Antiinflammatory or not?
by Dan W
I recently got a nice jar of delicious unpasteurized, fresh raw state unfiltered, organic honey. Woo!
Your website says that this kind of honey, raw honey is anti-inflammatory.
I have rheumatoid arthritis, and am extremely sensitive to food, for better or for worse. If a food is anti-inflammatory (like kale, or salmon), I know it an hour after I eat it. Likewise, if something is inflammatory (sugar, chicken, bread, etc.) I know it soon too.
I think the sugar in honey, whether it is raw or not, is enough to be inflammatory. I've been using this raw honey and it has treated my joints just like sugar has: badly.
Sure, it may provide enzymes and more vitamins and minerals, but ... to make the claim that it decreases inflammation is downright wrong. I'd like you to prove me otherwise.
It is certainly possible that even the best raw honey is inflammatory to your body. It doesn't surprise me that in a condition like rheumatism, the body reacts badly to even a small amount of natural sugar. Sugar can trigger an immune response, and in your case with an overactive immune system, this is likely what is happening.
We try to state health benefits on the site that apply to most people and for most people, raw honey is not inflammatory and actually has anti-inflammatory properties. But it is not anti-inflammatory for everyone nor is bee pollen good for every body. We have people who have bad reactions to bee pollen and royal jelly as well but in the large majority of cases, the positive benefits are what most people experience.
You sound well educated on your condition and 'in tune' with your body so you probably don't need me to recommend you stop consuming the honey. In fact, you'd likely do well to consume virtually no sugars at all and stick to a diet based on lean proteins, vegetables and essential fat containing foods.
Let me ask you Dan, do fruits irritate your condition?