Manuka honey comes from the manuka bush which is typically found in the remote areas of New Zealand. This has something extraordinary and naturally present not found in any variety of honey. Historically, manuka honey is used for medical purposes and are one of nature's richest anti-microbial, anti-viral and antioxidant that can help to increase vitality and immunity. It has been indicated that it can heal wounds, sore throats, digestive illness and skin ulcers that haven’t responded to standard treatments.
Regular raw honey is known for its tremendous nutritional and immune-boosting abilities. Generally, the typical raw honey is a rich source of Amino acids, B vitamins (B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid), Calcium, Copper, Iron, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Manganese, Potassium, Sodium, and Zinc. In addition, below are its benefits.
Benefits of Manuka Honey:
The nutritional value of honey is fractionally dependent on its mineral content (stated above) in various amount. The mineral content of honey is normally determined by electrical conductivity test; the higher the conductivity, the higher its mineral content. Manuka honey is general exhibits four times the conductivity of a regular honey which proves to be more superior in mineral content.
IBD and IBS
Manuka honey is effective in preventing colonic inflammation and affecting the repair of colon lining damage due to chronic IBD or Inflammatory Bowel Disease. The most common symptoms of it are stomach pain and cramps while IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome is the most gastrointestinal complaint characterized by constipation and diarrhea in addition to stomach discomfort.
Cold and Flu
Manuka honey helps to protect against catching virus during the flu season because are both highly contagious. Taking a teaspoon of it 2-3 times a day helps everyone to tide over the cold and flu season without incident because of its immune-boosting action. In the case of getting a cold, a honey drink can ease the symptoms.
Burns, Wounds, and Ulcers
The use of manuka honey leads to improved wounds healing in acute cases, pain relief and decreased inflammatory response in burn patients. Additionally, because of its inflammatory characteristics, manuka honey is shown to prevent infection in people with ulcers.
Manuka honey has also beauty benefits. It is the perfect natural alternative for curing acne and skin infections. Aside from that, it improves skin dehydration because it absorbs moisture directly from the air and draws it into the skin.
Manuka honey is one of a great way for improving the health of our gut and banishing bloating. It helps reducing inflammation from digestive disorders, easing abdominal discomfort and bloating. Manuka honey contains a natural prebiotic which is important for nurturing the gut’s good bacteria to help the digestive system rebalance naturally.
Eczema and Hives
Manuka honey is used to manage eczema and hives and prevent complications. A mixture of manuka honey, manuka oil and beeswax will act as a moisturizing screen on the damaged skin and keep it intact. It protects skins against infections.
Safety precaution: manuka honey is considered safe for particular use except those who have allergies to bee products. Diabetic people should consume it with caution. It can be safely consumed by adults and children 1 year above although it has an earthy flavor and slightly bitter taste. So, using manuka honey may take some time getting used to. For other purposes, it’s better to consult a doctor.