Reasons Why You Should Try Manuka Honey

Manuka honey is rather the most unique honey of all as far as I know and heard. It's not only top notch quality food, but it also serves for medical purposes. Notably healing minor wounds and infections. This honey originates from New Zealand and is rather native to New Zealand. Its MG (Methylglyoxal) and UMF (Unique Manuka factor) is what makes the honey more effective and can be used medically. However the UMF scale says if the UMF is below a 10, it's not very effective medically. The higher the concentration of MG, the stronger the antibiotic effect is.
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1 It heals wounds and scrapes

Mainly the reason why this honey is very unique in its purest form than the ordinary kinds of honey. It was approved by the FDA in 2007. It has been shown that all kinds of honey has acidic properties that promotes healing. The acidity also blocks enzymes that break down the proteins and peptides the body needs to repair itself. The high concentration of sugar in honey also helps protect wounds.
Honey is low in moisture and draws fluid from a wound. This helps remove waste and speed along the healing process. Honey also draws water out of the cells of invading bacteria. Bacteria need water to grow and survive. Drawing the water out of invading bacteria will kill them. Manuka Honey on the other hand uses a substance called MGO that combats minor and chronic wounds. Because of this, the FDA approved bandages infused with Manuka Honey that's both over the counter and prescription. It even enhance wound healing, amplify the regeneration of tissue and even decrease pain in patients suffering from burns.

2 It heals infections

It has shown to combat and heal infections that contains a biofilm, a slippery layer of bacteria. Bacterias with biofilm is considered to be untreatable and researchers are interested of Manuka Honey because of that reason. Though they're no reports for microbial resistance to Manuka honey, it suggests it might be successful against resistant organisms and long-lasting wound infections that do not heal with regular antibiotic therapy. For this reason, honey is considered a last-resort option against infection.

3 It promotes oral health

Studies have shown manuka honey attacks harmful oral bacteria associated with plaque formation, gum inflammation and tooth decay. Research has shown that Manuka Honey has high antibacterial activity that inhibits the growth of harmful oral bacteria like P. gingivalis and A. actinomycetemcomitans. A study has been conducted where the effects are examined of one people trying on Manuka honey chews and the other group trying on sugar free gum. The honey chew group showed a significant reduction in plague and gingival bleeding compared to the other group who tried sugar free gum.

4 Soothes a sore throat

From my recent experience, I tried Manuka Honey by a spoonful and it heals just in seconds. Manuka honey not only attacks harmful bacteria, but it also soothes your throat from pain and soreness. A study has been found in patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment for head and neck cancer that consuming Manuka honey reduces Streptococcus mutans, a bacteria that causes sore throats. Not only it combats that bacteria, but it also combats mucositis, a bacteria that results in inflammation and painful ulcerations of the mucous membranes lining the esophagus and digestive tract. It also can be used as a common cough suppressant compared to the other honeys.

5 Helps prevent gastric ulcers

Stomach ulcers are being caused by a bacteria called H. Pylori. A test tube study was conducted on biopsies showing that Manuka Honey is indeed an helpful antibacterial agent against H. Pylori. However, another study says that 1 tablespoon of Manuka Honey is not enough to combat gastric ulcers. Gastric ulcers is also caused by excessive alcohol consumption. A study on rats showed that it can help reduce alcohol-induced gastric ulcers.

6 Improves digestion

Research has been shown that Manuka Honey can relieve the symptoms of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). It's also been shown to improve antioxidant status and reduce inflammation in rats with both IBS and ulcerative colitis, a type of inflammatory bowel disease. It's also been shown that Manuka Honey attacks Clostridium difficile, an harmful bacteria that causes severe diarrhea and inflammation of the bowel.

7 Treats acne

The antimicrobial activity of Manuka Honey, when used in combination with a low-pH product, is often marketed to fight acne. It can also combat bacteria on your face, making the acne treatment efficient. It's an antibacterial agent after all. Though it has anti-inflammatory properties, Manuka Honey is said to decrease inflammation associated with acne.

8 May treat Cystic Fibrosis

It's a disorder that damages the lungs and the digestive system and the other organs. It affects the cells that produce mucus, causing mucus to be abnormally thick and sticky. This thick mucus clogs airways and ducts, making breathing difficult. Upper respiratory infections are common with Cystic Fibrosis. So, Manuka Honey is proven to combat bacterias causing upper respiratory infections. It combats two main bacterias: Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Burkholderia spp. They're the most common bacterias causing upper respiratory infections.

9 Boosts energy
10 It improves Immune system

Great list! I've been "shooting" manuka honey 3 - 4 times a week for over 5 years now. Good stuff!

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