The Benefits of Manuka Honey
Disclosure: Please note that the information contained in this article is not to be taken over your physicians advice and/or directives over your health care. Please consult your physician before engaging in any alternative practices.
When we think of honey we think of a sweet, syrup-like substance that is found in a beehive. We may not think about how honey is made (I won't go into it here in case you were wondering)...but we want to know what it can do for our bodies. In California especially, we praise ourselves for supporting local farmers and doing what is right for our bodies.
So what is this perfect sweetener really capable of doing when it comes to doing right by our bodies? Let's start with the basics:
- Contains flavanoids (a group of nutrients notoriously known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory health benefits) & antioxidants (substances such as vitamin C or E that remove potentially damaging oxidizing agents in living organisms) that reduce the risk of having certain types of cancer
- Helps to reduce the occurrence of ulcers and other gastrointestinal orders
- Antibacterial and antifungal
- Increases Athletic performance (honey has carbs that are about as good as dextrose and can help in endurance activities).
- Reduces cough and throat irritation
- Helps to reduce blood sugar.
- Heals wounds and burns (presence of hydrogen peroxide)
- Probiotic. Some types of honey are found to have about 6 strains of lactobacilii and 4 of bifidobacteria. The darker honey strains tend to have higher probiotic properties.
- Helps improve skin health (again, the antibacterial properties).
Now, Manuka Honey is different in that it has more MG (methogloxyl) which comes from another compound,
dihydroxyacetone (specifically from the Manuka flower) which is highly acclaimed for its higher than normal antioxidant properties. Because of the extra kick in power, Manuka honey is used mainly for treating burns and open wounds. Would medical science stop there? No, and neither would mother nature. Science has found that Manuka honey can specifically assist with:
- Reducing high cholesterol
- Reducing systemic inflammation
- Treating diabetes
- Treating eye, ear, and sinus infections
With all of these good properties that honey has it's no wonder that it is taken so well among populations (and I am not only referring to the human species either).
After reading everything up to now I know that you are probably thinking of buying out your local grocery store of honey...While the thought sounds nice (and I will add also expensive) it may not be quite the answer for you. Please remember that science is just now scratching the surface on the medicinal uses of honey so it is wise to check with your doctor first before plunging into treating yourself with everything honey. My advice: start small and always ask before trying something new. Do a little research, like what I did when writing this article :)
Being a little more familiar with honey, you can try things on your own and tell us what your experiences have been like. Write to us on social media with everything you have done involving honey (also mead!) and receive a 10% discount on your next purchase! Excludes bottles.
Written by Deanna Gwilt, Member of Bronto Brew Meadery