Honey Health Benefits - Magnificent Active Manuka Honey
Honey is widely available on the shelves of our supermarkets, and is well known for its healthy qualities. Quite a few of us like to spread some honey on a slice of toast, and it is frequently used in cooking recipes. Most of us think of honey as being purely a food, but there are many honey health benefits.
However, there is one type of honey that benefits not only the inside of our bodies, but for some of us it has practical applications for the outside. A variant of “Manuka Honey”, available from New Zealand, provides health benefits and treatments and has had clinical trials, resulting with acknowledgement on a scientific and medical level.
“Active” Manuka Honey, as it is known, is beneficial both as an internal cure for some medical conditions, as well as a skin treatment with antibacterial qualities. Treatment with honey is not a new concept - it has been used by many different cultures throughout history via a process named “Apitherapy”. This term describes the treatment of ailments with natural honey.
Unique Properties of Active Manuka Honey
On the basis that Active Manuka Honey has enjoyed growing acceptance by both the academic and medical world in recent times, it is therefore no surprise that reports of the unique properties of this amazing find have proliferated in the world’s press and media. It is definitely an amazing discovery and will help thousands of people with various ailments, some of which have failed treatment under traditional medical care.
So what is so special about Manuka Honey? In order to understand this we need to look at where it comes from and how it gains its unique properties. If you’re lucky, by venturing into the parts of New Zealand with unspoiled and undeveloped terrain you may find a Manuka Bush. Manuka Honey produced by the bees originates from the flowers of this rare plant. However, for honey from the Manuka Bush to be classed as “Active”, it needs to have a Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) property. Not all Manuka Honey has the UMF standard and therefore Active Manuka Honey is a very limited resource indeed.
Active UMF Manuka Honey
Active UMF Manuka Honey has two properties which give it an advantage over ‘ordinary’ Manuka Honey - hydrogen peroxide, and its own natural antibacterial property. Many doctors believe the Active Manuka Honey provides many therapeutic uses. This unique distinction provides the basis of the UMF rating provided the industry. UMF is now an official trademark, and is usually sold in jars as “honey cream”.
Honey Health Benefits
Active Manuka Honey has proven health benefits in both internal and external applications. For example, external ulcers, and other skin disorders have been found to benefit from treatment with the honey cream. Internal ulcers also benefit and some patients claim to feel much better after taking the honey “raw” from a spoon. Recently, it has proved to be effective against MRSA in laboratory tests. MRSA (staphylococcus aureus) strains of bacteria are notorious for being resistant to antibiotics and are responsible for many deaths in UK hospitals every year. Research continues but the initial results are very encouraging.
When it comes to natural health, many doctors may be sceptical about a product unless there are proven scientific benefits. Manuka Honey has succeeded in proving its worth and convincing a number of high ranking doctors that Active UMF Manuka Honey is potentially a cure for internal and external ailments that are not always curable via traditional methods.