The benefits of Manuka honey

Historically honey has been used for medicinal purposes dating back thousands of years. Honey is one of nature’s richest antimicrobial sources.

There are many types of honey and like most things today, not all honeys are created equal. The honey that you buy in the supermarket is not the same as raw unfiltered honey. Majority of the honey sold in supermarkets is fake and just as bad as eating sugar.

Raw honey is best. The appeal of raw honey is that it is unprocessed, unheated and has all its live, nutritious enzymes preserved.

Try and buy raw local honey directly from a trusted beekeeper. Local honey comes from the bees that live in your neighbourhood and is well known to be a great immune booster against seasonal allergies.

Medicinal Grade Versus Food Grade

Manuka honey has a considerably higher level of enzymes than regular honey and an amazing nutritional profile. Manuka honey’s nutritional content is up to 4 times that of normal flower honeys. This is what is called the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF).

To be considered potent enough to be therapeutic, manuka honey needs a minimum rating of 10 UMF. Honey at or above that level is marketed as "UMF Manuka Honey" or "Active Manuka Honey."

Here is an explanation of what manuka honey UMF you should use:

  • 0-4 Non-therapeutic
  • 4-9 Maintenance level with general honey health benefits
  • 10-14 Supports natural healing and bacterial balance
  • 15+ Superior levels of phenols that are highly therapeutic me.

Manuka honey is very beneficial at reducing reflux and balancing your digestive system to heal stomach and intestinal imbalances.

Chronic inflammation has the risk of cancer development. Examples of cancers developing in patients suffering from chronic inflammatory include colorectal carcinomas developing in patients with Ulcerative Colitis and Chron's disease and thyroid cancers in patients with autoimmune thyroiditis. Honey is a potent anti-inflammatory agent.

This study showed how manuka honey not only healed intestinal inflammation and pain, but also repaired free radical damage, and protected against further damage.

Honey's benefits are not limited to the gut.

One study found honey boosts brain function and prevents cognitive decline and dementia. Honey is the only food to contain pinocembrin, an antioxidant connected with improved brain performance. Research shows that honey may help postmenopausal women’s memory stay sharp by simply taking one spoonful each day. Honey also helps the brain absorb calcium, which helps with memory as well.

Honey possesses carcinogen-preventing and anti-tumour properties. Honey is highly cytotoxic against tumour or cancer cells while it is non-cytotoxic to normal cells. Honey has potential role in alleviating the causes of cancer thus a possible natural cancer vaccine.

Honey provides significant relief of cough in children with upper respiratory tract infection.

It has been shown to be effective in management of dermatitis and psoriasis vulgaris.

Milk and honey
Heat a cup of milk, stir in a teaspoon of honey (or more to taste). This is a really good drink for just before bedtime.
Turmeric Tea or Golden Milk
Turmeric tea has many health benefits and is made with a teaspoon of honey (or more to taste). You can read about the health benefits of turmeric, including a recipe for turmeric tea.
Rasberry-Lemon Gummy Bears
This homemade gummy bear recipe uses only four ingredients, including honey, and is super easy to make. You can read about the health benefits of gelatin, including the gummy bear recipe.
Apple cider vinegar and honey drink
Mix together 1-2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar (with the mother) with 1-2 teaspoons of honey. Stir in 1 cup of cold or warm water (depending on preference).

Read about the importance of probiotics and the gut-brain connection or why gluten may be bad for you even if you're not celiac.