5 Proven Benefits of Acacia Honey

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If you are looking for a specialized type of honey, acacia honey is widely considered one of the best kinds of honey in the world, provided it is authentic. However, before you add any new healthy food to your diet, it is wise to understand what it contains, as well as the possible health benefits it may provide.

What is Acacia Honey?

Acacia honey, like many other specialized organic kinds of honey, is derived purely from the nectar of the black locust tree flowers, which is native to North America. Known as a “false acacia”, this tree is also present in Europe. Bearing a mildly sweet flavor, this variety of honey is highly sought after around the world. It is almost clear, like liquid glass, and is a pure, organic form of honey that hasn’t been processed, heated or pasteurized in any way.

This type of honey is very good for culinary applications, and can also be used for a number of medicinal purposes, due to the rich nutrients and antioxidants that it contains.

A jar and of acacia honey with a wooden stirrer and white flowers on a wooden tray

Acacia honey remains in the liquid form for a longer duration than normal honey. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Acacia Honey Health Benefits

There are a number of impressive acacia honey health benefits, including its ability to boost skin health, prevent chronic diseases, support the immune system, increase energy and speed weight loss, among others.

Skin Care

The rich supply of minerals found in every type of honey, including iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, and copper, as well as vitamin C and other antioxidants, can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, soothe inflammation, and decrease the appearance of scars, blemishes, and burns when topically applied.

Lowers Blood Sugar

Although most people worry about their blood sugar being too high, acacia honey can help lower the blood sugar. Also, hypoglycemia is a dangerous condition, and eating acacia honey can deliver a concentrated burst of carbohydrates to your system that will balance your blood sugar levels.

Prevents Chronic Diseases

The antioxidants found in all types of honey are particularly good at seeking out free radicals throughout the body and reducing the negative impacts of oxidative stress. This can lower cellular mutation and reduce your risk of chronic diseases, such as arthritis.

Boosts Immune System

Acacia honey possesses hydrogen peroxide naturally, as do many other forms of honey, and this is a powerful antibacterial component. It can help prevent infections throughout the body and relieve strain on your immune system.

Weight Loss

Many people use acacia honey to help with weight loss efforts; particularly when mixed with water or milk, it can help satisfy your sweet tooth, and also make you feel full, which will reduce unnecessary snacking. This honey can also stimulate the metabolism, further aiding weight loss efforts.

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Where to buy Acacia Honey?

When buying this honey, you should be careful that you are purchasing a pure, authentic variety, as there are many processed products claiming to be acacia honey. The best place to buy acacia honey is directly from a beekeeper, who sources the honey directly from the beehive. However, there are also reliable distributors and companies that make this honey for larger natural health food stores and big box stores.

Difference: Acacia Honey & Manuka Honey

The primary difference between acacia honey and manuka honey is the source of the nectar that the bees turn into honey. When it comes to acacia honey, the nectar is sourced from the black locust tree, whereas manuka honey is made from nectar from the manuka flower. The latter form of honey is also produced and distributed exclusively out of New Zealand, whereas acacia honey is often produced and distributed in Europe and North America.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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