The various healing properties of honey have been shown to mitigate discomfort related to gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Medical officials claim that the unique combination of antimicrobial and viscous properties honey possesses makes it an ideal candidate for treating symptoms of acid reflux disease.
Acid reflux disease occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter no longer functions properly. This allows acidic liquids to rise without warning, causing the common uncomfortable burning sensation people with acid reflux may experience.
Experts believe that honey can provide a layer of protective coating.
“Honey is widely used in Ayurveda and has medicinal values,” say the authors of “Esophagus: Heartburn and Honey,” a recent study conducted to see if honey could help with symptoms of acid reflux.
According to researchers, honey may be capable of forming a barrier that acts to prevent acid reflux.
“We have recently demonstrated that when five milliliters of honey is poured on the side wall of a glass tube placed vertically in a water bath, the time taken to traverse the tube was more.”
Officials noted that after a period of three minutes and 50 seconds, the honey remained adherent to the inner walls of the glass. This led researchers to speculate that honey could provide a more efficacious alternative to treating acid reflux than common liquids such as water and milk.
“Thus honey,” conclude the authors of the research, “which is 125.9 times more viscous than distilled water at 37 degrees Celsius, may be helpful in preventing gastro esophageal reflux, as it can form a coating on the esophageal mucosa.”
The leader of the study, a man by the name of Mahantayya V. Math, determined that honey, when ingested could in fact provide relief for those afflicted with acid reflux.
“One of us (Math) has observed relief from heartburn after intake of 5 ml of honey,” researchers say.
“Honey, being a viscous liquid, and a nutrient, can be used easily to prevent gastro esophageal reflux disease.”
Experts recommend buying natural forms of honey. These have higher concentrations of antimicrobial agents known to kill pathogens and bacteria.