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The Health Benefits of Active Manuka Honey

Updated on July 20, 2015

What's the difference between regular honey and active Manuka honey?

Honey has been used for years, in many different countries, for a range of different ailments. This kind of treatment using honey is called Apitherapy, and is great natural way to heal the body using a natural ingredient.

Regular honey alone is great, and has been used for years to boost the immune system and energy, and in the treatment of skin disorders. Honey is a fantastic antibacterial, as well as an anti-flammatory, and is a fantastic way to cure or ease symptoms of athletes foot, cuts and burns, yeast infections and even arthritis pain.

Even though honey is fantastic for healing, as well as tasting great, there is also a down side. The antibacterial property of honey is the hydrogen peroxide it contains (but in a low enough dose not to cause any damage), but hydrogen peroxide is easily destroyed by heat, light, water, or body serum. This is where the differences of regular honey and active Mankua honey come into the equation, as Manuka honey is stable, meaning in never loses it's antibacterial properties. This is possible because of the phytochemical factor that is unique to Active Manuka honey, called UMF (Unique Manuka Factor). This special UMF component makes active Manuka honey a stronger and more effective antibacterial and antiviral.

Active Manuca honey originates from New Zealand, which is the only place where the Manuka bush grows, which is also known as Leptospermum Scoparium. It is a mono-floral honey, meaning that the bees that produce the honey have only collected nectar from the flowers of the Manuka bush. It is also graded, from between 5 and 25, and this signifies the antibacterial activity. The higher the grade the stronger the antibacterial properties. The high grade does just represent potency, lower grades still have the same medicinal properties, just not as potent. Buying "Active" Manuka honey guarantees the UMF quality, and because of it's strength and effectiveness, a little goes a long way. Manuka honey also contains more vitamins, minerals, amino acids than regular honey, and has more antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, anti microbial, anti inflammatory, anti fungal and antioxident properties, making it a very powerful healing ingredient. There are also no known side effects of Manuka honey so it is safe to use by anyone. And if you don't like the taste of honey, fear not, you can still benefit by taking honey capsules that are readily available from most health food stores.

Active Manuka honey can be used to treat a wide range of ailments and disorders, here's some of the most popular.

What are the health benefits of Active Manuka Honey?

  • Energy Booster

Honey is a great way to boost your energy if you are feeling tired or lethargic. The glucose in honey is responsible for the instant energy boost, while the fructose is slowly absorbed, giving long-lasting energy.

  • Sore Throats & Colds

Because of Manuka Honeys antiviral and antibacterial properties, it's great to eat if you're suffering from a sore throat. Just a teaspoon in the morning and at night should keep that cold and sore throat at bay. You could also try adding it to boiling water and lemon juice and drink through the day.

  • Cuts, Wounds & Burns

The antibacterial properties of active Manuka honey make it an ideal ointment to put on cuts, wounds, grazes, pressure sores, and pretty much any other skin disorder, to help them heal quickly and naturally. Mauka Honey has also been proven to combat the MRSA bug, and is being used by the NHS. Natives of New Zealand have used this method for years. Most importantly, Manuka honey has helped when cancer has broken out onto the skin, or from radiation wounds. Unfortunately it cannot cure cancer, but it may help to prevent it.

  • Digestive System

Many people suffer from indegestion and heartburn due to our bad diets of grease and fat, but active Manuka honey is great for preventing these problems. It can cure acid-reflux, ulcers, gastritis, and upset-stomachs too. Irritable Bowel Syndrome and diarrhea are also helped. Just a teaspoon in the morning and one at night is enough to ease symptoms, and a UMF of 15 or 20 is recommended.

  • Fungal Infections

Fungal infections, such as athletes foot, can look unsightly. Antibiotics can help, but fungal infections often take a long time to budge. Apply active Manuka honey to any fungal infection on the body for a natural way to combat them.

  • Diabetics

Because of the fructose that Manuka honey contains, studies have shown that it is safer than sugar for diabetics to use. The fructose produces lower rises in blood sugar, making it a safer option. Diabetics should always consult their doctor first though before including honey into their diet.

  • Eczema and Dermititis

Manuka Honey is great for all kind of skin conditions, ranging from eczema, psoriasis, acne, and pimples, to rashes, insect bites and coldsores, because of the anti-septic and antibacterial properties it contains. It is also used to reduce scars and wrinkles, and it can be found to be the main ingredient in some skin care products. Either eat Manuka honey or apply it directly to the skin.

  • Gum Disease

Eating Manuka honey can significantly help your oral hygiene, because the properties in it aren't effected by body fluids, so Manuka honey stays potent even as you're eating it.

  • Arthritis

Arthritis pain, as well as all other aches and pains, can be eased by Manuka honey because of it's anti-inflammatory properties.

  • Eye, Ear or Sinus infections

Manuka honey can treat ear, eye or sinus infections too. It is safe to mix with lukewarm water and be used in a dropper straight into the eye or ear, which can be repeated until symptoms are gone.

A Quick Look at the Health Benefits of Manuka Honey

Here is a quick overview of all the health benefits of Manuka honey:

Internal Uses

  • IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Heartburn
  • Arthritis
  • Aches and Pains
  • Acid Reflux
  • Gum Disease
  • Stomach Pain
  • Ulcers
  • Sore Throat and Cold
  • Energy booster
  • Immune System

External Uses

  • Skin Ulcers
  • Nail Fungus
  • Burns
  • Cold Sores
  • Yeast Infections
  • Psoriasis
  • Surgical Wounds
  • Pressure Sores
  • MRSA Infections
  • Rashes
  • Eczema and dermatitis
  • Acne
  • Scars and Wrinkles
  • Insect Bites
  • Ringworm
  • Athlete's Foot


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    • Highlandproduct profile image


      3 years ago

      I like Manuka honey lot for medical use which the type I use is Activon

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      6 years ago

      I always go for manuka honey from these people, is genuine stuff and tastes great straight from the jar

    • GJ56 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      It's fantastic stuff, I know a lot of people that have benefited from it! Thanks for your comment : )

    • gingersmaltese profile image


      7 years ago from 27597

      Honey is so great! thanks for the useful info. Voted up, useful and followed. Thanks!


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