When the cold and flu season begins, Granny’s home remedies always comes to mind:

Ginger, Lemon and Honey.

However, do we really know why these 3 simple ingredients are so effective? Let’s find out:

Ginger – contains a powerful compound, known as Gingerol, which, according to an article published by the International Journal of Physiology, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology,  has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. In other words, if you include it in your diet, it will reduce the level of inflammation in your body and it will help you fight the free radicals present in your bloodstream. As a result, your immune system will get stronger and will fight infections more efficiently. No wonder it has been valued and used as a natural remedy for centuries.

Lemon – is an excellent source of Vitamin C, also known as acid ascorbic. On his website DoctorYourself.com, Dr Andrew Saul explains that Vitamin C is an antipyretic and a natural antibiotic, which, if given frequently and in sufficient quantity, can lower the fever by eliminating what caused it in the first place.  

Honey – has also been known for centuries for its incredible nutritional and medical value. It is rich in anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, and several studies have proven its effectiveness in treating cough. Local natural honey is preferable to the ones we find in supermarkets, as it better preserves its properties.

Now that we have an overview of how our health can benefit from Ginger, Lemon and Honey, all we can say is that Granny is always right!