Study: Manuka honey kills more bacteria than all available antibiotics

We all know the countless benefits we can derive from unrefined honey but only just recently, there has been a new discovery in the scientific world that there a kind of honey that can eliminate all kinds of bacteria including the ones considered to be very atrocious.

In a publication by the European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease it was concluded, after a study that this discovery is of great value especially now when bacteria have become resistant to most antibiotics available. This honey promises to be effective against all bacteria including the super bug.

This is the Manuka Honey which is also known as Jelly Bush Honey. It is made in New Zealand. The manufacturers insisted on patenting their brand and having a trademark to protect it just like whiskey produced by the Scots and the champagne by the French. This is one of the reason why not so many know about the immense benefit of this kind of honey.

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Manuka honey fights superbugs

Dr. Dee Carter from the University of Sydney’s School of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences noted that antibiotics not only have short shelf lives, but the bacteria they attack quickly become resistant as well, making them useless over time.

The report, published in the European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, claimed that Manuka honey killed almost every bacteria and pathogen it was tested on. Unlike all antibiotics available on today’s market, none of the bugs tested were able to survive the honey treatment.

According to Dr. Carter, there are particular compounds, like methylglyoxal, in the Manuka honey that cause multi-system failure in the bacteria, killing them before they are able to adapt and build up immunity.

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 original 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.