7 Amazing Manuka Honey Health Facts
For many years, honey has been used for a vast array of ailments in various countries. Treatment involving honey is known as Apitherapy and heals the body in a natural way with natural ingredients. Pure Manuka Honey is sourced from New Zealand but is readily available from online health stores such as Green Bay Harvest.
Honey has been used by itself for ages to increase energy and bolster the immune system and to treat skin disorders. Honey has been used to cure yeast infections, athletes foot symptoms and cuts and burns. This is because of its great antibacterial properties. It also has anti-inflammatory components that work on ailments such as arthritis pain, as well.
Although honey is a great healer, and it tastes good besides, it does have a down side. The hydrogen peroxide in honey is the antibacterial component, which is low enough to avoid causing any damage. Hydrogen peroxide can be destroyed easily by light, water, heat or body serums. That is the case with regular honey.
Manuka honey is different, however, because it is stable and does not lose its antibacterial properties. The phytochemical factor that protects it, known as Unique Manuka Factor, or UMF, is unique in Active Manuka honey. This makes Manuka honey a more effective and stronger antiviral and antibacterial.
New Zealand is the only place where the Leptospermum Scoparium grows, the Manuka bush, and this is the origin of all active Manuka honey. The bees collect nectar only from the flowers on the Manuka bush, making it a mono-floral honey. The antibacterial activity of Manuka honey carries a grade between 5 and 25, with the higher number meaning it has stronger antibacterial properties.The grades represent potency with the lower grades having identical medicinal properties as higher grades but not in the same strength.
Because of the effectiveness and strength of active Manuka honey, buying the active kind guarantees the quality of the UMF. Also, buying the better quality means that it can be used sparingly and still provide the same results. The Active Manuka honey is very powerful for healing a variety of conditions because of its superior anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial, antiseptic, and antioxidant components. It also has more amino acids, minerals and vitamins than regular honey.
Manuka honey is safe for anyone to use because it has no known side effects. For anyone who does not like honey, the benefits are still available in the form of honey capsules, found in most health food stores.
The following is a list of 7 uses among the vast array of disorders and ailments that can be treated with Active Manuka honey:-
1. Energy booster
If you are feeling lethargic or tired, honey is known as an energy booster. The instant surge of energy comes from the glucose in honey and after the initial surge; the fructose gives longer lasting energy as it is slowly absorbed.
2. Colds and Sore Throats
If you have a sore throat, the antibacterial and antiviral properties of Manuka Honey will bring relief. Take a teaspoon at night and one in the morning to keep sore throat and cold suffering at bay. Throughout the day, add Manuka honey to boiling water with a bit of lemon juice and sip it slowly.
3. Burns, Wounds and Cuts
Active Manuka honey is an ideal ointment for healing wounds, grazes, cuts, pressure sores and many other skin disorders naturally and quickly because of its antibacterial properties. There is also proof that Manuka honey combats MRSA, and it is now used by the NHS.
In New Zealand, natives of the area have been using the same method for many years and experiencing Manuka honey health. It has also been used to help the skin when cancer is present or to sooth wounds and burns from radiation. It does not cure cancer, but it can relieve the skin irritation and may help to prevent skin cancer.
4. Digestive System
Manuka honey is ideal for preventing the heartburn and indigestion so many people suffer from because of a bad diet of fat and grease. It has also been known to cure ulcers, acid-reflux, upset stomachs and gastritis. It can also help in cases of diarrhea and IBS, irritable bowel syndrome. Just one teaspoon morning and night of 15 or 20 strength UMF is recommended.
5. Fungal Infections
Fungal infections are often hard to get rid of, and they look unsightly, such as athlete’s foot. A natural way to conquer them is by applying active Manuka honey on the affected skin area.
Studies have shown Manuka honey is safer for diabetics to use than sugar, because of its fructose content. It is a safer option because the fructose causes a slower rise in blood sugar. Before adding honey to their diets, diabetics should always consult their doctor or physician just to make sure it will not interfere with any other medicines being taken.
7. Dermatitis and Eczema
Skin conditions such as rashes, psoriasis, eczema, acne, cold sores and insect bites have all responded to the use of Manuka honey because of its antibacterial properties. It can be applied to the skin, eaten or sipped in a drink made with boiling water and lemon.
The following is a partial list of ailments that have been known to respond to the use of Manuka honey:
- Stomach Pain
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Cold and Sore Throat
- Acid Reflux
- Energy Boost
- Aches and Pains
- Gum Disease
- Athletes Foot
- Insect bites
- Cold Sores
- Nail Fungus
- Yeast Infections
- Pressure Sores
- Skin Care
- Surgical Wounds
- MRSA Infections
- Wrinkles and Scars
- Skin Ulcers
It goes without saying that at one time or another in our lives we are all going to experience at least one of the illnesses and problems listed above.
The best medicine anyone can take is one that is entirely natural and Manuka honey definitely falls under this category. So, before you go rushing off to your doctor and get him to prescribe some drug or wonder tablet for you, why not give Active Manuka Honey a try?
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<a href=”https://plus.google.com/117282266165327484489?rel=author”>Lee Hill</a> is head of content at IPIM he regularly blogs on health and fitness issues and when not at his computer he can usually be found out running or cycling.