Thursday, March 10, 2011

Honey to Fight Allergies?

Can eating locally grown honey combat those spring allergies? I decided to research this question and found a variety of answers from those who swear by it to those who say it's only a myth. Couldn't find any results from a scientific study. For now it seems to be just a theory, not a scientific fact.

According to this post at Mother Nature Network - "Your local bees are most likely to collect pollen from the local flowers in your area. That pollen will end up in small amounts in the honey produced. By ingesting that honey on a regular basis, the person eating the honey will build up immunity to the pollens from the flowers in their local region. It’s sort of like a vaccine taken little by little."
(Source: http://www.mnn.com/health/allergies/blogs/does-local-honey-diminish-allergies)

Sounds logical to me.

Of course those who disagree are those who have something to gain by promoting vaccines and selling antihistamines in tablet form.

What do you think? Do you suffer from allergies? Have you ever tried locally grown honey as a remedy? 2 teaspoons a day just might keep the allergies away. Worth a shot (no pun intended)...don't you think?

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