As an investor, you likely often ask yourself this question...
When is it right to sit and wait, and when is it right to sell?
It's one of the most profitable things you can understand about the market...
Sometimes, traders are pouring their money into risky speculations. Other times, they're pulling that money out.
And by staying on the right side of these trends, you set yourself up for big gains. But which side is the right side today? Should you be a bull or a bear?
According to my good friend and colleague Steve Sjuggerud, "The answer isn't that simple, but it's absolutely critical that you get it right."
You probably recognize Steve's name...
He correctly recommended real estate in 2001... China in 2006... U.S. stocks in 2009... and health care stocks in 2011... And he shared his "Melt Up" theory before stocks swung down into a bear market.
Now, after two years, Steve is back with his latest call...
Steve says a potential massive reset is about to shake up Wall Street to a shocking degree, and the aftermath could shape your financial future for the next decade or more.
He'll share all the details of what's happening, how to protect yourself, and how to profit on January 31.
Now, let's get into some of the things you've had on your minds this week. As always, keep sending your comments, questions, and topic suggestions to [email protected]. We read every e-mail.
Q: I try not to eat much sugar, but I do put some honey in unsweetened Greek yogurt. What do you think about honey? Thanks. – B.K.
A: Natural honey is a very nutritious food with healing properties. Ancient Chinese, Egyptian, Greek, Assyrian, and Roman cultures all used honey as medicine. And today, it's still used as medicine in some health traditions – like Ayurvedic medicine, where honey may be recommended to treat indigestion, coughs, and insomnia... and for keeping your teeth and gums healthy.
Studies show that honey:
- Heals wounds
- Is antiviral and antimicrobial
- Fights inflammation
- Protects against cancer
- Lowers blood pressure
- Is anti-diabetic
- Aids in weight loss
- Promotes heart health
- Is probiotic and prebiotic
While I also use honey as a sweet treat in my tea or yogurt, it's important to know that not all honey is equally healthy for you...
Honey comes in more than 300 varieties. The various types can be categorized based on three things:
- Its texture (whether liquid, granulated, creamed, chunked, or comb honey)
- The level of processing (raw, unpasteurized, or pasteurized)
- Whether it's produced by bees that drink nectar from only one species of flower (unifloral) or from multiple flower species (multifloral)
Just like all other foods, the less your honey is processed, the better it is for you. Raw honey comes straight from the honeycombs in the hive. Once extracted, it's lightly filtered and jarred right away. Unlike unpasteurized and pasteurized varieties of honey, raw honey is not heated, so it still contains all of its nutritional components (i.e., vitamins and minerals). Unpasteurized honey is slightly heated during processing, so most of its nutrition stays intact.
Pasteurized honey, however, is exposed to high heat during processing. This gives the honey a smoother texture by destroying the naturally occurring yeast. However, it also destroys most of the nutritional components as well. This means pasteurized honey contains fewer antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, bee pollen, bee propolis, and healthy enzymes than raw or unpasteurized honey.
So don't cheat yourself out of the benefits of honey by buying the pasteurized stuff. It's not pasteurized in order to remove bacteria like we see with dairy products (bacteria can't actually reproduce in honey because of its low moisture content). It just makes the honey look better – translucent and smooth, as opposed to cloudy and opaque (due to nutritional components).
Meanwhile, the specific flower nectar that the bees ingest will determine which beneficial plant nutrition is present in the honey. For instance, manuka honey has wound-healing and antibacterial properties. Alfalfa honey improves digestion and can treat anemia, diabetes, and fever. And buckwheat honey protects you from the effects of aging (oxidative stress) and has high bactericidal properties (it can kill methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or "MRSA").
So do what I do... Skip the processed junk and buy raw, unprocessed local honey. Then use it in small quantities to help satisfy your sweet tooth. You can also boost the flavor of your Greek yogurt by adding some fresh fruit – like blueberries – and unsalted mixed nuts and seeds.
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Here's to our health, wealth, and a great retirement,
Dr. David Eifrig and the Health & Wealth Bulletin Research Team
January 27, 2023