Manuka Honey. What is it, and WHY is it beneficial?
Not a lot of new findings have taken industries by storm quite like Manuka Honey. So why is it getting all of the praise? What exactly is it? What are its benefits? Let’s begin with where it comes from and what exactly it is. Manuka Honey is produced by bees that pollinate the Leptospermum Scoparium, or the manuka bush, which grows predominantly in New Zealand and can only be made for a few weeks a year when in flower. Manuka Honey is complex honey that goes far beyond simple table honey or even the raw honey which has been used as a medicinal healer since ancient times because of its bioactive properties. Manuka Honey also happens to share similar benefits with that of tea tree oil as the Manuka bush is a part of the tea tree family. Methylglyoxal (MGO) has been demonstrated to be the naturally occurring compound that makes Manuka Honey so special as it has superior antibacterial properties. MGO is formed in the honey from Manuka nectar, and as the honey ripens, the MGO content can increase. The more MGO in the Manuka Honey the stronger its benefits will be. This requires expert handling, storage, and precise testing of the honey, to certify potency, quality, purity, and authenticity.
Properties & Benefits of Manuka Honey?
Manuka Honey has been the focus of extensive scientific research evidencing remarkable natural properties that set it apart from other strains of honey and make it so highly prized throughout the world. It has antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. It makes for an excellent nutritional supplement, loaded with amino acids, enzymes, B vitamins like thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5) and B6. Along with amino acids like proline, tyrosine, lysine and many others. The mineral content is beneficial to one’s wellness, with calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, copper, sodium, potassium, magnesium, and manganese are all naturally present. Because of this extensive list, Manuka Honey is boasted as a fantastic immunity builder. A few specific examples in which Manuka can improve wellness:
Wound Care: Manuka Honey is commonly used topically for hard to heal wounds where antibiotic topicals are ineffective. Inflammation and pain quickly subside while dead tissue is removed painlessly without damaging new cell growth. The anti-inflammatory properties of Manuka make it efficient at healing burn wounds.
Acne: According to researchers at the University of Wales Institute Cardiff, Manuka prevents three different strains of anti-biotic bacteria from reproducing. Because there was such success treating anti-biotic resistant infections with manuka, it has latterly been tested on acne sufferers. Manuka proved to be effective in fighting the oxidizing bacterium that causes acne. To ensure effectiveness only use manuka that has an “active 16+” (Unique Manuka Factor) label at a minimum.
Oral Hygiene: Manuka has shown to have really impressive benefits regarding oral health. Its sugar content is not like that of standard refined sugars so it does not cause acidic demineralization. Manuka honey has the added benefits of being gentle on oral tissue and providing anti-inflammatory and healing properties while ridding the mouth of “bad” bacteria. Reduction in plaque and gin givitis are well-documented results with daily usage of Manuka.
Intestinal Health: Being anti-bacterial, Manuka has shown promise in dealing with gastric ulcers which happen to be one of the most common conditions when dealing with gut health. Manuka reduced inflammation of the colon reducing symptoms of IBS and improving bowel movement.
Combining Manuka Honey with CBD
So why pair CBD with Manuka Honey? At Better Off Healthy we promise to do the most in-depth research on the ingredients we use in our product line. For this reason, we came to a realization that these two would be a perfect marriage. Whether you ingest the duo in our spreadable jam or use it topically with our shea butter, lip balm, or body scrub the possible benefits are hard to overlook. If you are looking to give your skin some TLC or improve your overall wellness (as reported by Better off Healthy users), we have the perfect products designed just for you.
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Friday, 8 September 2017, Fiona, https://www.manukahealth.co.nz/en-nz/get-inspired/health-wellbeing-blog/using-manuka-honey-for-oral-care/