If you ask a group of people about natural remedies for seasonal allergies, you'll likely hear one or two assertions that eating locally-sourced honey can reduce allergy symptoms. The thinking is that bees infuse local allergens into the honey produced in their hives. When people ingest this honey, the pollen serves as a type of antidote or "vaccine" against problematic local allergens, thus reducing symptoms.
This is a pretty substantial claim, and many people swear by eating local honey for their allergy symptoms. But we're curious: What does the research really say?
Interestingly, science doesn't exactly support the hype about local honey as an allergy antidote. According to United Allergy Services, the amount of pollen in honey is negligible and does not provide consumers with measurable relief from their symptoms. In fact, research studies indicate that there is no symptom difference between consumers who eat local honey, commercially-produced honey or a placebo.
Essentially, this means that all the people who swear by local honey for their seasonal allergy symptoms are probably just experiencing a placebo effect.
Thankfully, you don't have to despair by tossing your raw or local honey. Honey may not directly reduce your seasonal allergy symptoms, but it can boost your overall health so you'll be less prone to the infections and illnesses that mimic and exacerbate allergies. According to Dr. Rallie McAllister, science actually supports the following benefits of local honey:
You can feel good about adding local honey to your daily routine to improve your overall health. While it may not directly reduce your seasonal allergy symptoms, local honey will absolutely make you feel better and less prone to the illnesses and inflammation that can make allergies worse.
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