Manuka honey is a unique one from New Zealand. It’s a mono-floral honey, which means it comes from only one pollen source. Manuka honey has long had a reputation as a “healing” honey and, because it comes from bees that have been busy pollinating the Manuka trees. A recent survey of people who bought the stuff showed that 58 per cent of them believed Manuka honey to be better than ordinary honey, but they didn’t know why.
Characteristic of Manuka Honey
It is common knowledge that all honey contains a natural occurring enzyme which produces hydrogen peroxide, a known antiseptic with proven antibacterial properties. The main characteristic of manuka honey? It’s thixotropic properties, meaning that it has the consistency of a gel in liquid form and becomes more fluid when shaken.
Tooth Decay & Gingivitis
Several studies have come out recently describing how Manuka honey can help cure gingivitis and periodontal disease. Manuka honey product not only caused a 35% decrease in plaque, it led to a 35% reduction in bleeding sites in people suffering from gingivitis!
Feeling a cold or a sore throat coming on? Stir a teaspoon of Manuka honey into your hot lemon drink to prevent the cold bug taking a grip. Manuka honey is high in antibacterial levels and recommended in the treatment of ulcers, strep throat, cold sores, skin infections, cuts and abrasions.
Manuka honey’s healing properties make it a great all-round wonder food. ‘It has anti-viral, anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties, and can be used to boost the immune system to help fight off illness and improve skin conditions. It also soothes a sore throat, and can be used externally on cuts, wounds and ulcers.
Adding honey to a glass of warm milk at bedtime helps the body relax and release melatonin into the brain, an important hormone affecting sleep quality and duration. In addition, the ingestion of manuka honey also helps with the slow release of glycogen needed for essential body functions during sleep.
The properties in manuka honey haven’t been shown to develop resistant bacteria, an annoying problem caused by the overuse of antibiotics that leads to the development of “superbugs” that can’t be treated with traditional treatment options. If manuka proves to be as effective as many small studies have found, it could be a powerful disease-fighting option.
Honey is a traditional cough remedy often taken with or without lemon juice. It soothes the lining of the throat and decreases discomfort and irritation. Manuka honey is even more effective because of its higher antimicrobial action.
Manuka honey treatment resulted in tumor growth being inhibited by around 33% while manuka honey in combination with chemotherapy treatment resulted in a 61% inhibition in cancer growth.