Scientific Research around the natural health benefits of Manuka

Scientific Research around the natural health benefits of Manuka
There is a reason Manuka Honey is in demand worldwide and scientists have studied the natural health properties of what makes manuka unique and special and they have found out all of the below. Take a read.

There is a reason Manuka Honey is in demand worldwide and scientists have studied the natural health properties of what makes manuka unique and special and they have found out all of the below. Take a read.

 

Antiviral Properties 

Studies have found that Mānuka honey can help you to fight the flu and various other viruses. Mānuka honey can also benefit your health by helping to stimulate immune-boosting cell production. Adding a tablespoon of our honey to your daily cup of tea can help to boost your immune system, in turn helping your body fight viruses.


Antibacterial Properties

Mānuka honey has strong antibacterial properties that can help stop harmful bacteria in its tracks by literally dehydrating the bacterial microbes. There are no known strains that can resist these effects, which makes Mānuka honey so affective. Mānuka honey can be used to soothe a sore throat and help your body fight the pain-causing bacteria. 


Antimicrobial Properties


Mānuka honey has antimicrobial properties which can help fight wound infections, acne, and other skin problems. Microbial is a microorganism characteristic that can cause infections and disease, so of course antimicrobial means to help fight these. Applying Mānuka honey to cuts, rashes and wounds can help prevent infection and potentially speed up healing time. Honey also makes for a great ingredient in a homemade face mask!


Mānuka Honey for Wound Care


Mānuka honey can be used to dress and treat minor scrapes and cuts to promote rapid healing. The anti-bacterial benefits of Mānuka honey help to fight against infection. Studies have found that Mānuka honey applied to chronic wounds can reduce pH levels and decrease wound size.


Benefits of Mānuka Honey on Skin 


Acne caused by bacteria is no challenge for the antibacterial and antimicrobial properties of Mānuka honey. Applying Mānuka honey directly on your skin as a face mask helps to balance pH levels and provide a healthy, moisturised glow. Mānuka honey may additionally soothe other skin conditions such as eczema or other rashes.


Dental Care


Known oral health benefits of Mānuka honey include reduction of gum inflammation and plaque. When used as a mouthwash, Mānuka honey can reduce the presence of bad bacteria without removing the bacteria that work to keep your teeth healthy. This cleansing process helps to reduce the risk of gingivitis, tooth decay and plaque buildup. 


Digestion Benefits 


Mānuka honey’s anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties can also be beneficial for your digestion. Benefits of eating Mānuka honey, even just one to two tablespoons a day, include relief for problems such as bloating, stomach discomfort and cramps.


Mānuka Honey – the Ultimate Energy Booster


The natural sweetness of pure Mānuka honey acts as a natural energy boost. The glucose and fructose in Mānuka honey provides both fast-acting and slow-releasing energy. For this reason, a teaspoon of honey is a great supplement for workout recovery or to combat that dreaded 3 pm slump. 


References:

Campelo, C., & Fyfe, L. (2016). Honey: A realistic antimicrobial for disorders of the skin. Journal of Microbiology, Immunology and Infection, 49, 161-167. https://www.academia.edu/28665587/Honey_A_realistic_antimicrobial_for_disorders_of_the_skin

Johnston, M., McBride, M., Dahiya, D., Owusu-Apenten, R., & Singh, P. (2018). Antibacterial activity of Manuka honey and its components: An overview. AIMS Microbiol, 4(4), 655-664. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6613335/

Molan, P., & Rhodes, T. (2015). Honey: A Biological Wound Dressing. Wounds, 27(6), 141-151. https://www.woundsresearch.com/article/honey-biologic-wound-dressing
 
Singhal, R., Siddibhavi, M., Sankeshwari, R., Pratibha, P., Jalihal, S., & Ankola, A. (2018). Effectiveness of three mouthwashes – Manuka honey, Raw honey, and Chlorhexidine on plaque and gingival scores of 12-15-year-old school children: A randomised controlled field trial. Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology, 22(1), 34-39. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5855267/

Watanabe, K., Rahmasari, R., Matsunaga, A., Haruyama, T., & Kobayashi, N. (2014). Anti-influenza Virual Effects of Honey In Vitro: Potent High Activity of Manuka Honey. Archives of Medical Research, 45(5), 359-365. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0188440914001106
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