Manuka trees grow almost exclusively in the Eastern Cape region of New Zealand. Manuka honey is derived from the nectar collected by bees feeding off trees Leptospermum scoparium that grow in New Zealand. This kind of honey has been labeled as a superfood, deservedly. Namely, honey collected from these trees contains a unique set of antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antiseptic, digestive, antioxidant, overall health properties.
Manuka Honey As Medicine
Manuka honey has several benefits for the health. It has been primarily used in New Zealand by native Maori who considered it to be a native medicine. They valued its numerous medicinal benefits (for the treatment of flu, fever, colds, skin diseases, ulcers and believe it or not it manuka honey can be used for treating some types of cancer).
Dr. Ralf Schlothauer, Ph.D., at Comvita, New Zealand’s largest supplier of medical Manuka Honey, states that true medical manuka is sold with a “UMF” label. This marks that the honey contains “unique manuka factor.” According to Schlothauer, this unique factor is a concentration of antioxidant phenols that inhibit bacterial growth. Therefore, before purchasing Manuka honey, make sure it contains an official logo, stating its certification in special UMF (unique manuka factor).
Manuka Honey is more expensive and harder to find, but more healing than regular honey. Not only it has special enhanced healing properties that cannot be found in other honeys, but it often has a better effect than the conventional drugs as well.
Doctors maintain that its high sugar content creates a waterless environment in which the bacteria that are infecting a wound are unable to survive. In addition, due to the presence of an enzyme called glucose oxidase, it is acidic, which apparently adds to its unique antibacterial properties.
Manuka Honey is great anti – inflammatory agent. Also, it stimulates the growth of new blood capillaries and provides nutrients, enhancing the regeneration of new skin cells.
According to the last studies published in the journal Food Chemistry and the journalImmunopharmacology and Immunotoxicology, Manuka honey has plenty novel proteins known as arabinogalactans, which enhance immune activity and the release of anti-inflammatory cytokines when applied to the wounds.
Uses of Manuka Honey
colds and flu
diseases of the eye and throat
protecting the gastrointestinal tract