Manuka honey comes from nectar collected by honey bees foraging on the manuka tree, which grows in New Zealand. It was traditionally used by the Maori people to treat wounds and burns. . It is monfloral honey produced by bees from the flower of manuka tree (lat. Leptospermum scoparium).
Monofloral honey is a type of honey which has a distinctive flavor or other attribute due to its being predominantly from the nectar of one plant species.
To be considered potent enough to be therapeutic, manuka honey needs a minimum rating of 10 UMF (unique manuka factor). Honey at or above that level is marketed as “UMF Manuka Honey” or “Active Manuka Honey.
This honey is known for its exceptional antibacterial properties, which, unlike other types of honey, are not destroyed by dilution, exposure to sunlight or heat. Several factors are meritorious for this effect: high concentration of medicinal ingredients, low water content, low acidity and the presence of specific therapeutic compounds from manuka flowers.
Is also effective in moderate and severe infections, is used when antibiotics no longer act.
Bacteria have the ability to mutate and become resistant to elements that are attempting to destroy them, such as antibiotics. However, manuka honey destroys bacteria in a different manner, by drawing water out of the bacteria, making it impossible for the microbes to survive. To date, there has been no reported bacterium that has been able to develop a resistance to manuka honey.
When, this honey is put on a wound, it collects water from the wound and dries it, and antimicrobial substances destroy microorganisms that can infect the wound. It is effective because it penetrates deep into the skin. It is especially useful when there is, reduced immunity, and it is also used in skin care and hair because it moisturizes and restores it.
Researchers say that honey has been shown to exhibit a “broad-spectrum” of antimicrobial activity, being able to act upon more than 80 species of pathogen, including, E. coli, Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, researcher are even trying to use honey alongside antibiotics to kill antibiotic-resistance bacteria with promising results.
For the other problems, where this honey is applied, are: eczema, dermatitis, acne, fungal infections, asthma and allergies, rash and ulcer, anemia, digestive problems.
Also, this honey has a wide range of health benefits and we encourage you to research them.
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Helps Manage Diabetes
In patients with diabetes mellitus, studies showed that honey supplementation considerably reduced glycemic response after meal or showed lower rise in blood sugar than other sugars or sweeteners did.
In addition, honey supplementation was shown to increase insulin concentrations in diabetic patients more than sucrose did. It’s safe to say that honey might be a much healthier sweetener than typical diabetic-targeted products.
However, before taking honey to treat diabetes, you should always consult your doctor or nutritionist to make sure it’s appropriate for you.
Honey has shown to reduce both acute and chronic inflammation. Although the mechanism for this anti-inflammatory action is not entirely understood but it’s believed to be due to it’s, high antioxidant, content.
In fact, manuka honey has more antioxidants than any other variety of honey. These benefits can be experienced by both internal and external use of the honey and has proven to be very beneficial in the case of digestive disorders.
Honey has remarkable anti-cancer benefits. In treat and prevent the disease, It diminishes tumours, by inducing cell death and preventing the spread of cancerous cells.
Also, honey prevents gene mutation and prevents free radical accumulation, which are both involved in the development of cancer.
From another aspect: While there are many claims that ingesting manuka honey can be a good for the side effects while undergoing cancer treatment like radiation and chemotherapy, the sugar content of honey is contraindicated for cancer, as sugar feeds cancer cells. You must decide for yourself if the benefits of honey outweigh the potential to feed and promote a cancer. Topical ingestion is fine for cancer patients.
Manuka Honey can be used orally or topically
Similar to regular ones, manuka honey can be applied topically to the skin as a balm for skin infections, bites and cuts. Recommended dosages are UMF 20+ higher activity every 12 hours and cover with a dry sterile gauze and bandage.
If you have a sore throat or digestive problems, taking a spoonful orally can help.Recommended dosages are UMF 16+ to 25+ 1-3 teaspoons daily.
To maintain good health, eat it as you would any other honey product on a regular basis. Recommended dosages are UMF 10+ 1-2 teaspoons daily.
However, this honey must not be used by persons who are allergic to bee products and children younger than one year. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should consult their doctor.
Manuka honey is expensive, but considering all the health benefits mentioned above, it’s a staple for any natural medicine practitioner.
To ensure you’re getting a high quality product always, look for a label that reads “”UMF Manuka Honey” or “Active Manuka Honey”. The honey must be produced in New Zealand to qualify for these labels.
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