Manuka honey is a type of honey produced in New Zealand by bees that collect nectar from the Manuka tree (Leptospermum scoparium). It is known for its unique antibacterial properties and is believed to have a wide range of health benefits.
Manuka honey contains a naturally occurring compound called methylglyoxal (MGO), which is responsible for its antibacterial activity. This honey type is graded based on its MGO content, with higher grades indicating a higher concentration of MGO. The higher the level of MGO in the honey, the stronger its antibacterial properties.
The antibacterial properties are measured using the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) rating system. This rating system takes into account the concentration of MGO, as well as other factors, such as the presence of other bioactive compounds. A UMF rating of 10 or higher is considered to have therapeutic benefits. Some of the therapeutic benefits of manuka honey are presented below:
- Treating wounds and infections: Manuka honey has been used for centuries to treat wounds, burns, and skin infections due to its antibacterial properties. It is believed to help prevent infection, reduce inflammation, and promote healing. Some of the potential health benefits include:
- Soothing sore throats: Its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties may help relieve sore throats. It is often added to tea or warm water with lemon to help soothe the throat.
- Improving digestive health: Some studies suggest that it may help improve digestive health by reducing inflammation in the gut and fighting harmful bacteria like Helicobacter pylori.
- Boosting the immune system: Manuka honey contains antioxidants and other compounds that may help boost the immune system and protect against oxidative damage.
It’s important to note that while Manuka honey has many potential health benefits, it should still be consumed in moderation due to its high sugar content.
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Searching for trustworthy brands and grades is important when buying Manuka honey because it can be relatively costly compared to other types of honey.
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