Manuka Honey: Nature's Mega Antibiotic
Thousands of years ago honey was used for various medicinal purposes and has been throughout the ages. Modern medicine, however, has causes honey to take a backseat. This could change as people move more and more to natural methods of health, beauty, and well-being.
Honey has amazing antibacterial properties that are great for many different treatments. It is amazing on open wounds due this fact. While all honey is great, it is not created equal. The honey that rises above the rest in every aspect is Manuka Honey.
Manuka honey is native to New Zealand. Manuka honey is the highest in anti-septic, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antifungal, and antioxidant activity of all honeys. Manuka honey has antibacterial properties that are not found in any other honey, which makes it more effective for treating any type of infection. They are not sure, however, just exactly what it is. This is where UMF comes into play.
UMF stands for "unique Manuka factor". This represents the efficacy of the honey's ability to fight bacteria. The higher the UMF the more potent the honey is as an antiseptic.
Manuka honey works on a broad spectrum of things such as bacteria, fungi and protozoa. When it comes to infectious organisms it has been found to work on them all. There hasn't been one yet they found it didn't work on. The results are completely amazing!
It has clinically been proven to heal diarrhea, inflammation, irritable bowel syndrome and various other conditions. It has also been proven to work on antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria, which include MRSA. Below is some clinical trails involving Manuka Honey.
Manuka honey is even used in fighting Cancer. Honey has been known to reduce the toxic side effects of chemotherapy. The research done by the UAE University found that honey from New Zealand's manuka tree effectively inhibits growth of cancer cells.
In a study that was led by Dr. Al Ramadi they used three different cancer cell lines (breast, skin, and colon cancer) and tests showed that small amounts of manuka honey, as little as 1.0 percent, stopped the growth of cancer cells by up to 70%.
"The evidence so far suggests that manuka acts by stimulating a number of proteins inside the cells that leads to the induction of apoptosis, or programmed cell death. This is a natural process by which our body eliminates old or unwanted cells and is part of the normal organism's development," Dr. Al Ramadi told Khaleej Times.
Did you know about the medicinal purposes of honey.
Manuka honey contains hydrogen peroxide, as most honeys do, but in much higher quantity. It also is high in the antibacterial methylglyoxal (MG), which is found in most honeys as well but in small quantities. MG is one hundred times more prevalent in manuka honey than any other honey.
Manuka honey works wonders for skin issues. The antibacterial properties and anti-inflammatory properties make it a great way to treat acne prone skin. The anti-inflammatory properties help to soothe inflamed skin. The amino acids in it helps to slough away dead skin cells. Manuka honey can also balance your skins PH. I bet right about now you want to go drown your face in it! I know I do.
MG has been known to increase collagen cross-linking. Collagen cross-linking promotes the structural growth of collagen in skin cells. The building blocks of collagen are amino acids. Since manuka honey contains amino acids it helps to protect the collagen. While it does all of this, it also moisturizes. Manuka honey is a natural humectant. Humectants draw moisture into the skin.
If you have an acne prone face you can apply a teaspoon of manuka honey directly to the face. You can choose to leave it on anywhere from 30 mins to a few hours. All you have to do is rinse it off with warm water. Then voila!
Manuka Honey Nutrition Facts
- Amino Acids
- B vitamins (B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid)
The nutritional content is up to four times more potent than normal honey.
Here are the top uses for manuka honey. Keep in mind, however, that these are not the only uses for the honey. These are just the top uses for it.
- Acid Reflux, low stomach acid
- Staph Infections
- Acne and Eczema
- Tooth Decay and Gingivitis
- Burns, Wounds, and Ulcers
- IBD and IBS
- Allergies and Sinusitis
- Sore Throats and Immunity
- Improves Sleep
- Beauty Treatment and Health Booster
Some people also use it for weight loss. If you want to use it for weight loss then boil a cup of tea in the morning before you've had anything. Put cinnamon in the water and then take it off of the heat and stir in one teaspoon of manuka honey. Do this also before bed and it will help with your weight loss and keep you healthy in general.
Manuka honey has proven its worth time and time again. This is a honey that far surpasses a lot of medicines out there in today's modern society. The medicinal purposes and the healing power of this honey is endless. The benefits can be felt when you ingest it or put it topically on your skin.