I have been looking into this and I just see so many reports about raw honey, propolis, pollen, bee venom and Royal Jelly being life giving, rejuvenating, regulatory, and all the rest.
Pliny the Elder in the 1st century A.D. researched the health of people who eat a high proportion of hive products (and were bee keepers) and found many of them living well into the 100's - some until 125 years of age.
I cannot accept the fact that honey is just another 'sugar' - it contains 75 different compounds, some of which have not been identified yet: protein, calcium, phosporus, iron, niacin, vit C, A, complete B's D, E, K, magnesium, sulphur, chlorine, potassium, iodine, sodium, copper, manganese and live enzymes. It also contains high concentrations of hydrogen peroxide and formic acid. Pollen is the best source of protein and rutin (vit P), and is exceptionally high in water soluble vitamins, 9 amino acids and HGH. Royal Jelly contains 10-hydroxy-2-decenoic acid (good for fighting infection), all 8 essential amino acids, hormones, B vits, nucleic acids, sugars, sterols, fatty acids and acetylcholine.
It possesses antibiotic, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, anti-allergenic, laxative, anti-anemic and tonic properties and that is just honey. The other products are even more complex, even more amazing in their ability to regulate and rejuvenate the body.
Hive products were mostly taken in Near-Antiquity in the form of mead; which was made by placing the whole hive (including bees) into hot water and fermenting it with yeast and other medicinal plants. It was called 'nectar of the gods' or ambrosia, the 'brew of poetic inspiration', bees were also a symbol of immortality and wisdom from the otherworld for many cultures such as Ancient Egyptian, Greek, Norse, Celtic, Hindu and the Mithras cult and many African and Australian 'tribes'. Basically wherever bees/honey are found, they are revered.......
Estimates of age place the rock
painting depicted above at
approximately 15,000 years old.
Discovered in the early 1900's in
Valencia , Spain in the Cave of the
Spider (Cueve de la Arana) situated on
the river Cazunta, the painting speaks
of man's long fascination with honey.
Before our ancestors could write, they
recorded this honey hunting event in
bold red paint.
The fact that honey seems to be able to be preserved somewhat indefinitely (re: Stancel's 3,000 old tomb honey) seems to me an indication that it was consumed regularly by our ancestors and for us to avoid it just because we think it must produce an insulin response seems to me to be throwing the baby out with the bath water......
researchers in Belgium noted:
The nutritional tests supervised by the station at Bures on mice have demonstrated that pollen is a complete food, that it is possible to let several generations be born and live without the least sign of distress while nourishing them exclusively on bee pollen.
from Rita Elkins: "Bee Pollen, Royal Jelly, Propolis and Honey" Woodland Publishing 1996
My own experience with honey/pollen: gives me a huge amount of extra energy, it is allergy/skin-clearing and lessens daily sugar and carb cravings.