Manuka Honey Benefits and Uses
How much do you know about manuka honey? The standards for producing manuka honey are very high. To be recognised as genuine manuka honey, manufacturers have to use registered and licenced beekeepers who carry the UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) label. With that pedigree, manuka honey is prized for its deep golden colour as well as its reported health benefits as an antimicrobial, so it’s easy to see why we chose to feature it in our new Manuka Honey & Mustard Salad Dressing. Learn all about manuka honey benefits and uses!
What is manuka honey?
Manuka honey is native to New Zealand and some parts of Australia, where European bees forage on manuka trees. To ensure the purity and quality of genuine manuka honey, the UMF grading system was developed — look for the trademark UMF logo on your next jar of manuka!
What are the health benefits of manuka honey?
Studies have found that manuka honey contains antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Manuka honey’s health benefits stem from the compound, methylglyoxal. This compound means manuka honey can be used to promote healing in superficial burns, eyelid wounds and oral wounds. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration approved it for use as wound treatment in 2015.
Those antibacterial properties can also help promote oral health. By targeting the bacteria that lead to plaque and tooth decay, manuka honey has produced promising results as a preventative for oral disease and decay.
Beyond its antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, manuka honey is also an effective prebiotic. As it contains oligosaccharides, the honey helps to feed the good bacteria in your gut, promoting a healthy biome and promoting digestive health.
Antibiotic resistant infections
The looming threat of bacterial infections that are resistant to antibiotics is front of mind for many in the medical community. So it’s surprising to learn that a study from 2020 identified medical-grade manuka honey as a potential alternative treatment for resistant infections.
Sore throat and cough relief
It’s a classic for a reason – studies have shown honey can be more effective at treating a cough in children than cough syrup. With its added anti-inflammatory properties, manuka honey has shown to be an effective remedy for both coughs and sore throats.
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