Got a Cough? Scientists Say Pick This Healthy Alternative Over Antibiotics

Written by Alex Reid
Posted August 24, 2020

Hi y’all!

Alex Reid here with your Monday roundup.

Cold season will soon be upon us.

And most folks will reach for the hot soup, lozenges, and pills.

But thanks to a recent study...

But scientists say you may want to rethink the antibiotics...

Their suggested alternative is healthier, cheaper, and best of all...

It has virtually no side effects!

If you’ve been with the Longevity Insider family for some time, you know how I feel about pills: One pill will fix one problem... only to cause three more. Then, those problems will require three other pills. It can be a vicious cycle.

So I was happy to read about this latest revelation from the University of Oxford...

If your grandmother gave you a teaspoon of honey when you were sick as a kid, she may have been onto something.

University of Oxford researchers reviewed 14 suitable clinical trials, which involved 1,761 participants.

These trials compared honey and antibiotics and how each affects those with upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs).

URTIs tend to target the nose, throat, voice box, and the large air passages (bronchi) that lead from the windpipe to the lungs.

Here’s what the researchers had to share: 

Upper respiratory tract infections are the most frequent reason for antibiotic prescription. Since the majority of URTIs are viral, antibiotic prescription is both ineffective and inappropriate.

And that’s why they are pointing their fingers at honey, suggesting it is the safer way to treat upper respiratory tract symptoms:

Honey is a frequently used lay remedy that is well known to patients. It is also cheap, easy to access, and has limited harms. When clinicians wish to prescribe for URTI, we would recommend honey as an alternative to antibiotics... Honey is more effective and less harmful than usual care alternatives and avoids causing harm through antimicrobial resistance.

If you are experiencing sore throats, blocked sinuses, and coughs... honey just might be the answer for you.

This suggestion does come with a warning though: Do not give honey to children under one. 

According to the United Kingdom National Health Service (NHS):

Occasionally, honey contains bacteria that can produce toxins in a baby's intestines, leading to infant botulism, which is a very serious illness.

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To your health,

Alex Reid
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