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4 Proven Health Benefits of Buckwheat Honey

Raw Buckwheat Honey is known for its distinctive aroma and its rich earthy flavour but it also has many health benefits that are beginning to be discovered. Here is some of the recent research on Buckwheat Honey: 
  1. Promotes wound healing. Buckwheat honey increases wound healing activity in common types of skin cells (fibroblasts and keratinocytes), through its impact on cell signalling pathways involved in the wound healing process.
  2. Has potent anti-bacterial properties. Buckwheat honey has been shown to inhibit the growth of various strains of bacteria, including antibiotic resistant bacteria (for example, strains of MRSA, C. difficile, VRE, E. coli and B. subtiles). Buckwheat honey was able to degrade bacterial DNA, partly due to the hydrogen peroxide contained in the honey.
  3. Increases antioxidant activity in the body. Buckwheat honey contains high levels of bioavailable phenolic antioxidants and increases serum antioxidant capacity. High antioxidant intake has been associated with preventing cancer, heart diseases, inflammatory disorders, aging and wound healing. In particular, buckwheat honey consumption is associated with reduced markers of heart disease (lipoprotein oxidation) and reduced DNA damage.
  4. Soothes cough. Buckwheat honey is at least as effective as typical cough medications to soothe cough. This is likely related to buckwheat honey’s specific high antioxidant content, antimicrobial activity and wound healing ability. The sweetness of honey itself may also produce some of this soothing effect.

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1. Ranzato, Elia, Simona Martinotti, and Bruno Burlando. "Honey exposure stimulates wound repair of human dermal fibroblasts." Burns & trauma 1, no. 1 (2013): 32. (Link)

Ranzato, Elia, Simona Martinotti, and Bruno Burlando. "Epithelial mesenchymal transition traits in honey‐driven keratinocyte wound healing: Comparison among different honeys." Wound Repair and Regeneration 20, no. 5 (2012): 778-785. (Link)

2. Brudzynski, Katrina, Kamal Abubaker, and Tony Wang. "Powerful bacterial killing by buckwheat honeys is concentration-dependent, involves complete DNA degradation and requires hydrogen peroxide." Frontiers in microbiology 3 (2012): 242. (Link)

Hammond, Eric Nee-Armah, Megan Duster, Jackson Ssentalo Musuuza, and Nasia Safdar. "Effect of United States Buckwheat honey on antibiotic-resistant hospital acquired pathogens." The Pan African medical journal 25 (2016). (Link)

3. Schramm, Derek D., Malina Karim, Heather R. Schrader, Roberta R. Holt, Marcia Cardetti, and Carl L. Keen. "Honey with high levels of antioxidants can provide protection to healthy human subjects." Journal of agricultural and food chemistry 51, no. 6 (2003): 1732-1735. (Link)

Gheldof, Nele, Xiao-Hong Wang, and Nicki J. Engeseth. "Buckwheat honey increases serum antioxidant capacity in humans." Journal of agricultural and food chemistry 51, no. 5 (2003): 1500-1505. (Link)

El-Hady, Faten K. Abd, and A. G. Hegazi. "Influence of Honey on the Suppression of Human Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) Peroxidation (In-vitro)." Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences 14, no. 1 (2007). (Link)

Zhou, Juan, Peng Li, Ni Cheng, Hui Gao, Bini Wang, Yahui Wei, and Wei Cao. "Protective effects of buckwheat honey on DNA damage induced by hydroxyl radicals." Food and Chemical Toxicology 50, no. 8 (2012): 2766-2773. (Link)

4. Paul, Ian M., Jessica Beiler, Amyee McMonagle, Michele L. Shaffer, Laura Duda, and Cheston M. Berlin. "Effect of honey, dextromethorphan, and no treatment on nocturnal cough and sleep quality for coughing children and their parents." Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine 161, no. 12 (2007): 1140-1146. (Link)