The Many Benefits of Raw Manuka Honey
Scientific species name: Leptospermum scoparium
Manuka honey is from the native tea tree of New Zealand and unique to this country. The Maori people traditionally used manuka as a medicinal plant. A drink made from the leaves reduced fevers and treated colds. Preparations made from the bark acted as a sedative and the crushed leaves made an antiseptic oil. Manuka honey has a distinctive flavor and unique antibacterial properties.
WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT ACTIVE MANUKA HONEY?
Most honeys are in some way antibacterial but normally this antibacterial activity is almost exclusively derived from Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) and is referred to as Peroxide Activity or PA. This is created from the activity of the enzyme Glucose Oxidase in honey. Like many enzymes, Glucose Oxidase is inactivated by light and heat. The stronger the light and/or heat, the faster it is inactivated. Active Manuka Honey has been found to have further antibacterial activity which, unlike other honeys, is derived from Non Peroxide Activity (NPA). This is more stable and is not affected by light and/or moderate heat. Not all Manuka Honey has this special quality and those that do are referred to as 'UMF Honey'. UMF stands for 'Unique Manuka Factors' and the higher the number the higher the antibacterial activity. This UMF activity is identified by testing in an independent laboratory.
Doctor Peter Molan, from the University of Waikato, has done research, and found that it has major healing effect on burns, ulcers, throat and eye infections. Moreover it successfully assists the healing process when used as a wound dressing. It was also found especially useful with destroying bacteria associated with peptic ulcers
Recently Dr. Molan’s research team found in some (but not all) Manuka honeys a second natural, antibacterial element. This non-peroxide component in UMF® Manuka Honey is effective against such resistant bacteria as super bug staphylococcus aureus and helicobacter pylori. Remarkably the “good bacteria” in the stomach are not eliminated by the UMF®. Dr. Molan has not found a bacterium that would be resistant to the UMF® activity.
The UMF® antibacterial property is not found in all manuka honey but in only a small percentage of manuka honeys. The presence of this property can be detected only by laboratory testing. The UMF® rating indicates the antibacterial strength of the honey. Manuka Honey with a UMF® level of 10 or more is endorsed by the Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato as having special uses especially in treating stomach ulcers, skin ulcers, wounds, burns, infections. The higher the UMF® rating, the greater the antibacterial potency of the honey.
MANUKA HONEY BENEFITS:
These are some of the internal conditions that Active UMF® Honey maybe used to treat:
Take one teaspoon of Active Manuka Honey on a small piece of food (bread, toast, etc), four times a day, 30 minutes before each of your main meals and before going to bed. Do not drink or eat anything else during this 30 minutes.
These are some of the External conditions that can be treated with Active UMF® Manuka Honey:
To treat these external conditions use as follows:
To treat these conditions apply UMF® Honey to the effected area 2 -3 times a day.
Active Manuka Honey is also recommended as an external treatment for pets.
MANUKA HONEY ADVANTAGES
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