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Can honey lessen seasonal allergy symptoms?

3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology

In brief: Probably not

"Natural healing" studies generate a huge amount of junk data and then get hyped.
Honey is basically invert sugar, empty calories. Don't look to this for any real help for allergies, but address these difficult problems in a way that is likely to work.

In brief: Probably not

"Natural healing" studies generate a huge amount of junk data and then get hyped.
Honey is basically invert sugar, empty calories. Don't look to this for any real help for allergies, but address these difficult problems in a way that is likely to work.
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Dr. Brent Bauer
Integrative Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Probably not

Honey has been anecdotally reported to lessen symptoms in people with seasonal allergies.
But these results haven't been consistently duplicated in clinical studies. Still the idea isn't so far-fetched. Honey has been studied as a cough suppressant and may have anti-inflammatory effects. In addition, some experts point out that honey can contain traces of flower pollen — an allergen. And one treatment for allergies is repeated exposure to small amounts of allergens. For now, however, it appears that honey may just be a sweet placebo. But don't let that stop you from using it in food and beverages. Just don't give honey to children younger than 1 year because of the risk of infant botulism, a rare but serious form of food poisoning. Ozone air purifiers.

In brief: Probably not

Honey has been anecdotally reported to lessen symptoms in people with seasonal allergies.
But these results haven't been consistently duplicated in clinical studies. Still the idea isn't so far-fetched. Honey has been studied as a cough suppressant and may have anti-inflammatory effects. In addition, some experts point out that honey can contain traces of flower pollen — an allergen. And one treatment for allergies is repeated exposure to small amounts of allergens. For now, however, it appears that honey may just be a sweet placebo. But don't let that stop you from using it in food and beverages. Just don't give honey to children younger than 1 year because of the risk of infant botulism, a rare but serious form of food poisoning. Ozone air purifiers.
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