This medicinal trilogy helps make up what is referred to as the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF), a global standard in identifying and measuring the antibacterial strength of Manuka. Essentially, the UMF is a guarantee that the honey being sold is of a medicinal quality.
Use it in a homemade face wash to exfoliate and fight free radicals in the skin. Use it in your shampoo or a hair mask, to boost the shine of your hair. One of my favorite uses is in a detox drink, to get the most benefits inside and out!
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The Manuka honey health benefits are clear to see, however it also has beauty benefits, too. ‘Pure, organic Manuka Honey is the perfect natural alternative for curing acne and skin infections,’ says skincare expert Malvina Fraser. ‘It’s also a natural moisturiser that improves skin hydration because it’s able to absorb moisture directly from the air and draw it into the skin.’
Whether it was with the Far Eastern Vedic tradition or ancient Greek mythology, or in Biblical times, where the promised land was known as the “land flowing with milk and honey.” cultures around the globe have praised honey for being an amazing healing treasure.
In terms of honey being used as a medicine, ‘medical grade honey’ is licensed around the world for wound care treatment. There have been many recent research developments stemming from Cardiff University which have shown honeys in general, and particularly manuka honey, as effective with chronic wounds and MRSA (antibiotic-resistant infection).
Continued How Manuka Honey Is Used The main medical use for manuka honey is on top of a wound. It is generally used for treating minor wounds and burns. Manuka honey is also marketed for use in many other conditions. These include: Preventing and treating cancer Reducing high cholesterol Reducing systemic inflammation Treating diabetes Treating eye, ear, and sinus infections Treating gastrointestinal problems But the evidence is limited on whether or not manuka honey is effective for these conditions. The honey used to treat wounds is a medical-grade honey. It is specially sterilized and prepared as a dressing. So the jar of manuka honey in the pantry should not be considered part of a first aid kit. Wounds and infections should be seen and treated by a health care professional. What the Science Says About Manuka Honey Several recent studies show manuka honey is effective when used on top of wounds and leg ulcers. Studies also show it’s effective in fighting infection and promoting healing. But not all studies show that it helps to heal ulcers. And there is concern that manuka honey may actually delay healing in people who have ulcers related to diabetes. The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database lists honey as being “possibly effective” to treat burns and wounds. The Cochrane Review notes that honey may shorten healing times in mild burns compared with traditional dressings. However, honey dressings do not increase leg ulcer healing at 12 weeks even when used with compression wraps. Another recent study suggests that manuka honey may be effective in preventing gingivitis and other periodontal disease by reducing the buildup of plaque. And in 2010, the scientific steering committee of the National Cancer Institute approved a proposal for the use of manuka honey for the reduction of inflammation of the esophagus associated with chemotherapy. Another possible benefit of honey is that, unlike antibiotics, it has not been reported to cause development of resistant bacteria. These so-called “superbugs” develop after repeated exposure to common antibiotics. They require special antibiotics to treat them. So far, studies have not shown manuka honey to be effective for treating high cholesterol or balancing the bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract. Also, no major studies have looked at the effect of manuka honey on cancer, diabetes, or fungal infections.
Harvey Nichols, £14.95 (250g). While its leptosperin levels are a respectable 205mg/kg, it scored only 77.9mg/kg for MGO, just below the minimum that is said to provide health-boosting benefits.
Mānuka honey is markedly viscous, having the highest viscosity among a range of honeys. This property is due to the presence of a protein or colloid and is its main visually defining character, along with its typical dark cream to dark brown colour. To be labelled New Zealand mānuka honey, at least 70% of its pollen content should come from Leptospermum scoparium.
Is Manuka honey worth the money? Manuka honey has become increasingly popular in recent years, and can be very expensive. It tends to be sold as having health benefits – but what is the evidence for these? Manuka honey originated in New Zealand, and it is made from nectar collected by bees that forage on the wild manuka tree, which give it a distinctive flavour. But what about its supposed health benefits?Most honey is believed to have some bacteria killing properties because it contains chemicals that produce hydrogen peroxide. However, in 1991 a study from the Honey Research Unit in New Zealand showed that when you remove the hydrogen peroxide from a range of honeys, manuka was the only type that kept its ability to kill bacteria. This is due to the presence of a unique ingredient, now identified as methylglyoxal, which has specific antimicrobial properties.In response to this discovery, jars of manuka honey began to be marketed bearing a UMF number – “Unique Manuka Factor” – relating to how many bacteria the honey could kill once the hydrogen peroxide had been removed.The labelling on jars has, however, caused some confusion. As well as the UMF rating, some jars display MGO, (methylglyoxal) which equates to the same sort of measurement, while others show NPA or TA. The NPA (non-peroxide activity) rating is similarly founded on the level of methyglyoxal the honey contains once the hydrogen peroxide has been removed. TA is instead the total activity, so this includes the hydrogen peroxide, which is present in normal honey. At the same time, some jars can be found with ‘Activity’ or ‘Active’ next to numbers, while some just have numbers alone with no explanation as to their justification.The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) in New Zealand has released its own voluntary labelling guidelines. What about its medical properties?In terms of honey being used as a medicine, ‘medical grade honey’ is licensed around the world for wound care treatment. There have been many recent research developments stemming from Cardiff University which have shown honeys in general, and particularly manuka honey, as effective with chronic wounds and MRSA (antibiotic-resistant infection). However, it is very important to note that any honey used in this capacity will be medical-grade honey with the impurities removed: you should not apply any honey to your wounds at home.Instead, many people buy it thinking that it might help with sore throats, gut problems or even allergies. So what is the evidence for these benefits?There is not enough evidence that methylglyoxal survives being eaten, nor that it does any good inside the body. This is not an area in which a lot of independently-funded research has been done, but although there is as mall bit of evidence that in general honey can soothe a sore throat, there is not yet conclusive evidence to suggest that eating shop-bought manuka honey will be any more effective at this than a cheaper alternative. Similarly, there hasn’t been robust conclusive evidence to show it can be used to ease indigestion.So, although some people will swear by its properties, this has not been backed up by clinical trials. Useful links Honey as an Effective Antimicrobial Treatment for Chronic Wounds (www.dovepress.com) Manuka Honey may help fight superbugs (www.nhs.uk) Recent primary school double blind controlled trial into manuka honey (www.gillespie.islington.sch.uk) What should I be eating/drinking? Issues covered in series 3
‘Manuka Honey can be used on its own as a facial mask by simply applying the honey on a clean damp face,’ says Malvina Fraser. ‘However, my favourite Manuka honey mask includes coconut oil and avocado to intensely hydrate. This delicious smelling mask eradicates any dryness and leaves you with a healthy, luminous glow.’
