The Greek island of Ikaria, located 30 miles west of Turkey, is home to some of the longest living people in the world, many of whom reached 100 or older with few physical or cognitive impairments. Unsurprisingly, the Mediterranean diet is a staple for longevity of body and mind. But a sugary spoonful of locally-sourced honey is part of a healthy diet among Ikarians. Whether it's stirred into their morning tea or eaten directly by the tablespoon, Ikarians reportedly consume a bit of honey at least twice a day.
While it's certainly tempting to book a flight to Greece for some island-hopping, there's an easier, more affordable way to find Ikarian honey. Many retailers, like Etsy and Amazon, carry the longevity-loving nectar online, allowing you to buy it from anywhere in the world.
Where to buy Ikarian honey, the 'liquid gold' for longevity
The sticky nectar is loaded with natural proteins and antibacterial enzymes to support gut health and promote healing. It's also loaded with antioxidants to boost immunity and reduce inflammation, and—thanks to its pollen content—can help with relief from allergies.
The longevity-supporting powers of Ikarian honey in particular remain a bit of a mystery. One theory is that, since there's no commercial farming on the Greek island, its more natural than processed honey. The pollen and nectar collected by the island's bees is "free of chemicals and pesticides normally found in commercial or private farming," according to a special report from CBS News. "And unlike most honey sold in the U.S., Ikarian honey is also unheated, unfiltered, and unpasteurized – all processes which can destroy the natural vitamins and minerals." And, if that coveted jar turns into crystallized honey, don't worry; you can easily warm it up to transform it back to its liquid gold state.
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