If your mother told you to eat honey or drink honey water, she was onto something. For centuries, honey has been known to have many health benefits. Honey contains antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, proteins. With these components, honey can provide immune, antibacterial, digestive and allergy health support among other things.
There are some laboratory studies suggesting that honey such as the one in Bee’s Water can be used for pollen induced allergies.
Perhaps the most notable use of honey is for common cold. Multiple clinical studies, including one conducted at Penn State University suggest that use of honey such as the one in Bee’s Water cleared up symptoms of common cold better than dextromethorphan and diphenhydramine (the active ingredient of some of the popular cold medicines you buy at the pharmacy). In fact, in one of the studies, honey even made the children sleep better.
Centuries ago Greek Olympians would eat honey to improve their athletic performance such as endurance and recovery. The honey such as the one in Bee’s Water provides a lasting energy source that is good for athletic activity more than refined sugar or high fructose corn syrup.
It is a generally accepted knowledge that honey should be avoided in infants up to 1 year of age. In fact experts and pediatricians caution against giving honey to infants less than one year old. This is due to the risk of botulism. While honey is okay to be consumed by older kids and adults, infants under a year old may not have the immune system to defend against botulism.