The Manuka tree has been used as a wellness remedy for many centuries. Manuka honey is made by bees that pollinate the Manuka flower, which is native to New Zealand and blooms just 2-6 weeks per year. In addition to its scarcity, Manuka honey is also highly prized because of its powerful, natural antibacterial properties.
What exactly is it in Manuka honey that gives it its antibacterial properties? The answer is Methylglyoxal (MGO), a compound that naturally occurs in Manuka honey. This compound is found in most types of honey, but usually in small quantities. However, MGO is found in high concentration in the nectar of Manuka flowers.
MGO is formed in the honey from Manuka nectar, and as the honey ripens, the MGO content increases. In other words, the amount of MGO in your Manuka honey is directly proportional to its potency.
Expert handling and storage, and precise testing of the honey is crucial to certify the potency, quality and purity of Manuka honey. Stringent regulations must be met at all stages of this process. The MGO Manuka honey grading system is precise and reliable, reflecting the MGO content of the Manuka honey.
Manuka honey’s many properties – antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant – make it incredibly valuable.
Here are some benefits of Manuka honey:
- Soothes a sore throat
The antibacterial and antiviral properties can reduce inflammation and attack the bacteria that cause sore throats.
Apart from attacking the harmful bacteria, Manuka honey also coats the inner lining of the throat for a soothing effect, hence reducing the pain you feel from a sore throat.
A recent study in patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment for head and neck cancer observed the effects of consuming Manuka honey on Streptococcus mutans, a type of bacteria responsible for sore throats. Interestingly, researchers found a significant decrease in the bacteria after the consumption of Manuka honey.
- Aids in wound healing
Multiple studies have shown that Manuka honey can enhance wound healing, amplify the regeneration of tissue and even decrease pain in patients suffering from burns.
A two-week study investigated the effects of applying a Manuka honey dressing on 40 people with non-healing wounds. The results showed that 88% of the wounds decreased in size. The Manuka honey dressing helped create an acidic wound environment, which favours wound healing. Another study showed that Manuka honey wound dressings reduced healing time and disinfected wounds in patients with diabetic foot ulcers.
Manuka honey was also found to be effective at treating wound infections caused by antibiotic-resistant strains, such as Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Hence, the regular topical application of Manuka honey on wounds and infections may help prevent MRSA.
- Promotes oral health
Studies have shown that Manuka honey effectively attacks harmful oral bacteria associated with plaque formation, gum inflammation and tooth decay.
The high antibacterial activity of Manuka honey effectively inhibits the growth of harmful oral bacteria like P. gingivalis and A. actinomycetemcomitans.
You may find it counterintuitive to consume honey for good oral health, because you have probably been told that consuming too many sweets can lead to cavities. However, unlike candy and refined sugar, Manuka honey’s potent antibacterial effects make it unlikely to contribute to cavities or tooth decay.
- Helps prevent gastric ulcers
Stomach or gastric ulcers are sores that form on the lining of the stomach, causing stomach pain, nausea and bloating.
H. pylori is a common type of bacteria responsible for the majority of gastric ulcers.
Research suggests that Manuka honey may help treat gastric ulcers caused by H. pylori. A test-tube study examined the effects of Manuka honey on biopsies of gastric ulcers caused by H. pylori. The results were positive, implying that Manuka honey could be a useful antibacterial agent against H. pylori.
- Good for skin
Manuka honey used together with other skin care products can be helpful for treating acne or inflammations on the skin. It can be used as a DIY face mask and added to your weekly beauty routine, for radiant and glowing skin.
Benefits of NewLife™ Raw Manuka Honey
NewLife™ Raw Manuka Honey has a unique flavour, texture and aroma. It is produced from the native Manuka bush which grows in the beautiful Bay of Plenty region, New Zealand. NewLife™ Raw Manuka Honey has an MGO rating of 100+.
- Offers a delicious and healthy substitute for sugary sweets
- Helps enhance the body’s immune system
- Soothes indigestion and other digestive discomforts
- Promotes probiotics in the gastrointestinal tract
- Contains antioxidants that support your health
- Promotes energy and recovery
- A natural antiseptic and an excellent salve for topical burns, wounds and acne
- Provides soothing comfort for sore throats and coughs
Enjoy a delicious spoonful daily or add it to your tea, toast, yoghurt, or smoothie as a superfood!