Manuka Honey FAQ

What is Manuka Honey?

Manuka honey is produced by bees that feed on flowers of the New Zealand Manuka bush, which is also known as tea tree or Leptospermum scoparium

For decades, scientists have identified Manuka Honey as having significantly higher levels of antibacterial properties which are not present in honey derived from other plants, making it extremely efficient in treating a wide range of health conditions.

What are the differences between regular honey and Active Manuka Honey?

Honey has been used to heal wounds for thousands of years. Honey is effective in treating wounds owing to the presence of glucose oxidase enzyme, which produces low levels of hydrogen peroxide that can destroy bacterial; hence, regular honey could theoretically be effective in treating wounds. However, this kind of honey looses most of its healing power when it comes in contact with body fluids. Amazingly, UMF Manuka Honey has a stable and persistent antibacterial action. In addition to hydrogen peroxide, UMF Manuka honey contains another antibacterial component called the Unique Manuka Factor, which is proved to have synergistic antibacterial action with hydrogen peroxide.

There are a few major differences between them:

1. Only Manuka Honey provides non-hydrogen peroxide antibacterial components.

2. Manuka Honey’s antibacterial factor is unaffected by enzymes in the body that destroy hydrogen peroxide components.

3. Manuka Honey is highly effective against antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria.

4. Manuka Honey maintains its potency even when diluted over 50 times, as will happen when used on the body.

5. Manuka Honey is unaffected by heat or light.

6. Manuka Honey does not require moisture or oxygen to be effective.

7. Manuka Honey diffuses deep into skin tissue, making it possible to get to effected areas.

What is UMF®?

UMF® is an acronym for ‘Unique Manuka Factor’ which is the term given to the antibacterial property present in Active Manuka Honey. UMF is a floral property that comes from the nectar of Manuka flowers and has been found to possess extraordinary healing properties. This antibacterial activity is not present in any other type of honey except Manuka Honey.

UMF® is a measuring system that rates the antibacterial potency of Manuka Honey through a standard lab test. The UMF is determined by a method which compares the antibacterial activity of a given honey with that of antiseptic phenol (carbolic), and the higher the UMF® rating, the higher the antibacterial activity.

It is considered that Manuka Honey with UMF® rating of 10 or higher should be chosen if the intended use is for therapeutic purposes. The term “UMF®" is a registered trademark of the Active Manuka Honey Association in New Zealand.

What can Manuka Honey be used for?

For topical use on the skin, Manuka Honey is effective in healing external conditions such as infected wounds, burns, psoriasis, ringworm (include other fungal infections), acne, eczema, MRSA Staph infections, pressure sores, skin ulcers, scars, wrinkles, surgical wounds, etc.

When taken orally, Manuka Honey is effective in healing the internal conditions such as Stomach Aches, Acid Reflux, Heartburn, Stomach Ulcers, H. Pylori, Gastritis, Cold & Flu Symptoms, indigestion, Strep Throat, Gum Disease, Sore Throat, Irritable Bowel Syndrome,etc.

Manuka Honey is particularly recognized as a powerful weapon against antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria such as MRSA and VRE, even when traditional forms of medicine have failed.

Can Manuka Honey really destroy MRSA?

MRSA is a mutated form of bacteria that developed a resistance to antibiotics. Resistance produced by bacteria is more likely to happen in most antibiotics because antibiotics kills them and then the few surviving bacteria pass on their resistant genes to future generations, making the future generations stronger enough to be against antibiotics. However, Manuka Honey destroys bacteria in a different method, by drawing moisture out of the bacteria cell, making it impossible for the microbes to survive. Hence, it is extremely difficult for any bacteria to develop a resistant to Manuka honey. According to research, Active Manuka Honey has been proven to be the only substance in the world that is capable of eradicating MRSA and other antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria.

What are the special skin care characteristics of Manuka honey ?

Manuka Honey is a natural skin moisturizer that has the ability to draw water molecules from the atmosphere and lock it into the skin; hence, it is a great ingredient when it comes to skin care product. Manuka Honey helps to diminish winkles, and protects skin from free radicals and damage from the sun.

