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Why Health Officials Are Recommending Honey For Coughs

Why Health Officials Are Recommending Honey For Coughs

You may have heard that honey and lemon has been used as a traditional remedy for coughs. In new draft guidance, published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and Public Health England, health officials have recommended the use of honey.

What The Health Officials Say

When suffering from acute coughs caused by a cold or flu virus, antibiotics actually make little difference to a person’s symptoms; the body’s natural defence system works to dispel the virus within three weeks and doesn’t need the additional help to do so.

Using antibiotics when not needed will reduce their effectiveness over the long term – when they are needed. When used appropriately, antibiotics help to eradicate disease-causing bacteria, but when used ineffectively (like on cold and flu symptoms), they destroy a wide variety of bacteria, including the ‘good’ bacteria within the body that helps us to digest food, fight infections and generally stay healthy.

With a weaker immune system to play in, drug-resistant bacteria will thrive and spread – passing along their traits to other bacteria that may infect the body, making them resistant to antibiotics too. Over time, this will make diseases harder to treat – and easier to pass on to others2.

These ‘superbugs’ have been causing concern for some time now and professionals have been imploring the industry and the public alike of the dangers of antibiotic overuse and the need to think about using alternatives.

How Manuka Honey with Vitamin C, D and Zinc may support normal function of immune system?

With its sweet and unique flavourings, honey may provide a soothing distraction from a dry throat.

However, not all honey is the same. Although all types of honey do contain beneficial elements such as vitamins, enzymes, and thanks to the presence of hydrogen peroxide, however, their goodness may be compromised by elements such as light, heat, time and commercial processing. Manuka honey is different from regular honey, which naturally contains a chemical called Methylglyoxal (MGO).

In fact, MGO mainly occurs naturally in the Manuka plant. Add to this the fact that the plant itself is only native to New Zealand means that the honey that’s created is one of the most distinctive in the world.

Why not try the goodness of Manuka with Vitamins and Zinc for yourself this Autumn to give your immunity support for the upcoming season?

Support Your Wellbeing With Comvita Manuka honey

Here at Comvita, we have created a number of Manuka honey products that are formulated with Vitamin C, D and Zinc that may contribute to the normal function of immune system.

Our Manuka lozenges offer an ideal support when you’re at your busiest. Formulated with Vitamin C for extra immune support (that also helps to contribute to a healthy diet and the ongoing function of the immune system3). Comvita Manuka Lozenges are also available in blackcurrant and peppermint & menthol flavours.

Our Manuka elixir is a complete natural formula that has been designed to support ongoing wellness for when you may be at your most active during the day, or for when you’re asleep at night. Why not browse our Manuka honey Winter Wellness (for coughs and immune support) range to learn more?

Need To Learn More About Our Natural Health Products? Get In Touch

If you have any further questions about Manuka honey or any other aspect of our product range, you can get in touch with our friendly customer support team by calling 01628 779 460. Alternatively, if you’d like to send us an e-mail, you can so at [email protected]





1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24880005

2. https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2014/02/stop-spread-superbugs

3. https://www.webmd.com/diet/features/the-benefits-of-vitamin-c#1