4.12.2015 | 13:19
There aren’t so many types of honey that have a lot to offer you. Manuka honey health benefits are an exception to this rule however.
We generally view honey as a sweet, delicious condiment for eating certain foods. Whether it’s dipping some apples in honey, or using it just as an ingredient for baking, it’s always a yummy treat.
But what if I told you that honey isn’t just that?
What if I told you that you can medicinally get way more out of a jar of honey than you could imagine?
Well, you definitely can! And it’s more than you would ever imagine.
The only catch though is that these unique and awesome natural benefits don’t just come from any honey…they only come from Manuka honey!
What Exactly is Manuka Honey??
Made in New Zealand, Manuka honey is derived from bees that pollinate the Manuka bush. It is considered by health experts to be one of the best medicinal honey products in the world.
Manuka honey is packed with numerous health and beauty qualities, which will be discussed below. This honey has been used for centuries as an effective natural medicine.
Unlike most honey products, Manuka honey doesn’t contain any of the garbage like preservatives. It comes in its purest form straight from the bush itself.
Manuka Honey Packs a Punch!!
Contrary to regular honey, Manuka honey is jammed packed with numerous nutrients, all of which are vital for our physiological function. Not only that, but the content of these nutrients in Manuka honey is 4 times more than your average honey.
Some of these vital nutrients include…
- Amino acids
- Various B vitamins
Additionally, Manuka honey is known to have higher amounts of enzymes than found in other types of honey, making it a great antibacterial food.
In other words, it’s better than honey when using to cure an acute sickness.
The universal standard used to measure the antibacterial content of different Manuka honeys is called the Unique Manuka Factor, or UMF for short.
Without confusing you with the details, the UMF measures each pack of Manuka honey according its antibacterial quality, which basically shows to what extent is the Manuka honey you purchase medicinal or not.
Note that not all Manuka honeys contain UMF. Even in the spectrum of those that do contain a substantial UMF, that spectrum itself is varied.
Because of this, it’s very important to have these kinds of standards in order to differentiate the medicinal honeys from other non-medicinal ones.
Many organizations in New Zealand test and provide UMF’s for the more legitimate Manuka honeys.
UMF Numbers & Their Effects
Within the UMF standards, these are the ranges of levels of UMF and what exactly it means. So if a honey has a specific number, then it shows the extent of its medicinal effect as follows:
0-4 means that it has no medicinal effect whatsoever.
4-9 means that it contains similar benefits of conventional honey.
10-14 means that it can provide natural healing and maintain normal bacteria levels.
15 & over means that it provides an even higher level of specific healing, but should be limited to no more than 1 tablespoon at a time.
As an important note, there is substantial and expanding clinical research on many of the health benefits of Manuka honey.
Now, the Manuka Honey Health Benefits…
As stated earlier, Manuka honey can eaten or applied topically to naturally treat a very wide range of physical symptoms. It depends on the condition you want to treat.
Because of its massive antibacterial strength, its able to kill the bad bacteria and germs in order to to cure and simultaneously strengthen your entire body for the future.
That means that not only can it induce healing, but Manuka honey can also help naturally protect you from similar illnesses in the future!
Even when simply consuming the honey, the best way to go about this is to eat it raw…straight up! But if it’s too sweet for you, then it’s fine ti mix it into a food or drink like yoghurt or tea.
A Very Informative Video
Here is a nice video from Dr. Josh Axe, a popular physician who is an expert in using natural foods for health. He explains here the benefits and best ways to use Manuka honey for any condition:
For those not interested in watching his 5 minute here are the benefits written out and how best to use them for each respective condition:
For small intestine bacteria overgrowth [SIBO], you should eat a spoonful of the honey.
For low stomach acid, you should eat a spoonful of the honey.
For staph infections, you should eat a spoonful of the honey.
For burns, ulcers, you should consume or spread the honey on top of the infected area.
For wounds, you should consume or spread the honey on top of the infected area.
For tooth decay, you should eat a spoonful of the honey.
For gingivitis, you should eat a spoonful of the honey.
For inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), you should eat a spoonful of the honey.
For sore throats & throat inflammation from the side effects of chemotherapy, you should add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon to the honey and then consume it for quicker and better results.
For allergies, you should you should eat a spoonful of the honey.
For sinuses, you should eat a spoonful of the honey.
For sleeplessness, it’s best to add the honey to a glass of milk and then drink the milk. This enables the body to release melatonin, which should help you sleep faster.
Instead of eating the honey, it is also possible to consume the honey mixed into a hot tea.
Other Incredible Benefits of Manuka Honey
Remarkably, Manuka honey can also promote youthfulness and beauty by enhancing one’s vitality and energy levels.
This can be best done either through eating, drinking, spreading on your face as a face wash.
It can also can lower the risk of certain conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, and others as well.
You can also mix it with your shampoo or even soap while in the shower to beautify your skin more!
One of the best ways to get the most out of a jar of Manuka honey is to mix it with your own detox drink.
That will ensure to combine the nutrients of the detox as well as from the Manuka honey to provide more profound and deeper physical healing.
I hope you found this article to be interesting and informative.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, simply leave a comment below and I will respond as soon as possible.