Why Manuka Honey?
The Mānuka flower produces nectar with characteristic and unique signature compounds.
Why Manuka honey?
Manuka honey is said to be effective for treating everything from a sore throat, sinus issues to clearing up blemishes on your skin. Manuka honey is used as a natural ointment for wounds of all kinds. It has been hailed as a go-to germ fighter in an age of resistance to conventional antibiotics.
It’s the product of the New Zealand scrub plant that gives it its name. European honey bees were introduced to New Zealand in the early 19th century. When bees pollinate from this plant, their honey is more potent than standard honey bee honey. This is because it has a higher concentration of methylglyoxal (MGO). This is measured through independent laboratory testing.
What are the benefits of Manuka honey?
When it comes to superfoods, raw honey is associated with health benefits. It’s antibacterial and bacterial resistant.
All honey has antibacterial activity due to what is commonly called Peroxide Activity (PA). However, Mānuka Honey has a special, unique antibacterial activity called Non-Peroxide activity (NPA). Research has shown that NPA is very stable in Mānuka Honey even when it is exposed to light and heat.
Other purported benefits of honey include:
- helping heal cuts and scrapes
- clearing infections
- easing stomach aches
- improving digestion
- boosting the immune system
- providing energy
What the research says
Unlike most alternative treatments, there’s scientific evidence to support the healing benefits of Manuka honey. These benefits include:
- Healing wounds
- Antiviral properties
- Antibacterial properties
- Digestion and assisting with immunology
What to look for when buying Manuka honey
When making your purchase, it’s important to understand exactly what you’re getting — not all Manuka honey is the same.
This type of honey is often labelled as “active Manuka honey,” which can be misleading. This term refers to the antibacterial effects produced by hydrogen peroxide. These antibacterial effects are found in all types of honey.
To guarantee the unique healing properties of Manuka honey, look for a reference to “non-peroxide antibacterial activity (NPA),” or a UMF rating. The UMF rating measures the amount of NPA present in the honey. The number represents the unique signature compounds characteristic of this honey which ensure purity and quality. These include the key markers of Leptosperin, DHA and Methylglyoxal.
Also stick to brands that contain MGO, the unique antibacterial factor in Manuka honey. The more MGO, the better, and ideally UMF as an independent certification. Look out for the official logo.
When comparing products make sure you are comparing the same grading system.