Can Honey Really Work for Acid Reflux?


The American College of Gastroenterology says that “more than 15 million Americans suffer from heartburn every day.” Heartburn, which is a well-known symptom for acid reflux, is described as a condition that causes acid from the stomach to go up into the esophagus and at other times, the throat. It is described as very uncomfortable to downright painful, especially when it’s a particularly bad attack. But what most don’t know is that it can be treated with one readily available item that most people already have at home – honey. 

Honey is a beneficial and natural product that has been used for many different medical conditions. And when it comes to Ayerveda, which is the “Indian sister science of yoga,” this study shares that it can also be used for quite a number of digestive problems. 

A study that was published in the Indian Journal of Medical Research explained that honey could actually be very beneficial when it comes to acid reflux, and here’s why; For one, honey has tons of antioxidants that help fight free-radicals that are known to damage the cells within your digestive tract, which is one known or popular reason for getting acid reflux in the first place. 

Another reason why it could be beneficial for acid reflux is because honey actually coats the mucus membrane along the esophagus, lessening swelling and fighting the inflammation so that the chances of acid reflux are less. 

Moreover, there are also other studies done elsewhere that have backed this evidence up as well. One study done by the British Medical Journal shows that individuals that took at least one teaspoon of raw honey felt relief from the symptoms of acid reflux. It was explained by researchers that the “thick and sticky texture works to keep acid down.” 

So the next time that you begin to feel symptoms from acid reflux, do as the study suggests and try swallowing one teaspoon of organic raw honey. If you prefer not to take it alone, you can mix it in some warm water or tea to make drinking it more appealing. You can do this every time you begin to feel those bothersome symptoms from reflux. 

While honey is normally safe to take, remember that it does contain sugar, which means that if you have diabetes or another blood sugar condition, you’ll need to be mindful of how much you should take. And as much as possible, be sure to buy organic or raw wild honey so that you know that it does not have any preservatives that will lessen its potency. 

Before giving it to children 12 years and below, always check with their pediatrician first. Babies, on the other hand, should never be given any honey at all. 

Like with any other home remedy, should you find that you’ve tried this one in particular and yet your acid reflux symptoms are still persistent, be sure to make an appointment with your doctor to seek out better treatment options.