As for wounds care, Manuka honey is beneficial in treating wounds. It reduces inflammation and therefore reduces the swelling and pains around the wound. Manuka Honey also provides a moist healing environment contributive for the regeneration of skin growth. Furthermore, it helps to lift the dead skin off the wound and prevent the scar from forming.

Can Manuka Honey also be used for cosmetic purposes?

Manuka Honey is a desirable ingredient to use in cosmetic products because it helps to restore and rejuvenate skin cells and improve the production of collagen and elastin, both of which are important protiens for preventing wrinkles and other effects of aging. Collagen and elastin are also responsible for firm, smooth and elastic skin. In addition, Manuka Honey protects the skin from free radical damage which is one of the primary causes of aging. It contains antioxidants and antibacterial properties that make it suitable for topical skin use. Manuka honey is very effective in healing skin blemishes and acne and it is also beneficial in conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.Therefore, anti-wrinkle products that contains Manuka Honey will produce extremely impressive results.

Can children safely use Honey products?

Infants under the age of 12 months should not consume honey of any kind because Clostridium Botulinum may be existent in some type of honey. Therefore, feeding infants honey is known to be the cause of a disease called infant botulism. This form of bacteria might germinate within the underdeveloped intestinal system of individuals under the age of one year old. The reason is that infants can not break down this form of bacteria.

Are there any downsides to using Manuka Honey for medicinal purposes?

Active Manuca Honey is a health product without known side effects. Allergic reactions to Manuka Honey are unlikely, but go to see a doctor if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction are as follows: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness. However,if you are allergic to any honey based products, inquire your doctor or pharmacist before taking Manuka honey

Can Manuka Honey be used as a dietary supplement?

It is undoubtedly the best choice to use Manuka Honey as a dietary supplement.

It contains rich minerals and vitamins to provide body with nutrients and it can also help to boost the immune system. People who take Manuka Honey regularly find that they rarely get sick because Manuka Honey improves the body’s resistibility towards infections. In addition, honey can help us to increase calcium absorption, prevent anemia, fights colds, aids allergies, and even help with insomnia.

Can Manuka Honey cause cavities or gum disease, since it has high sugar content

Parents always tell children to stay away from sugar because they think that sugar causes tooth decay and gum disease. In a sense, this advice is correct. But there is one point that needs clearing. It is actually bacteria that causes tooth decay and gum disease. It is for granted that bacteria feed on sugar and the more sugar there is in the mouth, the more bacteria will germinate. However, new research strongly suggests that Manuka honey and gum disease treatments go hand in hand.

Manuka Honey has such powerful antibacterial properties that it destroys any bacteria existent in the mouth that would normally cause tooth decay and gum disease. Therefore, Manuka Honey can play a therapeutic role in treating gum disease and periodontal disease. One of the most important aspect of Manuka honey is that it is unaffected by enzymes in the body, allowing it to efficiently work on gum disease. Many other treatments for gum disease are not effective because they are destroyed by body fluids before they have a chance to work. Manuka honey can even prevent bad breath, which is also caused by bacteria in the mouth.

Could you suggest how to use Manuka Honey?

For external use, Manuka Honey should be applied directly to the infected area, 1-2 times per day or place the Manuka Honey on a bandage and then put the bandage directly to the infected area. If the idea of sticky mess associated with honey annoys you, you can as well use a skin care product that contains Manuka Honey.

For internal use, it is suggested that one teaspoon of Manuka Honey be taken before breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can have another teaspoon of it even before going to bed. Another way to take Manuka Honey is to spread on a piece of bread or toast. For purposes of dietary supplement, one teaspoon per day is fine.

Is it safe to take Manuka Honey during pregnancy?

Manuka Honey is definitely safe to be taken during pregnancy. It can also be taken while breastfeeding with no negative side effects, and there is no evidence suggesting that it can negatively influence an unborn child. Besides, it is, of course, safe to use Manuka Honey topically on the skin during pregnancy.

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