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11 Health Benefits of Honey

7. Cough Remedy

Studies have shown that honey is effective in helping to reduce the severity of coughs caused by colds and flu. A number of studies with children have found honey to be just as effective as, and in some instances superior to, over the counter cough remedies, with the added benefit that there are no negative side effects. Parents reported that giving their children a spoonful of honey helped to significantly reduce coughing and improve sleeping. Allowing the honey to slowly dissolve in the mouth and trickle down the throat, rather than just swallowing it immediately, gives the best results.