Healthy sweet stuff

Honey can help sleep, boost memory, fight allergies and more

The sweet nectar of honey bees has a host of health benefits. Here's what it can do:

Alleviate allergies: Honey contains small amounts of pollen, which can trigger an immune response that produces antibodies to the pollen.

Provide energy: When natural, unprocessed sugar like honey hits the bloodstream, it can deliver a quick boost of energy.

Boost memory: Honey's antioxidants may help stave off cellular damage in the brain.

Suppress coughs: According to a 2012 study in the journal Pediatrics, a persistent cough can be remedied with 2 teaspoons of honey, which is believed to be as effective as the over-the-counter cough syrup ingredient dextromethorphan.