Cold and flu season is in full swing and you or your family may be plagued with a nasty cough. Reuters wrote about a new study from Pennsylvania State University that found honey helps ease a nighttime cough and improves sleep. The researchers compared buckwheat honey to the cough syrup ingredient dextromethorphan, and honey was the clear winner in easing a cough and catching ZZZs! I don’t know about you, but I would much rather ingest a spoonful of honey than the nasty bright red or green chemical cough syrup. Yuck!
The study’s authors said the sweet and syrupy characteristics of honey are soothing on the throat. In addition, the high antioxidant content and antimicrobial effects of honey could also be responsible for relieving coughs.
Honey has even more benefits! MSNBC reported on a study that revealed buckwheat honey prevents LDL cholesterol from forming plaque in your arteries. In addition, there is tons of evidence proving that you can reduce your allergy and asthma symptoms by eating local honey. Google search “honey and allergies” to get the proof.