A solution for your pollen allergies? Beekeepers recommend local honey

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(April 20, 2016) -- Pollen counts are high this time of year.

So the question becomes, how do you cope? If you’re looking for a natural treatment, some believe raw honey bottled in your neighborhood brings relief.

One such believer is Paul Hekimian. He is an urban beekeeper with a nonprofit group called Honey Love. His backyard is full of rescued bee swarms and he says this honey is in high demand.

“It’s like liquid gold,” says Hekimian. “It does help them, the kids and parents. And they tell me it’s really helping their allergies.”

He says local raw honey carries the very pollen that makes noses tickle and eyes water. So eating it, he says, helps build the body’s tolerance to the pollen.

“The bees are pollinating on the things that you’re allergic to. So the theory is, if you’re going to eat the honey that’s in your local environment, it will help offset those allergies. Ask yourself, from my house what’s the five-mile radius and find a bee keeper within that range that’s selling their local honey.”

Honey has not been scientifically proven to reduce allergies, but some believe a spoonful a day improves health. Also, unprocessed honey should not be given to infants or anyone with severe pollen allergies.

For more on whether raw honey brings relief from allergies click here.

4 Your Health is presented by American Senior Communities

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