Manuka honey has been show to be an effective treatment for coughs, particularly tickly coughs. To stop coughing at night-time it is recommended that it is taken around 30 minutes before bedtime. Studies have shown that honey can be more effective than other cough medicines1-2. New Zealand manuka honey is famous for its antibacterial properties, which can help kill any bugs that are in the throat causing the cough.
Zinc can reduce the average length of a cold, especially when taken within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms. There is also good evidence that taking zinc on a regular basis can prevent colds occurring in the first place.
Vitamin C is well known to shorten the duration of cold symptoms. If taken on a regular basis it can also reduce the chance of getting colds, especially if doing a lot of exercise or being exposed to very
Lemon is loaded with vitamin C, which is known to support the body’s natural defences. Lemon juice is reported to decrease the strength of the cold and flu virus in the body and reduce phlegm. Like the honey, it is also very acidic which can help to kill the germs.
Antioxidants are widely accepted to help alleviate symptoms and even shorten the duration of a cold. The manuka honey, vitamin C and lemon juice all provide lots of these antioxidants.