I'm not sure if this should be in Food, or in Old wive's tales, but i've heard from my parents that eating honey from local apiaries helps control your allergies (I'm assuming from plant material, not dog dander or dust). Is this a myth or fact?
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I'm not doing much better on Pubmed, either. Whereas using phrases like "oral tolerance allergies" or "oral tolerance food allergies" bring lots of relevant references, as soon as I add "honey" to the mix I get bupkus.
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I have heard that, too. Apparently, it is supposed to work much like an allergy injection, in that you are exposed, and build up a tolerance to, local pollens. It sounds plausible, but I have no idea whether it is true or not. I have witnessed a friend having an allergic reation to local unpasteurized honey.
I have heard that it can help lessen the severity of (yes, plant/flower) allergies. Honey is made from pollen. Pollen comes from flowers or flowering plants. Therefore it would only be good for specific allergies to those plants that contributed to the manufacture of the honey. For example, eating orange blossom honey would be NBG to someone with wildflower allergies.
I've not heard that it can cure diddly... just make it less horrible.
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quote:"Oral desensitization in children" Allerg Asthma (Leipz). 1965;11(3):118-23. German. No abstract available. PMID: 5867104 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
"Hay fever and transitory hypertonia following honey injections." Dtsch Gesundheitsw. 1953 Feb 5;8(6):166. Undetermined Language. No abstract available. PMID: 13067710 [PubMed - OLDMEDLINE for Pre1966]
"Resultant therapeutic method variations in pollen allergy with special consideration of oral desensitizing of pollen allergic children with honey." Praxis. 1957 Aug 15;46(33):717-21. German. No abstract available. PMID: 13484687 [PubMed - OLDMEDLINE for Pre1966]
Unfortunately, they are all in German and they are all old. The search was simply "honey pollen allergy"
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Honey actually comes from nectar. But that nectar does come from flowering plants. Bees also collect pollen, and there is a small amount of pollen in the honey from them carrying it around on their little bodies, but honey is mostly concentrated nectar. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honey
quote:Originally posted by Rhiandmoi: Honey actually comes from nectar. But that nectar does come from flowering plants. Bees also collect pollen, and there is a small amount of pollen in the honey from them carrying it around on their little bodies, but honey is mostly concentrated nectar. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honey