Nature's extract beats cough and other cold symptoms
September 01, 2012
Volume 2 | Issue 68
Last week, I felt a cold coming on in the middle of the day. It’s a miserable feeling, as you feel like you’re powerless to stop the coming misery. But you’re not, there’s a simple trick you can use that can stop the cold in its tracks.
As soon as I felt the symptoms coming on, I went to the cupboard and pulled out the raw apple cider vinegar and raw local honey. I took one teaspoon of the honey, mixed it with a tablespoon of the vinegar, and then added a little bit (about 3-4 oz.) of warm water to dissolve the honey and dilute the taste of the vinegar. Then I drank it up and repeated it a few hours later.
The next day when I woke up, I expected to have a runny nose and cough. I didn’t have either. The symptoms I felt coming on were completely gone.
Does it work every time? No, but it almost always shortens the duration of the cold. And, more importantly, it helps keep my coughing to a minimum. And now a new study shows why.
In this study, researchers gave honey or a placebo to 300 children with upper respiratory tract infections. Those taking the honey took one of three products – either eucalyptus honey, citrus honey, or labiatae honey. They took their assigned treatment 30 minutes before bed.
The researchers gave the parents a survey to complete the night of the treatment and again the day after treatment. The survey asked about sleep quality, as well as cough frequency and severity.
The researchers found that all of the groups, even the placebo group, experienced significant improvements. However, the nutrients in the honey helped all of the honey groups experience the largest improvements. The honey was particularly helpful with sleep quality and cough frequency.
There are a lot of studies on honey’s ability to fight infection, both topically and internally. Nature’s extract is one of the best cold fighters around, especially if you take it as soon as symptoms appear. The best honey is Manuka honey, but this study showed that just about any honey will work. Buckwheat honey has shown significant strength in fighting coughs from the common cold.
Whichever honey you choose, make sure you have some around when the cold symptoms hit. It could save you a lot of misery.
Your Insider for better health,
Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.
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Cohen HA, Rozen J, Kristal H, et al. Effect of Honey on Nocturnal Cough and Sleep Quality: A Double-blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Study. Pediatrics. 2012 Aug 6. View Abstract
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