Just as the saying goes that not all are created equal, this goes for honey as well. While the benefits of raw and unprocessed honey have been known over the years, recent Australian studies have found one type of honey, known as Manuka honey, to be better than all available antibiotics.
What Makes Manuka Honey More Effective than Antibiotics?
Manuka honey is produced in New Zealand by the bees that pollinate the native manuka bush or bees that forage on the nectar of Leptospermum Scoparium. It helps treat wound infections and other conditions.
This amazing type of honey not only kills bacteria, but none of the bugs it killed have been able to build up immunity. We all known that some antibiotics are failing against antibiotic-resistant superbugs, but Manuka honey may well hold the key to fighting resistance issues.
What Manuka honey can do for you
Manuka honey is marketed for preventing and treating cancer, reducing high cholesterol, reducing systemic inflammation, treating diabetes, treating eye, ear and sinus infections and treating gastrointestinal problems. Manuka honey is incredibly useful for treating skin wounds and leg ulcers.
A recent study suggests that the honey can be used to prevent gingivitis by reducing plaque build-up, and has been approved by the National Cancer Institute to reduce inflammation of the esophagus caused by chemotherapy.
In recent years, word of the biological benefits of Manuka honey has spread to every corner of the world, turning it into one of the most popular superfoods out there. Its fame and the over-demand, however, have caused shortages, resulting in fake, usually cheaper, products to enter the market. So, if you are going to spend your money on honey to reap its benefits, make sure you are buying the real thing.
Supply is in short order due to high demand and many scammers have taken advantage of the situation. Don’t buy Manuka honey that doesn’t have the ‘UMF’ – or Unique Manuka Factor – trademark.
Only genuine Manuka honey has the phytochemical property derived from the Manuka bush, giving it it’s bacterial fighting properties. However, genuine manuka honey can still be found in health stores or online at Amazon, or through NZ or Australian markets.