With no escape from coughs and sneezes, especially on our daily commutes on the packed tube or condensation-laden buses, the best way to tackle getting ill this winter is to try and prevent it in the first place. Manuka honey’s uses spread beyond prevention, and can even help once illness has taken grip.
“It is a nightmare, I don’t feel safe any more,” says Kearney as she sits at her kitchen table on her family’s farm, 40km east of the Northland hub of Kaitaia. “I feel violated. It has almost turned into a PTSD experience for me.”
Our raw Active Manuka Honey is produced in the South Island of New Zealand. Manuka has been widely publicised for its medicinal and health benefits. Because of UK Law we are not allowed to repeat any medicinal research that has been carried out, but we can say that our Manuka Honey is the most rigorously tested Manuka on the market. We test for MGO methylglyoxal, this is the chemical found in Manuka honey that actually creates its activity. This is the only reliable way of testing Manuka honey and we do not subscribe to comparing it to phenol or carbolic as many suppliers do. Comparative testing is now known to be more reliant on the tester’s opinion than scientific proof. We supply Manuka in the equivalent strengths of 10 and 15 plus varieties as an aid to promoting good health. We also supply a basic Manuka and also a Wildflower and Manuka honey.
There are many health disorders associated with poor sleep such as, heart disease, type II diabetes, stroke, and arthritis. Since honey is proven to aid in quality sleep; it also helps lower the risk of these and many other heath problems.
When a good idea comes along, particularly in the health and wellbeing field, people often pick up on its essence rather than its detail. Take the “five a day” edict, for example. Everyone knows that it means you should eat five portions of fruit and veg a day, but most of us get a bit hazy on the detail. If you have a huge portion, does it count as two? (No.) And potatoes are a vegetable, aren’t they, so do they count? (Again, no.) It’s even more confusing when you take a newer idea like the benefits of Manuka honey, which has become a much-hyped superfood. But what does it do, exactly? A recent survey of people who bought the stuff showed that 58 per cent of them believed Manuka honey to be better than ordinary honey, but they didn’t know why. In addition, 70 per cent of them didn’t know what the UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) number on the front of the pots meant. Manuka honey has long had a reputation as a “healing” honey and, because it comes from bees that have been busy pollinating the Manuka trees that grow almost exclusively in the East Cape region of New Zealand, it has rarity value. This makes it expensive. Related Articles Recipes with honey: out of the sweet came strength 15 Mar 2014 Moroccan roast bird with honey, spices and grapes recipe 15 Mar 2014 Sticky Chinese pork ribs recipe 15 Mar 2014 Fried sweet ricotta ravioli with honey recipe 15 Mar 2014 Pain d’épices recipe 15 Mar 2014 Honey has long been seen as one of health’s “superfoods” (I use the inverted commas as no food is “super” in isolation), offering a number of benefits. Local honey containing local pollen can help reduce the symptoms of hay fever. Most honeys contain a naturally occurring active agent, which is thought to support good health but is easily destroyed when exposed to heat and light. Manuka honey contains an extra, naturally occurring active ingredient, which makes it distinct from other honeys. This additional component is stable and doesn’t lose its potency when exposed to heat, light or dilution. Its special quality is known as UMF and the higher the UMF, the more potent the honey and its powers (aficionados reckon that you need a UMF of 10 or higher for the honey to be properly effective). It has antiviral and antibacterial actions, which is a good excuse for scoffing the stuff neat at the first sign of a cold or sore throat. Most people who buy Manuka honey simply put it on their toast or in their tea, but where it really comes into its own is in treating wounds. In New Zealand, it has long been used in this way and studied extensively. Now, the NHS is doing the same. 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. It seems a shame to confine such a wonder substance to the boring business of healing wounds – hence the proliferation of skincare products containing Manuka honey. Will they really help heal your skin and enhance natural cell renewal better than their non-UMF-bearing competitors? It’s a sweet idea, but one that you might have to take with a pinch of salt. Manuka Gold Active UMF 10+ honey, £8.39 at Waitrose, health food stores and www.trustwilliam.com (0870 850 7114) For more information about Manuka honey, visit www.manukabuzz.co.uk The Dr Organic bioactive skincare range contains Manuka honey. Manuka Honey Foot & Heel Cream, to deodorise, moisturise and soothe the feet, costs £4.99 at Holland & Barrett or