Why buckwheat honey?

Natural Medicinal Properties

honey on spoon

Though honey has been used medicinally since ancient times, researchers have just recently began to look at its effect on our health.

One particular study compared the effectiveness of pure buckwheat honey against a dose of over-the-counter cough suppressant with dextromethorphan or a placebo treatment. Testing children at an average of 5 years old, parents were sent home with one of three treatments and asked to rate their children's symptoms before they took the treatment at night and after they had taken the treatment when they woke up in the morning. The results? Buckwheat honey ranked highest!

Though doctors and researchers cannot give a definite explanation of how honey works yet, they believe it is due to the following naturally occurring properties it possesses:

  • Demulcent - Honey helps create a soothing coat over the throat.
  • Antioxidant - Honey helps protect cells and repair damage that has already occurred. Buckwheat honey in particular contains a wealth of antioxidants.
  • Antimicrobial - Honey helps kill or inhibit the growth of microorganisms like bacteria.
  • Immune Enhancing - Honey promotes a boost in beneficial cytokine cells which enhance immune response in the body.

Without drugs, synthetics, additives or any sort of human interference, buckwheat honey provides a wide range of natural medicinal properties!

Made from Buckwheat Flowers

buckwheat flowers

Buckwheat honey is honey that is made exclusively from the pollen and nectar of buckwheat - a misleading name for a plant which is not actually wheat and contains no gluten! Rather, the "wheat" part of its name refers to its similar purpose. The seeds are used as an alternative to wheat flours.

Rich Flavor Experience

Small Girl taking medicine

Honey connoisseurs are entranced with the unique look, smell and flavor of buckwheat honey. A very deep coppery brown tone, a pleasant earthy scent like fresh hay, and a rich, malty, almost chocolate flavor are hallmarks of high quality buckwheat honey, you'll find in Honey Don't Cough.

SOURCE: World of Honey. Web. 29 Sept. 2011. "Buckwheat Honey."
http://world-of-honey.com/honey-products/buckwheat-honey.

Dark Is Good

Dark Honey

Nutrient analysis has shown that when it comes to honey, the darker it is, the more healthful it is too - and buckwheat honey is the darkest honey you can get!

Compared with the average light honey, the average dark honey packs about:

  • 3 times the Iron
  • 8 times the Potassium
  • 13 times the Manganese

SOURCE: Donner, Landis W. BEEKEEPING IN THE UNITED STATES AGRICULTURE HANDBOOK NUMBER 335. By J. W. White, Jr. 82-91. Print.

Antioxidant Power

Antioxidant power

As if good looks, rich taste and impressive nutrient content weren't enough to boast, buckwheat honey is rich in antioxidants as well. Not only does buckwheat honey offer almost 6 times the antioxidant power the palest honey has, buckwheat honey has actually been shown to help them work in our bodies!

In a study comparing participants that drank plain water, black tea or water with buckwheat honey - only those that drank the water with buckwheat honey had a serum antioxidant capacity that was significantly higher - a 7% boost! Water and tea did nothing.

SOURCE: Buckwheat Honey Increases Serum Antioxidant Capacity in Humans
(http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf025897t)

Honey Through History

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Euphrates Valley, Circa 2000 BC - A prescription that is thought to be for skin infection was found written on a clay tablet saying "Grind to a powder river dust... (here words are missing)...then knead it in water and honey and let plain oil and hot cedar oil be spread over it".

China, Circa 2000 BC - Honey is mentioned in literature as having prime medical value.

Indus and Ganges Valleys, Circa 1000 BC - Text from the sacred books of The Veda reads "Let one take honey... to beautify his appearance, develop his brain faculty and strengthen his body."

Egypt, Circa 1550 BC - The Ebers Papyrus includes 147 prescriptions calling for honey. Many were used to dress wounds, sores and other skin ailments.

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Italy, Circa 360 AD - Saint Ambrose says "The fruit of the Bees is desired of all, and is equally sweet to Kings and Beggars and it is not only pleasing but profitable and healthful, it sweetens their mouthes, cures their wounds and convaies remedies to inward Ulcers."

Saudi Arabia, 610 AD - The Koran says of bees "There proceedeth from their bellies a liquor of various colour, wherein is medicine for men." And in it Mohammed pronounces "Honey is a remedy for all dis-eases."

1446 - Despite suppression of all medical knowledge and intervention by the church, a surgical treatise from that time included a prescription for cleansing ulcers using honey.

England, 1623 - Rev. Charles Butler wrote The Feminine Monarchie in which he lists the medicinal uses of honey, including cleansing and disinfecting, a gargle for sore throats, a nourishing restorative, and a cough medicine.

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Late 1600's - Honey included in thousands of skin care products and is common cough remedy.

England, 1759 - John Hill, M.D. writes the first book written solely on the topic of honey, titled The virtues of honey in preventing many of the worst disorders; particularly the gravel, asthmas, coughs, hoarseness and a tough morning phlegm.

1940 - The presence of an antibacterial activity in honey was first reported and confirmed.

2007 - Buckwheat honey is found to be more effective in addressing cough than conventional cough medicines containing dextromethorphen!

SOURCE: Jones, Richard. "Honey and Healing through the Ages." Journal of ApiProduct and ApiMedical Science (2009): 2-5. Web. 29 Sept. 2011.

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