I have heard of manuka honey many, many years ago but didn't really invest in it. One of the main reasons is, it comes with a high price tag per bottle. I am so used to buying honey that cost me less than MYR 10 and honestly, I don't see myself buying manuka honey because..well..honey is honey right?
Last few months ago, I found myself purchasing this because my doctor advised me that consuming manuka honey will help me in my irritable bowel syndrome. Moreover, I managed to get a good deal via deal mates and why not...just give it a try. It was my first time ever buying from those group deals sites and to my surprise, it was pretty simple and thank God, the distributor was very nice and helpful. I will talk more about this in my next post.
As I begin to do more research on manuka honey, I was surprised that it has so many benefits. Manuka honey is a special type of honey that is derived from a particular floral source in New Zealand, that has been found to have extraordinary healing properties. It has been used successfully to cure...
- Health Benefits - Manuka honey provides support to the natural immune response and apart from just simply nutritious and delicious, manuka honey has superb antibacterial properties - identified by their strength as UMF 10+, UMF 15+ or UMF 20+, where UMF 20+ is the strongest. The unique non-peroxide antibacterial property in the honey has been recommended to aid the normal physiological processes of the body as well as providing support to a heathy digestive system and overall health.
- Cold and Sore Throats - Manuka honey is also known to be able to effectively provide a soothing action on throats and helps with the tickle. Studies have found that after taking UMF manuka honey, patients with an onset of sore throat or who are having sore throat reported a significant improvement to their conditions. Many have also reported that UMF manuka honey helps ward off the effects of a cold by taking it as soon as the first sign of a cold is felt.
- Eczema and other forms of dermatitis - Manuka honey has been known to heal damaged skin, rebuild cells and regenerate new skin growth. It also has the ability to moisturize and soothe cracked and damaged skin. Applying Manuka honey directly to affected areas can provide relief to those who suffer from dermatitis, psoriasis and dry skin conditions by softening, moisturizing and rejuvenating irritated skin.
- Arthritis - Manuka honey has natural anti-inflammatory properties ( Glucosamine and Chondroitin ) that can be used as a natural pain reliever by reducing inflammation associated with joint and muscle pain. Manuka honey has the ability to penetrate the surface of the skin, diffusing into the depth of skin tissue, making its way to the affected area.
- Infected Wounds - Manuka honey's main claim to fame is its extremely powerful antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that promotes healing. Unlike many other topical antiseptics, manuka honey causes no damage to the skin because the hydrogen peroxide present is produced in a slow release manner that is strong enough to disinfect but low enough not to cause tissue damage.In addition to being extremely effective in treating wounds, manuka honey can also be used on burns.
- Fungal Infections - Fungal infections are caused by microscopic organisms that feed on dead tissues of the hair, nails and outer layers of the skin. Studies have shown that manuka honey contains antifungal properties, making it effective in treating ringworm and other fungal conditions such as athlete's foot, jock itch and nail fungus.
- Acne Cream - Manuka honey has the ability to absorb impurities from the pores in the skin, making it an ideal cleansing agent. It's especially effective in fading red marks and killing bacteria. The presence of manuka honey also helps to break up and release the blockage of individual follicles leading to the cause of acne.
- Wrinkles - Manuka Honey is very good for the skin due to the presence of vitamins and antioxidants. Manuka Honey's ability to absorb and retain moisture make it an ideal natural ingredient as it helps keep skin hydrated and fresh. In fact, history shows that ancient beauties regularly applied a mixture of honey and milk to the face to keep their skin looking young, radiant and smooth. Honey's natural antioxidant and antimicrobial properties help to protect the skin from the damage of the sun's rays while supporting the skin's ability to rejuvenate and refresh depleted skin. Manuka honey has also been known to increase the production of collagen and improve the skin's elasticity. It repairs damaged skin and regenerates new skin growth that is rich in collagen fibers and elastin.
It sounds really really interesting and good right? This is kinda like a superfood to me. So, have any of you started taking manuka honey already? Do share.