Past studies have already shown that raw honey is rich in polyphenols and other phytochemicals from plants and flowers. Many people are also aware that eating raw honey is a great homeopathic remedy for seasonal allergies, especially when you’ve moved to a new area. Aside from these benefits, new research has now shown that raw honey may be an excellent probiotic with immune -boosting benefits, as well.
Lactobacillus kunkeei is a probiotic bacterium that was recently discovered among honeybees. Often found in the winemaking process, researchers are intrigued by this probiotic bacteria’s appearance in honeybees, their honey, royal jelly and pollen. This means that, when we eat raw honey, we’re also consuming some probiotics as well.
The probiotics in raw honey are beneficial to humans and help support a healthy immune system. This may be why raw honey has been found to be not only immune-stimulating but antibiotic as well. The Lactobacillus kunkeei, like other probiotics, actually kill invading bad bacteria in order to protect their “territory.”
Raw honey is already delicious and good for you; immune system support is just icing on the cake.