Adding buckwheat honey to tea makes this healthy sip even better for you. The reason? Dark honey like buckwheat boasts 20 times more antioxidants than lighter varieties, report USDA scientists. These compounds soothe the irritated throat tissue that triggers the cough reflux. And this effect helped subjects with respiratory infections who were given 2 tsp. of buckwheat honey before bed cough less in the night than those given OTC cough medicine.
Buckwheat honey also contains a combination of probiotic and prebiotic sugars that stimulate the growth of good bacteria in the gut, report researchers at Michigan State University in East Lansing. These friendly flora boost the production of feel-good serotonin to help soothe stress and improve mood.
Here’s the delicious recipe:
1 black tea with mixed berries tea bag (like Twinnings Premium Black Tea Mixed Berry, $4 fo 20 tea bags, iHerb.com)
1" piece orange peel
2 tsp. buckwheat honey (like YS Organic Bee Farms Buckwheat Pure Raw Honey, $8 for 13.5 oz., LuckyVitamin.com)
In mug, steep black tea bag and orange peel in 1 cup hot water 2 min. or until desired strength. Strain, if desired. Stir in buckwheat honey and serve immediately.
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