While we are all familiar with the many health benefits of the raw, unprocessed honey, recently scientists have discovered that there is a type of honey which can kill every kind of bacteria, even the worst ones.
The European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases published the results of the study which indicated that could be of utmost importance at a time when a lot of the antibiotics are resistant to bacteria, particularly against “superbugs”.
The Manuka Honey
The manuka honey, also called jelly bush honey, produced in New Zealand. The producers of manuka demanded trademark protection, just like the French champagne or Scottish whiskey. So, it is not surprising why the health benefits of manuka honey were not so familiar all this time.
What is more important, manuka honey contains a higher level of enzymes if compared to the common honey. Natural hydrogen peroxide, which is a potent antibacterial agent, is created by these enzymes.
Furthermore, this honey also abounds in methylglyoxal and dihydroxyacetone, which are regarded as the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF), which stands for the standard used globally for identifying the unique antibacterial properties of manuka honey and its medicinal quality.
How to Verify Genuine Manuka Honey
You need to be really careful when purchasing manuka honey because there is phony manuka honey on the market. In order to make certain that you buy and take in real manuka honey, you must search for a UMF accredited honey.
The minimum score of the UMF is UMF 5, however, it is not useful except if it is UMF 10+. A good quality manuka honey is the one that is between UMF 10 and UMF 15, and if it’s above UMF 16 it is related to as a superior quality.
Here’s how you can confirm if you are buying real manuka honey. Just look for the following four indications:
1. UMF hallmark labeled on the front of the jar/container
2. Labeled from a New Zealand UMF certified company
3. UMF business’s name and license number stated on the label
4. Stated UMF score number in between 5 and 16+.
In addition, here is how different UMF scores work and which manuka honey to utilize for various functions:.
– 0-4 UMF – non-medical function;
– 5-9 UMF – promotes general health;
– 10-14 UMF – stimulates recovery and controls bacteria;
– 15+ UMF – exceptionally healing, if only 1 tablespoon is taken in daily, and nothing more than that amount.