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! I love almond milk, avocado, banana and honey smoothies! YUM!!
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!
Other facts about honey…
- 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.
I’m talking about local, raw or manuka honey. The kind you can’t get in the supermarket but you can get at Mr.Vitamins. There are also an abundance of local farmers markets these days. Research and do your homework and you’ll find some amazing sources of locally grown honey.
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 honey chai tea
Sarah Jane Fehlberg
About Sarah | Naturopath
Sarah Jane Fehlberg has worked in the health industry for some 15 years and listening, mentoring, educating and motivating the people around her comes naturally, her bubbly nature along with her immense natural aptitude to CARE supports and guides you through your journey to health. Sarah will hold the space and time for you and give you the tools you need to achieve the ultimate result – your best health and wellbeing!