What are the health benefits of Manuka honey?
Manuka honey, which is produced by the bees that pollinate the Manuka bush in New Zealand, is said to be one of the most beneficial and nutritious forms of honey. It is one of nature’s strongest natural antimicrobial substances and it has been used for thousands of years to treat skin conditions, sore throats and allergies. When buying Manuka honey, though, you do have to be careful that you are paying for the real thing. Real Manuka honey only comes from New Zealand, and it will have a Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) of 10+ or more. Anything less and you won’t be getting all the benefits that the honey has to offer. Here are just ten of the amazing health benefits of Manuka honey.
1. Treats acne
Manuka honey has very potent anti-bacterial and healing properties and its ability to clear up acne is almost legendary! Although there have been no clinical trials to prove this, the number of personal recommendations that you can find on the internet is proof enough. If you are trying to deal with stubborn acne, try applying Manuka honey to the affected areas and leaving it on for about five minutes before washing it off again worth some gentle soap and water.
2. Improves digestion
Manuka honey is very good for treating digestive disorders. The honey contains a natural pre-biotic that promotes the growth of the good bacteria in the gut. It can rebalance the digestive system naturally and help to stop bloating, inflammation, and other stomach complaints.
3. Treats athlete’s foot
When used in its raw, natural form, Manuka honey has very strong anti-fungal properties. You can use Manuka honey as an effective treatment for fungal infections, such as athlete’s foot, fungal nail infections, and ringworm.
4. Promotes rapid healing
Manuka honey can also be used to treat wounds. It has been found that the honey can reduce pain, fight infection and speeds up the healing process. According to an article that was published in the Jundishapur Journal of Natural Pharmaceutical Products, it can even be used for acute cases and to aid the rapid healing of venous ulcers.
5. Fights gum disease
Whilst the very idea of rubbing something sweet tasting on your gums and teeth might sound counterintuitive, it has been proven that doing so can help fight gum disease and prevent tooth decay. Manuka honey contains ingredients that will fight the bacteria responsible for tooth day and gum disease so, while it is not an alternative to cleaning your teeth, it could well be a useful addition to your oral hygiene routine.
6. Boosts energy levels
Manuka honey is extremely high in nutrients and is good supply, energy giving, healthy carbohydrates. Manuka honey one some whole grain toast would make a superb and quick breakfast, or snack, that would supply you with energy right the way through until your next meal. The honey has also been found to help improve the endurance of athletes, so it would make a great pre-workout snack too.
7. Treats sore throats
If you have a sore throat and a cold, then the best type of honey to use in your honey and lemon hot drink will definitely be Manuka honey. If you just have a sore throat, take a teaspoon of Manuka honey, three times a day, and it will soothe your throats reduce the inflammation, and fight the bacteria that cause sore throats. Otherwise, if you do have a cold as well, take in a hot lemon and honey drink and the lemon juice will give you the Vitamin C to help boost your immune system too.
8. Treats sunburn
If you are unfortunate enough to get sunburnt, Manuka honey is a good way to reduce the pain and promote faster healing of the skin. Apply it directly to the sunburned area of skin and it will soothe the soreness, reduce inflammation, and speed up the healing process. If the sunburn is particularly bad, Manuka honey will also work as an antiseptic and stop the skin becoming infected.
9. It may even be able to fight MSRA
MRSA is the superbug that has been worrying doctors in hospitals in the past few years because it has become resistant to many antibiotics. Manuka honey might even hold some good news here, because researchers at Cardiff Metropolitan University have found that the antibiotic properties of the honey can control the genes of the MRSA bacteria.
10. Controls acid reflux
Manuka honey can help to control acid reflux. It helps to control the symptoms and it also lines the oesophagus and intestinal tract, which prevents the damage that might be caused by stomach acids. The healing ability of Manuka honey can also help to heal any damage that acid reflux might have already caused.
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Stay happy and healthy!