All over history, honey has played an important role in cultures all around the world, both as a desired food and an important medicine. There are various uses for honey that we’ve so much enjoyed; it is a real gift from the bees. Especially Manuka honey!A short time ago, Manuka Honey is called as a superfood, and it is! This honey is derived from the nectar collected by bees feeding off Manuka bushes (Leptospermum scoparium) in New Zealand. These Manuka trees grow almost in the Eastern Cape region of New Zealand.
This honey contains a special set of antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antiseptic, digestive, antioxidant, overall health properties. First, Manuka Honey was used in New Zealand by native Maori who considered it to be a native medicine. They valued its medicinal benefits (for the treatment of flu, fever, colds, skin diseases and ulcers).
While Captain James Cook was discovering New Zealand, the colonists gave him a drink from the spiny leaves of the Manuka and he wrote in his journal:
“Manuka leaves are used by many of us as tea, which has a very pleasant bitter flavor and aroma, but loses both when the leaves are dry.”
Beside the fact that is more expensive, it’s believed that it is better than regular honey. The main reason for that has its roots in an extensive reputation for giving us many health benefits.
The Telegraph said: “According to doctors, Manuka honey’s high sugar content creates a waterless environment in which the bacteria that are infecting a wound are unable to survive. Also, thanks to the presence of an enzyme called glucose oxidase, it is acidic, which apparently adds to its unique antibacterial properties”.Also, several studies published in both the journal Food Chemistry and the journal Immunopharmacology and Immunotoxicology, manuka honey has benefits in novel proteins known as arabinogalactans, which show to encourage the immune system.Manuka honey has a better effect than the conventional drugs.
- colds and flu
- diseases of the eye and throat
- protecting the gastrointestinal tract
According to Dr. Ralf Schlothauer, Ph.D., at Comvita, New Zealand’s largest supplier of medical Manuka Honey, true medical manuka is sold with a “UMF” label, a seal that the honey contains “unique manuka factor.”
”Unique factor is a concentration of antioxidant phenols that inhibit bacterial growth”. – said Schlothauer.
Therefore, before you buy this genuine manuka honey, make sure it has an official logo and has certification in special UMF (unique manuka factor).