Manuka honey – its origins
Manuka honey is a darker coloured honey that comes from the Manuka tree, Leptospermum Scoparium, which is found in parts of New Zealand and eastern Australia. Manuka honey contains a special compound called MGO (Methyglyoxal), which is the property it contains which makes it antibacterial in nature. This also means that the MGO content also directly related to the unique Manuka Factor (UMF) – the antimicrobial strength of honey (more on this below).
What is Manuka honey and what’s its benefits?
Manuka honey is produced by honey bees and the bees actually collect nectar from flowers that are high in sugar content, comprising of 80% water and complex sugars.
Honey is produced when the bee in the hive and actually ingests and regurgitate the nectar many times until the consistency of the honey is perfect for them to build their honeycomb cells within the beehive. Under scientific scrutiny, scientists have found that honey contains many of the following ingredients, such as vitamins B and C, as well as antioxidants.
What is the difference between different honey types?
Studies have shown that there is a difference between table honey which is the type which can be found and sold in supermarkets which is readily available and sold in supermarkets, which is readily available and a cheaper, should specify the grade or standard of potency a particular Manuka type has. It shows that the honey has been monitored and the strength it has in terms of antimicrobial protection.
If you are someone who is very health conscious and want to maximise the health benefits of taking Manuka honey as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle, then although Manuka types with the highest UMF grades are almost always more expensive, it may be a worthy investment to protect you and your family’s health.
In terms of the UMF grading system, UMF numbers at 9 and lower are usually a lower grade and almost non-detectable, whereas 10-15 UMF grades are of medium value.
The best and most superior UMF grades of Manuka Honey are usually 16+, and it literally is you get what you pay for in this case.
What are the advantages of honey and why is Manuka honey a better choice?
Scientific research which aimed to discover the biological compounds which can be found in honey, and has found it revealed that honey contains antioxidants, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, and has traditionally been used to speed up the healing process of wounds and sunburn.
When considering the honey types, it matters to question the source and where the honey comes from, and what factors were influencing the quality and production of the honey. The flowers that the honey comes from, its environment, and the season are factors which can influence the honey’s quality and potency.
How can you incorporate Manuka honey as part a healthy lifestyle?
You can take one or two teaspoons of Manuka honey each morning, or add it to water that is not too hot and cold, lukewarm is best, with lemon to drink. It will help to sooth your throat. If the water is too hot, it can destroy the bioactive properties inherent in raw, natural Manuka honey.