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Marvelous Manuka

Marvelous Manuka

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Marvelous Manuka  Manuka honey has natural antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antiviral properties that have been shown to help support wound healing, improve oral health, and soothe a sore throat.

 

New Zealand natives have enjoyed Manuka honey for many years, and recent international research proves its many health benefits. The taste is herbaceous and slightly bitter which adds to its medicinal mystique. None the less countless people add a teaspoon of Manuka honey daily to warm water or tea with lemon juice for a beverage that boosts immunity and offers a cheery energy lift. 

Manuka Immunity

Manuka honey has natural antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antiviral properties that have been shown to help support wound healing, improve oral health, and soothe a sore throat. Manuka honey famously offers cough relief.  Some research shows that it improves oral health by inhibiting harmful bacteria and improving dental health. The active constituents in Manuka are high in volatile oils, tannins, flavonoids and triterpenes. Its chemical makeup has been found to be anti fungal, anti microbial, and anxiolytic (anxiety reducing). In other words, Manuka honey helps keep you safe, well and happy during cold/flu season and exciting for your taste buds any time. 

Although it is a natural sugar that should be limited by people with diabetes, pure Manuka honey and lemon water support our body's natural detox process. The cleansing boost of Manuka honey combined with lemon, which contains vitamin C, make this combination a beneficial daily detox drink. Some people combine cloves of raw garlic to age with the honey and create an exciting natural anti microbial that can be added to tea. 

When and How to Use 

Although you can add Manuka honey to smoothies, oatmeal, toast or yoghurt, the best way to take Manuka Honey in order to boost immunity is straight from the jar or in warm not boiling beverages. It is recommended to take it once in the morning and once at night. It is safe to have up to 2 to 4 teaspoons (10 to 20 mL) of Manuka Honey daily. You should avoid refrigerating your Manuka honey. It is best stored in a cool, dark place like a cupboard or pantry. Refrigeration of any honey can cause crystallization.

Manuka and Digestion

Manuka honey helps create a healthy gut environment. By lining our digestive system, it provides immediate relief to ailments like acid reflux, while also creating a long-term barrier to keep out harmful bacteria. By lining the digestive tract, Manuka honey also supports healthy and regular bowel movements and helps to treat constipation. That improves our skin quality, digestive comfort and mood. 

The significant levels of antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory bioactivity found in high, medicinal-grade Manuka honey have the ability to markedly improve digestion and protect your gut health, making this natural superfood a significant probiotic. Raw honey is also a potent prebiotic, nourishing good bacteria in the intestines which facilitate healthy digestion. Honey contains non-digestive oligosaccharides which can't be absorbed by the digestive tract. Instead, these oligosaccharides pass on to the colon where they're able to ferment. Research suggests that Manuka honey can benefit the digestion by helping to prevent ulcers and managing infections including H-pylori. 

Manuka and Sleep

Manuka honey has been shown to promote restful deep sleep by slowly releasing the glycogen needed for essential bodily functions during sleep. Add honey to warm low fat milk before sleep to help naturally release melatonin into the brain, which is necessary for deep sleep; a delicious way to ensure sweet dreams and overall improved brain health. 

Manuka Energy

For an energizing pre-workout snack, consume manuka honey around 30 minutes before exercise. Its carbohydrates provide sustained energy, while its anti-inflammatory properties help reduce exercise-induced inflammation and burn out. 

Wound Healing

Manuka honey’s anti microbial, anti inflammatory properties are so advanced that the FDA American Food and Drug Administration approves Manuka honey in wound dressings. 

Honey Research

Laboratory research of Manuka and honey in general have shown exciting results for specific conditions including:

  • Cardiovascular disease. Antioxidants in honey might be associated with reduced risk of heart disease.

  • Cough. Studies suggest that honey can act as a reliable cough suppressant for some people with upper respiratory infections and acute nighttime cough.

  • Gastrointestinal disease. Evidence suggests honey might help relieve gastrointestinal tract conditions such as diarrhea associated with gastroenteritis. Honey might also be effective as part of oral rehydration therapy.

  • Neurological disease. Studies suggest that honey might offer antidepressant, anticonvulsant and anti-anxiety benefits. In some studies, honey has been shown to help prevent memory disorders.

  • Wound care. Topical use of medical-grade honey has been shown to promote wound healing, particularly in burns.

  • Drug-resistant infections. Currently Manuka honey is being considered as part of a protocol useful for curbing drug-resistant infections, which are a growing concern due to antibiotic drug overuse. 

Manuka Grades 

New Zealand Manuka honey is graded according to its potent medicinal quality, the higher the number, the more medicinal effects it has. MGO stands for methylglyoxal, a naturally-occuring compound found in raw honey, and is the main factor associated with its beneficial antibacterial and antioxidant properties. The MGO rating on a jar of Manuka honey indicates its content; the higher the rating, the more methylglyoxal in that batch. MGO 30+ and 100+ - A maintenance grade honey for those with a healthy immune system. It is recommended as an entry point Manuka honey for anyone who wants to take some prevention against infections. It should be taken every day to help keep your immune system topped up. 

Note: children under the age of one year should not be given honey. 

Manuka is a fantastic premium honey, fit for an active worker or queen bee, that will keep your hive buzzing with vitality and health. 

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