No one can deny the health benefits of raw, unprocessed honey. It has a wide array of medicinal properties that boost your immune system and improve your health on many different levels. However, a recent Australian study found that one particular type of raw honey can destroy basically all harmful bacteria known to mankind, including the most dangerous ones.
According to the scientists, this type of honey can be a safer and more effective alternative to many antibiotics that fail to give results, particularly against resistant bacteria. The study results were published in the June 2009 edition of European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.
This honey is produced in New Zealand and is known as manuka or jelly bush honey. As its demand has been constantly rising over the past few years, shortages have been reported and fake products have started appearing on the market. This has spurred manuka producers from New Zealand to demand trademark protection.
Manuka Honey Kills MRSA, Other Superbugs
Manuka honey is made from the nectar of the New Zealand manuka bush, or Leptospermum Scoparium, as well as tea trees, which are endemic for Australia and New Zealand only.
As found by Australian researchers, this honey destroyed every bacteria or pathogen it was tested on, which was reported in The Australian. Aside from being taken internally, the honey can be also be used topically to fight skin infections, cuts and insect bites.
What this honey proved most effective about was that none of the pathogens it killed were able to regain immunity, which is something common antibiotics are failing to do.
According to Dr. Dee Carter of the University of Sydney’s School of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences, “new antibiotics tend to have short shelf lives, as the bacteria they attack quickly become resistant. Many large pharmaceutical companies have abandoned antibiotic production because of the difficulty of recovering costs. Developing effective alternatives could therefore save many lives.”
Dr. Carter also added that the manuka honey is rich in a compound called methyglyoxal, which binds with other unknown compounds causing “multi-system failure” that kills the bacteria.
Where to Find Manuka Honey
Manuka honey is available in both health food stores and online. But, owing to the fact that there has been shortage of this product and fake manuka honey has also appeared on the market, it is strongly recommended to look for one that is UMF certified when buying this honey.
UMF means Unique Manuka Factor, and it refers to the unique chemical structure of the honey that makes it different from other variants. The Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association of New Zealand approves of this and several certified manuka products can be found on Amazon.com.
For instance, the brand Comvita manuka honey, which is UMF certified is sold on Amazon. In the words of one customer, manuka honey helped him fight her MRSA:
I had done a fair amount of research when a friend of ours got MRSA, and then, unfortunately, I got it too., said user JoshuaOne9 on Amazon. Thankfully, I had already done the research so I knew exactly what to do. As soon as I saw the red bump (thinking the first day that it was a mosquito bite) I scratched it, but the second day I realized that it had to be something else. My husband immediately knew what it was since we had been dealing with our friend’s case of MRSA. I got my hands on this Manuka honey and put on the area of skin that was affected and then it is very important that you cover it with a bandaid. Within hours I felt relief and within a few days it was completely gone…
Although more research is needed in this field, one thing is for sure – manuka honey promises a lot in fighting serious infection that common antibiotics are unable to defeat.