We all know how healthy and beneficial honey is for our overall health and for centuries people have been using it as a natural remedy for a number of ailments. Aside from its unique flavor, its medicinal properties make it a necessary addition to every household, which is why you should always have a jar of honey in your pantry. This amazing gift from nature has many different varieties but Manuka honey is especially beneficial.
It’s the type of honey native to New Zealand, more specifically to the Eastern Cape region of New Zealand. It comes from the bees collecting nectar from the Manuka bushes, which is where it got its name. The native Maoris have used Manuka honey for the treatment of ulcers, skin diseases, flu, fever and colds. It has powerful antioxidant, fungal, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and digestive properties. It’s a little bit more expensive than regular honey because of its long list of health benefits.
Captain James Cook, upon discovering New Zealand, drank the nectar of Manuka leaves and wrote down in his journal:
“Manuka leaves are used by many of us as tea, which has a very pleasant bitter flavor and aroma, but loses both when the leaves are dry.”
Even the Telegraph reported on the amazing properties of this bee nectar:
“According to doctors, Manuka honey’s high sugar content creates a waterless environment in which the bacteria that are infecting a wound are unable to survive. Also, thanks to the presence of an enzyme called glucose oxidase, it is acidic, which apparently adds to its unique antibacterial properties.”
Several studies published by the renowned journals Food Chemistry, Immunopharmacology and Immunotoxicology suggested that Manuka honey is high in novel proteins called arabinogalactans, which have amazing immune boosting properties and stimulate the release of anti-inflammatory cytokines when applied to a wound. It’s even been reported that Manuka honey can be more effective in the treatment of certain diseases than some conventional drugs.
Manuka honey can effectively treat the following diseases:
- Colds and flu
- Sore throat
- Eye diseases
- Protects the gastrointestinal tract
Moreover, this amazing honey has regenerative properties as well, stimulating the growth of new blood capillaries and the regeneration of skin cells.
Dr. Ralf Schlothauer, Ph.D., at Comvita, the largest supplier of medical Manuka Honey in New Zealand, states that true medical Manuka honey is sold with a “UMF” label, meaning “unique Manuka factor”. This label guarantees the presence of antioxidant phenols which are responsible for tits medicinal properties. This is why when you buy Manuka honey always look for a product with this label if you want to enjoy all the health benefits it offers.