Honey, otherwise known as “liquid gold”, is one of the oldest sweeteners on earth.
It possesses some of the most powerful health benefits known to man, for use both inside and out of the body.
Honey can help soothe a sore throat, get rid of chronic coughing, prevent cancer and heart disease, reduce ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders, heal wounds and burns, and also acts as a probiotic, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal agent.
Cultures around the globe have praised honey for centuries, as the ultimate healing treasure. Even unspoiled pots of honey were discovered in the excavated tombs of Egyptian royals from thousands of years ago.
Now, recent studies have determined that one special type of honey, namely, manuka honey, can kill deadly bacteria more effectively than pharmaceutical antibiotics.
The Magic of Manuka
Manuka honey is native to New Zealand, where it is produced by bees who pollinate the manuka bush.
Methylglyoxal, the healing component of Manuka honey, is converted from dihydroxyacetone, which is in the nectar of manuka flowers. All honey contains methylglyoxal, but in quantities much lower than that found in manuka honey.
Manuka honey has an impressive nutritional profile, too. With most raw, unpasteurized honey, you can receive benefits from amino acids, B vitamins, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, sodium and zinc.
With manuka honey, these nutrients are magnified 4-fold, meaning it contains 4 times the amount found in typical raw, unfiltered honey. This is referred to as the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF).
UMF is now used as a global standard in determining and measuring the antibacterial strength of Manuka honey. It guarantees that the honey you are buying is of medicinal quality.
Bacterial-Killing Action of Manuka
Honey possesses a variety of different anti-microbial properties and activities. These include:
1. High sugar concentration = high osmolarity 2. Low pH 3. Production of hydrogen peroxide (produced from glucose oxidase originating from bees) 4. Unknown components provided from bees and the flowers they pollinate
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