What is Manuka Honey and What are the Benefits?
Manuka honey comes from New Zealand, from the nectar of the flowers on the Manuka bush. It is said that the Manuka bush has been used for health and healing for more than 800 years.
What makes Manuka honey medicinal is that it contains naturally occurring hydrogen peroxide (what we use to clean a cut or scrape) in minimal concentration. However, the real bacteria-killing component comes from a natural substance called methylglyoxal (MG). The higher the content of MG, the stronger its effect for killing bacteria. A Unique Manuka Factor, or UMF, is given to each jar of honey as this tells its potency.
What is Manuka honey used for?
-has been used for helping prevent cancer and as part of cancer treatment
-helps reduce cholesterol
-reduces inflammation in the body
-for treatment of infections
-for gastrointestinal problems
-for wound treatment
When purchasing Manuka honey, check the label for country of origin as there are companies that sell fake honey.