Honey has been a valued product all over the history, both, for its fantastic taste and its medicinal properties. This food is a real gift from the bees, and especially Manuka, is considered to be a superfood.
This honey type is derived from the nectar collected by bees feeding off Manuka bushes (Leptospermum scoparium) in New Zealand, which almost exclusively grow in the Eastern Cape region of New Zealand.
Native Maori have regarded this honey as a native medicine and used its miraculous helth effects in the treatments of ulcers, skin diseases, flu, fever, and colds.
Manuka honey has strong antioxidant, fungal, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and digestive properties.
Namely, as soon as Captain James Cook discovered New Zealand, he tried the drink from the spiny Manuka leaves which the settlers gave him, and noted in his journal:
“Manuka leaves are used by many of us as tea, which has a very pleasant bitter flavor and aroma, but loses both when the leaves are dry. ”
This honey provides much more powerful effects than regular honey, so it is more expensive.
According to Telegraph:
“According to doctors, Manuka honey’s high sugar content creates a waterless environment in which the bacteria that are infecting a wound are unable to survive. Also, thanks to the presence of an enzyme called glucose oxidase, it is acidic, which apparently adds to its unique antibacterial properties.”
Moreover, the journal Food Chemistry and the journal Immunopharmacology and Immunotoxicology published several studies which suggested that Manuka honey is high in novel proteins called arabinogalactans, which improve immune activity and when applied to a wound, it boosts the release of anti-inflammatory cytokines.
Apart from its miraculous healing properties, Manuka honey can be even more effective than conventional drugs.
This honey type has been proven to be effective in the treatments of:
- colds and flu
- Throat and eye diseases
- protects the gastrointestinal tract
Furthermore, Manuka honey triggers the growth of new blood capillaries and provides important nutrients, which improve and stimulate the regeneration of new skin cells.
Dr. Ralf Schlothauer, Ph.D., at Comvita, the largest supplier of medical Manuka Honey in New Zealand, states that true medical Manuka honey is sold with a “UMF” label.
This seal indicates that the honey contains “unique manuka factor”, which is the concentration of antioxidant phenols that prevent the growth of bacteria.
Therefore, you should make sure that the honey you intend to purchase has this official logo, stating its certification in special UMF (unique Manuka factor) in order to enjoy all its health benefits.