Manuka honey is rated by a UMF (unique Manuka factor) system where the margin stands 1-30 for grading. The higher the number, the higher the anti-bacterial functions of the Manuka honey.
Manuka has numerous benefits to talk about, and it would definitely make a lengthy article that most of us won’t read at all. Would you?
I wouldn’t too. So, I tried to summarize the whole thing and picked 13 specific health advantages you can have from the particular type of honey. I’ve done as I thought, now, it’s time you help yourself!
1. Brilliant Nutritional Increment
Honey has a natural abundance of fructose, minerals and amino acids. The nutritional value of honey depends to some extent on these mineral contents. In fact, the amount of mineral content is proportional to the electrical conductivity.
If the conductivity of the typical honey is taken to be x, then Manuka honey’s conductivity becomes 4x, proving the quadruple richness of Manuka honey in mineral content.
2. Protection from the Flu and Common Cold
The flu and cold are contagious and common infections caused due to viruses. These are seasonal sicknesses because the microbes thrive only during times when atmospheric conditions are favorable.
Daily consumption of 2-3 tablespoon of the famous Manuka honey every day will help you dodge the season of the flu without being exposed to those viruses.
And if you still become ill, honey drinks can help get rid of the symptoms to a comfortable extent.
3. Colon Damage Prevention
The chronic Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) causes colonic irritation and colon lining damage. Manuka honey has proved to be operative against these damages.
The indicators of IBD and Irritable Bowel Syndrome may seem similar but they are actually unalike in many ways.
Experiments have been done on rats with chemically stimulated colonic damage by feeding them Manuka honey orally. Not only did it reduce the irritation, Manuka Honey also protected the rats against physical injuries.
4. Immunity Booster
Enhanced resistance to ailments is a frequently reported result of regular intake of Manuka honey. The extensive range of vitamins and minerals and the high nutritional values may be responsible for this but the credit goes mainly to the resistant ability of this honey.
Laboratory tests have proved the presence of particular ingredients in the honey that are able to incite cytokine production.
The Cytokines are motioning proteins which kick-start the resistance tools of the body into battling with pathogens and viruses.
The boosted cytokine production is the main reason behind the honey’s immunity against common contagions and illnesses.
5. Solution to Gastric (Inflammation)
Stomach pain and discomfort, bloating, vomiting, indigestion and heartburn may be secondary outcomes of Gastritis. Honey is a common remedy for gastritis but Manuka honey possesses high antimicrobial activity, proving to be more effective against gastritis.
It is very successful in attacking a certain bacteria in the stomach that causes inflammation, known as Helicobacter pylori. This bacterium is also associated with stomach ulcers that further turn into cancer in multiple cases.
6. Cough Fighter
Honey is a cough remedy that has been passed down to generations as the unquestioned cough fighter. It provides comfort for the irritation in throat.
Again, Manuka honey is a more beneficial remedy due to its high antimicrobial function, courtesy of MGO and other bioactive complexes besides the hydrogen peroxide already present in other honey types.
Cough lozenges are another medium for intake of Manuka honey. Though, you will get the same benefits through consuming 1 teaspoon of fresh Manuka honey daily.
7. Benefits as Facial Cleanser
Manuka honey can be used as a wonderful facial toner and cleanser (way better than those chemical cleaners). This honey suctions out the grime stuck in the hair follicles and promotes the flow of the natural oils.
With a pH of 4.5 (lower than pH of skin), Manuka honey keeps the skin optimally acidic since alkalinity is very harmful for the skin. Antifungal and antibacterial functions of the Manuka honey help supervise the overload of microbes in pores to prevent acne.
This honey is to be applied on your face as a layer. Try to cover the water with a towel that has been dipped in warm water; this helps the honey get deeper into skin pores. The wet towel facilitates hydration of skin pores but it is still important to washing it all off and then apply some moisturizer.
8. Chronic Sinusitis
Despite the intake of antibiotics, chronic sinusitis can take many weeks to resolve. Manuka honey is an invaluable blessing for people suffering from this disease.
The microbes cause the sinus chambers to get infected but Manuka honey can perform excellently against them.
Here, the drying effect of honey on the linings of mucus helps decrease sinus blockages. The Methylglyoxal (MGO) present in the honey is the main catalyst behind this treatment.
9. Burns and Cut Wounds
Honey has been an old recipe to go by as a treatment for cuts and burns. Manuka honey is extraordinarily good at this job because of its antimicrobial function.
When in contact with water, the hydrogen peroxide disinfects the wound by reacting and releasing oxygen.
Due to the MGO present in Manuka honey, it also has an additional benefit. Along with directly combatting pathogens, it also triggers cytokine production, speeding up the defense mechanism of the body.
10. Dental Health
It may seem contradictory to believe that a sweet substance as honey could possibly promote dental heath in any way. But, Manuka honey has been proven to be helpful in dental health and in fighting dental plaque.
Calcium, phosphorus, and zinc are the sources of high mineral substance in Manuka honey. According to an experiment, eating Manuka honey resulted in a 35% decrease in plaque development among patients.
11. Tonsillitis Remedy
Tonsillitis is the painful inflammation of the tonsils on both sides of the throat. The lymph tissue that fights against pathogenic bacteria and viruses become infected and inflamed.
Some typical symptoms are a sore throat and pain in swallowing food and fever. Manuka honey is found to be an operative fighter against it.
Medicinal remedies involve antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs or surgical ways. Since there is a potential harm involved in surgery, the natural remedies for tonsillitis are much better.
Intake of a teaspoon of Manuka honey 3-4 times a day significantly turns down the infection and inflammation. No matter what the source of Tonsillitis (bacteria or virus) is, this honey destroys pathogens with its antimicrobial substances.
12. Ringworm Infection and Athlete’s Foot
Athlete’s foot and ringworm are two highly common fungal infections that affect the skin. The first one can appear in skin folds and areas that are both humid and warm. But ringworms have the tendency of attacking anywhere.
Honey has an antifungal function that helps to relieve one from the itches of skin infection. It will also help in clearing the infection.
The adhesive character of honey will make it easy for it to stay on the place of the infection and do the necessary work. But, one can also use it as a bandage.
13. Rosacea Treatment
Rosacea is a skin condition that results in the expansion of skin pores to the extent of them becoming inflamed and swollen. Added effects are the soreness, blemishing and misshapenness of the nose, chin and cheeks.
This condition is considered incorrigible. However, Manuka honey has been able to restore the original skin quality in numerous instances.
Manuka honey treatment does not only diminish the pores but also smoothens the skin. Its anti-inflammatory characteristic reduces inflammation and aching, and the antibacterial and anti-fungal characteristics fight against the factors that promote rosacea.
Manuka honey is an important gift from the bees. Along with its nutritional values, delicious taste, and benefits to overall health, Manuka honey is clearly far better than regular household honey.