti-viral properties of honey. If interested to know more please see a recent systematic review evidence for clinical use of Honey in wound healing.

As most of the benefits of honey there is little research and there are currently no official health claims that can be made on the UK health claims register.


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Honey For Hayfever

The link between pollen and hayfever has long been reported, and the fact that honey has pollen in it is thought to be a useful way of taking pollen to combat hayfever. 

There are however no official health claims that can be made on the UK health claims register as to how honey may or may not help with hayfever. 

There are unfortunately very few quality studies into how pollen in honey may help with hayfever. Due in part to the costs of conducting such a large scale study that would be needed.

Anecdotally we have many customers who swear by it, and the reasonings make sense. There is a recent systematic review that demonstrates just how little evidence is out there and that further robust research is needed to quantify any effects of local honey. Unfortunately there is little funding for the sort of high quality and large scale research that is needed to give any meaning to how beneficial honey is for helping with hayfever.

In the meantime we have created an added pollen honey by adding an extra 4% of the weight of the jar of fresh pollen into the honey. The honey preserves the pollen in the same way the bees preserve pollen. This keeps the pollen content of the honey fresh.

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