What’s all the buzz about Manuka honey about? Here are 5 potential health benefits of this unique type of honey…
There’s lots of “buzz” out there about the health benefits of raw honey, but there is a certain kind of honey that is supposed to be even better for you than other varieties. This unique type of honey hails from New Zealand, and it is made from the nectar and pollen of the Manuka tree.
Manuka honey is thought to have special healing properties above and beyond other types of honey, which in general, is a known antiseptic with antibacterial properties.
However, Manuka honey is thought by many users to be superior to honey from other sources, and here are a few reasons why so many people swear by it:
Feeling a cold or a sore throat coming on? Stir a teaspoon of Manuka honey into your hot lemon drink to prevent the cold bug taking a grip. Manuka honey is high in antibacterial levels and recommended in the treatment of ulcers, strep throat, cold sores, skin infections, cuts and abrasions.
Manuka honey’s healing properties make it a great all-round super food. ‘It has anti-viral, anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties, and can be used to boost the immune system to help fight off illness and improve skin conditions. It also soothes a sore throat, and can be used externally on cuts, wounds and ulcers.
Adding honey to a glass of warm milk at bedtime helps the body relax and release melatonin into the brain, an important hormone affecting sleep quality and duration. In addition, the ingestion of manuka honey also helps with the slow release of glycogen needed for essential body functions during sleep.
The properties in manuka honey haven’t been shown to develop resistant bacteria, an annoying problem caused by the overuse of antibiotics that leads to the development of “superbugs” that can’t be treated with traditional treatment options. If manuka proves to be as effective as many small studies have found, it could be a powerful disease-fighting option.
In a recent study, Manuka honey treatment resulted in tumor growth being inhibited by around 33% while manuka honey in combination with chemotherapy treatment resulted in a 61% inhibition in cancer growth.