Historically, as an important medicine and desired food, honey has played a major role in the cultures all around the world. Today is not any exception, honey has so many uses that we have widely enjoyed. It’s truly significant gift from the bees, especially the Manuka honey! Lately, the Manuka honey has been branded as a superfood. The Manuka Honey is derived from nectar collected by the bees nourishing of Manuka bushes in New Zealand. These are trees that grow only in the region of New Zealand, the Eastern Cape.
The honey collected from Manuka bushes contains the most unique set of antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antioxidant, digestive, and many other health properties. Primarily, the Manuka honey has been used by the native Maori, in New Zealand. They used it to treat various illnesses, such as flu, colds, fever, ulcers, and skin diseases.
The settlers of New Zealand gave Captain James Cook a drink made from spiny leaves of Manuka, when he first discovered their land. So, in his journal, Captain Cook wrote about this drink describing it as very pleasant tea, with great flavor and aroma.
It is believed that the Manuka honey has better health properties than the regular honey.
In accordance to many doctors, Manuka honey has a high sugar content that makes waterless environment where the bacteria that infect wound cannot survive.
Manuka Honey Can be used for:
- Eye issues
- Throat disease
- Gastrointestinal tract protection
Manuka Honey is a great anti-inflammatory agent. It also enhances the regeneration of new skin cells, provides nutrients and stimulates the growth of new blood capillaries.
In accordance to Dr. Ralf Schlothauer, at Comvita, the biggest supplier of Manuka honey for medical purpose in New Zealand, the real medical Manuka has specific “UMF” label, which means that the honey contains a “unique Manuka factor”. Dr. Schlothauer claimed that the unique factor represents the presence of antioxidant phenols that actually prevent the growth of bacteria.
Today, the UMF trademark and license is given to 44 members of UMFHA. Here you can find the list:
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