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Manuka honey helps fight allergies and hay fever, expert claims

The Independent logo The Independent 15/05/2018 Sabrina Barr

Manuka honey helps fight allergies and hay fever, expert claims. © Shutterstock

Manuka honey helps fight allergies and hay fever, expert claims.

For those who suffer from hay fever, enjoying all that summer has to offer is far easier said than done.

As beautiful as the weather can be, attempting to make the most of it can seem fruitless when you have to simultaneously endure a runny nose, itchy eyes and a persistent cough.

While it’s important to consult your doctor so that they can recommend the ideal medication to help you cope with your hay fever, an expert claims that regularly consuming manuka honey could also help soothe your symptoms.

a cup of coffee: Honey. © Independent Digital News & Media Honey. Tracy Lockwood, a registered dietitian based in New York City, detailed how the MGL (methylglyoxal) that’s found in manuka honey can prove extremely beneficial for those experiencing a runny nose as a result of hay fever. 

“The active ingredient, MGL methylglyoxal, has been shown to be effective for treatments against nasal mucus - which is [one of the symptoms] you experience when you have allergies,” she told Well+Good.

“The direct relationship isn’t pegged to allergies, but manuka honey’s active ingredient can be an effective treatment for nasal mucus regardless of its source, whether it’s a cold, flu, allergies, or respiratory infection.”

Methylglyoxal can also be referred to as MGO on jars of manuka honey. Manuka honey contains far greater quantities of MGO than normal honey, as True Honey Co. explains.

You can still rely on a spoonful of standard honey in your evening chamomile tea to help clear your nose and make you make you feel more relaxed.

However, chances are that a spoonful of manuka honey could prove far more effective.

“Honey in general can kill the bacteria in our bodies and in biofilms, which are communities of cells sticking to surfaces in our mucuses,” said Ms Lockwood.

“Manuka honey can be used medicinally because of that MGL and will go the extra mile, but regular raw honey can help.”

Providing hay fever and cold sufferers with a bit of light relief isn’t the only supposed advantage of manuka honey.

While many of the benefits of manuka honey are still speculatory, it can apparently be used to help treat burns and wounds, as stated by the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database.

Furthermore, some individuals even claim that the sweet substance can be used as a treatment for acne.

Related: Stop sneezing! Try these 10 tips to keep pollen allergy at bay

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