This tasty and nutritious honey can provide benefits ranging from gut health to skin health.
"Unlike most alternative treatments, there’s scientific evidence to support the healing benefits of Manuka honey" Heathline.com
Manuka honey is a honey derived from bees in New Zealand and differs from regular honey because it has antibacterial properties from the active ingredient methylglyoxal. Manuka honey also has antiviral, anti- inflammatory, and antioxidant benefits. There has been evidence based research on many of the benefits.
Manuka honey is said to:
Aid in wound and burn healing
Heal diabetic ulcers
Can help prevent MRSA and other antibiotic resistant infections
Promote oral health
Soothe a sore throat
Help prevent gastric ulcers and fights against H. Pylori bacteria
Decrease symptoms of IBS
Helps with SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth)
You may notice a UMF number located on your container of Manuka honey. This refers to the Unique Manuka Factor. This number describes the levels of MGO and a precursor, dihydroxyacetone.
The range for UMF scoring is as follows:
0 to 4: an undetectable amount is present
5 to 9: low levels are present
10 to 15: useful levels are present
16: superior, high-grade levels are present
[The higher the UMF number, the higher the level of these compounds. To get the most benefit, use a Manuka honey with a high UMF.]- scale taken from www.healthline.com
A Kfactor number may also be present. It measures markers such as purity, live enzymes, over 250 chemical compounds, DHA, pollen count, pH levels, antioxidant levels and phenolic compounds.
The scale for Kfactor is as follows:
Very high antibacterial activity. Superior healing properties. (18-22)
High antibacterial activity. Good healing properties. (14-18)
Medium level activity. Suitable for maintaining good health. (8-14)
Low level activity. Comparable to normal honey. (0-8)
I like to add 1 TBSP. of Manuka into my tea in the morning but you can also spread it on toast or drizzle it over my oatmeal. You could even use it to sweeten your smoothie or just straight off the spoon.
**Manuka Honey is considered safe for most populations. It is advised talk to your doctor if you have any concerns or if you have diabetes or an allergy to other forms of honey.
Love & Light,