Health Benefits of Honeycomb

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Honeycomb is believed to have health benefits related to decreasing seasonal allergies and relieving sinus congestion. Find out how studies have not proved health benefits with information from a licensed dietitian in this free video on healthy nutrition.

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My name is Christine Marquette and I'm a registered and licensed dietitian with Marquette Nutrition and Fitness and I'm going to talk to you about the health benefits of honeycomb. Honeycomb has actually been reported to help with decreasing seasonal allergies. This is known as an old Vermont remedy where you actually chew on a honeycomb and it is supposed to help relieve our sinuses being stuffy, that congested feeling, that overall scratchy itchiness that you get with seasonal allergies that you get with ragweed or seed or any type of airborne pollen that is associated with a plant. It has also been said that honey itself can help reduce allergy symptoms as well. Now unfortunately there is not a lot of research that has actually been done on this. There really isn't any scientific proof that it can help relieve allergy symptoms but there really isn't anything wrong with chewing on honeycomb or trying to use honey to see if it does help relieve your allergy symptoms. The thought behind it is that because the bees are pollinating the plants and then producing the honey that if you use it it is almost in a sense like vaccine that if you ingest that small amount your body will develop an immunity to whatever is causing the allergic reaction so it is very important that it is something local that it is local honeycomb or that it is local honey but again this is something that is a bit of an old wive's tale. It may very well prove out that it does work but right now we don't actually have any studies that say for a fact that it does help reduce allergy symptoms but again if it is something that you want to try there really isn't a risk to it. You can definitely try the honey itself or try chewing the honeycomb but again it is important that it is local. You can generally find this in health food stores. Very often they will carry honeycomb. It is not something that you would generally find in a regular grocery store. Sometimes some farmer's markets that have local bee keepers they will also have it available there. So if you want to try honeycomb or the honey from a local bee keeper to actually relieve your allergy symptoms you are more than welcome to do so but again it may or may not work for you. There really isn't any proof one way or the other.

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