FWIW - i've had some success taking honey to curtail my alergy symptoms. My whole adult life starting in around March and carrying through to about July I've suffered with allergies. I've taken pretty mucl all the OTC meds and they work to one extent or another, but only for a few weeks as i seem to build a resistance to them. When I tried honey, I noticed it took the "edge" off my symptoms - often allowing me to get by without daily pills. It didn't "cure" or "immunize" me, but it definitely makes a difference and allows me to cut back on the Allegra, Benadryl and other chemical remedies and substitute a natural one. YMMV
Looks like there's no solid answer on whether local honey helps.
I was curious about the methodology but didn't find a free version of the whole paper; I did, however, find a Master's thesis that evaluated both the study you linked to as well as a more recent one, and the overall results are inconclusive. In addition, the earlier study only tracked participants for 30 weeks. Meanwhile, allergy shots are generally expected to take longer to have a noticeable impact: the Mayo Clinic says that allergy symptoms "usually improve during the first year of treatment, but the most noticeable improvement often happens during the second year."
Nature Wanderer makes a good point about the different types of pollen, however. A super common allergen in the Bay Area is mountain cedar, which propagates over wind rather than relying on bees.
Wow, kzeta, great post. It sounds like you know your stuff. Welcome to Cake! 🎉
Really interesting insight. I didn't even think about the honey's effect over the long-term scale such as a year plus as you've pointed out. Perhaps it is that most people would seek immediate relief and the honey just isn't great at treating symptoms, but could be a great solution for actually getting rid of allergies altogether instead of relying on allergy shots.
Definitely need to ponder on this some more and do further research 🤔.
Thank you for bringing this to light @kzeta!
I never even knew that it was supposed to help with allergies! I just eat it because I love it. With peanut butter on a sandwich; on a slice of fresh french bread with soft butter; mixed into Greek yogurt with summer fruits.... yum. And I figure it's probably not as bad for you as refined white sugar, in moderation.