Manuka honey benefits are popular and well known by complementary medicine practitioners such as naturopaths and homeopaths as well as by laypeople.
From its discovery in New Zealand centuries ago until our modern age, humanity around the globe has benefitted in multiple and unimaginable ways from this simple New Zealand honey.
Because of it’s rising consumer and health usage, researchers have been conducting clinical trials since 1981 in order to scientifically discover and confirm Manuka honey’s wide spectrum of benefits.
Despite the fact that more research is ongoing for certain health conditions, the research is actually very promising, contrary to ungrounded claims such as those posted by skeptics.
Unfortunately, there is no research showing the effectiveness of Manuka honey for acne or eczema, although you can find lots of anecdotal evidence on Google.
Even in some hospitals around the world, Manuka honey is used as a last resort medicine to treat tough bacterial infections from bacteria such as MRSA.
Here is some of the research out there:
Researchers: Eric Hammond and Eric Donkor.
Journal: BMC Research Notes.
Participants/Method: Doses of Manuka honey were applied to 3 different broth solutions of Clostridium difficile, a pathogen causing intestine inflammation.
Results: Manuka honey was shown to effectively stop and destroy the pathogen.
Researchers: H.K. English, A.R. Pack, P.C. Molan.
Journal: Journal of International Academic of Periodontology.
Participants/Method: In this pilot study, 30 volunteers were chosen to either chew or suck on a Manuka honey product, or on a sugarless gum for 10 minutes, 3x/day after every meal for 21 days.
The researchers wanted to look to see if Manuka honey had an effect on fighting plaque and gingivitis
Results: Manuka honey was shown to be significantly better in treating plaque and gingivitis than the placebo chewing gum
Researchers: Prakash et. al.
Journal: Phytotherapy Research.
Participants/Method: 30 male and female rats were induced with inflammatory bowel disease and then divided into 5 treatment groups: ethanol, TNBS, 5 grams of Manuka honey, 10 grams of Manuka honey, or sulfasalazine. The rats were treated with their respective substances for 14 days.
Results: Although more research is needed to confirm these results beyond a doubt, the study suggested that Manuka honey effectively healed the inflammation and pain in the intestines.
Additionally, it offered protection against more potential intestinal damages, much more significantly than the other controls.
Researchers: Tonks, et. al.
Journal: Journal of Leukocyte Biology.
Participants/Method: Researchers examined the contents of Manuka honey and its biological effect on the immune system
Results: They discovered that Manuka was able to stimulate immune cells using the TLR4 protein, and they recommended using Manuka money for a variety of chronic and acute wounds.
Researchers: Sarah E. Maddocks, Marta Salinas Lopez, Richard S. Rowlands, Rose A. Cooper.
Participants/Method: Manuka honey was tested to see if it could fight the bacteria Streptococcus pyogenes, which causes sore throats.
Results: In their own words: “These findings indicate that manuka honey has potential in the topical treatment of wounds containing S. pyogenes.”
Researchers: Somal, Coley, Molan, Hancock.
Journal: Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.
Participants/Method: Examining the effects of the bacteria Helicobacter pylori (which has been linked to intestinal inflammation, stomach ulcers, and even stomach cancer, among other related intestinal illnesses), researchers wanted to see Manuka honey’s effect on this type of bacteria.
Results: Manuka honey was successfully able to reduce the growth of this bacteria, even at a more minimal dosage than other honeys within a 72 hour period.
Researchers: Natarjan & others.
Journal: Journal of Dermatological Treatment.
Participants/Method: Doctors topically used Manuka honey to attempt to treat a leg ulcer emanating from the MRSA bacteria, without any other conventional methods.
Results: The MRSA was destroyed followed by very a quick healing process on the infected area. They concluded that Manuka honey, and honey in general, “can promote effective wound healing.
Manuka Honey Benefits are REAL
Although there is not so much research specifically proving Manuka honey’s benefit on treating certain symptoms such as allergies and insomnia, there are studies that demonstrate regular honey’s effectiveness in these areas.
So therefore, it’s almost logical to assume that if there are certain benefits in regular honey, then of course, Manuka honey also has those benefits too.
In most cases, Manuka honey can definitely be more effective in fighting those conditions than regular honey, though there are exceptions.
What Even Regular Honey Can Do For You!
Although it does not have as close to the amount of antibacterial enzymes as Manuka honey, regular honey has still been shown to treat…
To see a nice clinical review of regular honey’s benefits, see this.