8 Ways Honey Solves Your Health Woes

This golden liquid has been shown to help fix ailments ranging from a pesky cough to a painful wound.

8 Ways Honey Solves Your Health Woes

The healing power of honey has been known for centuries, but you might be surprised by how many health benefits you can get from this kitchen staple. This golden liquid has been shown to help cure ailments ranging from a pesky cough to a painful wound. On your next trip to your local grocery store, check out honey labeled "raw." Raw honey is the unpasteurized version of more commonly used honey but with added filtration, which mainly helps extend shelf life. Research suggests that raw honey's active phytonutrients — as well as its antibacterial and antifungal properties — contribute to its vast array of health benefits. However, because honey can cause a dangerous disease known as botulism in infants, children under the age of 1 should never consume honey, raw or pasteurized.

Watch: Which Type of Honey Should You Buy?

Naturally Suppresses Coughs

If you're stuck with a cough that won't go away, studies show that honey works as well or better than many over-the-counter cough syrups in soothing it. Honey's thick consistency coats your throat and the sweet taste is thought to trigger certain nerves that make your throat less sensitive to the cough impulse.

Watch: What Your Nagging Cough Tells You

Nuts May Be Your Best Snack to Help Maintain Weight Loss — Here's Why

It could also help lower your heart rate and bad cholesterol.

Is trying to lose weight — and keep it off — driving you nuts? Well, maybe it should drive you to nuts. New findings published in the journal Nutrients highlight the power nuts may have on successful weight loss.

Nuts vs. Pretzels

UCLA researchers put 95 overweight or obese folks ages 30–68 on a diet that provided 500 calories less than needed to maintain their resting metabolic rate for 12 weeks, then maintenance for another 12. The diet included 1.5 ounces of mixed nuts for half the group and pretzels for the others (both "snacks" delivered the same amount of calories).

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