Manuka honey's health benefits have been highly revered in the natural health world and has been internationally famous for a long time. Even more so in recent years due to a growing body of research in different countries and cultures which support the usage of the nectar in daily life. Some of the top Manuka honey uses are:
1. Can be used to relieve and cure SIBO, Low Stomach Acid, Acid Reflux
Small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), low stomach acid and acid reflux typically go hand-in-hand and are usually caused by bacterial infection. Known for its antibacterial properties, Manuka honey is often used to fight off bacteria that have resistance towards antibiotics. As such, it can be considered as a great alternative cure to treat bacteria-related problems. Additionally, taking Manuka honey can be very effective at reducing acid reflux incidences as well as balancing your digestive system to heal stomach and intestinal problems.
2. Help combat Super-bugs
You’ve probably heard of a super-bug that has plagued hospitals over the past years, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (or MRSA) infection. But what is a super-bug? The term was coined by the international media to describe a type of bacterial infection that cannot be treated using standard types of antibiotics as it has developed its own resistance against these antibiotics. Researchers discovered that the usage of Manuka honey was able to down-regulate the most potent genes of MRSA bacteria. Regularly using Manuka honey to treat wounds may be one of the best ways to ward off the risk of infection and it also helps with a faster recovery.
3. Treating Burns, Wounds & Ulcers with Medical-Grade Manuka Honey
According to a recent article in the Jundishapur Journal of Natural Pharmaceutical Products, “The use of honey leads to improved wound healing in acute cases, pain relief in burn patients and decreased inflammatory response in such patients.” Moreover, due to its richness of anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory characteristics, Manuka honey has been shown to prevent infection in people with venous ulcers. It has also been used quite effectively as a wound dressing to promote rapid and improved healing.
4. Help in Treating Tooth Decay & Gingivitis
Several studies have described how Manuka honey can help cure gingivitis and periodontal diseases. Due to its superior anti-microbial properties, researchers from the School of Dentistry, University of Otago (Dunedin, New Zealand) discovered that chewing or sucking on a Manuka honey product not only resulted in a 35% decrease in plaque, it also led to a 35% reduction in bleeding sites for people suffering from gingivitis! Also, minerals found in honey such as calcium, zinc, and phosphorus are all important nutrients for healing teeth.
5. IBS ( irritable bowel syndrome ) and IBD (Inflammatory bowel disease)
When evaluating the effect that Manuka honey has on experimentally induced inflammatory bowel disease in rats, researchers from Chandigarh Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research discovered several astounding findings:
- Manuka honey at different doses provided protection against TNBS-induced colonic damage.
- There was significant protection with Manuka honey 5 g/kg as well as with 10 g/kg body weight compared with the control.
- All the treated groups showed reduced colonic inflammation and all the biochemical parameters were significantly reduced as compared to the control in the Manuka honey treated groups.
Manuka honey not only healed intestinal inflammation and pain but also repaired free radical damage and protected against further damage!
6. Treating Sore Throats and Boosting Immunity
In 2007, data published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology suggested that, “A 5.8-kDa component of Manuka honey stimulates immune cells via TLR4.” This is interesting because previous studies have indicated that honey stimulates cytokine production from human monocytes. Coupled with a 2011 research showing how Manuka stops the growth of sore throat-causing Strep bacteria, it is no wonder that so many people benefit almost instantly from taking a spoonful of honey when they don’t feel well. And recently it has even been approved by the National Cancer Institute to be used to heal throat inflammation caused by chemotherapy!
7. Relieve Allergies and Sinusitis
There are many anecdotal accounts of people receiving allergy relief after eating honey all over the internet. There is even a study with honey and birch pollen that had remarkable results. They also found that there was very little difference between the birch pollen honey users and the regular honey users! So, taking Manuka honey on a regular basis can really help your seasonal allergies and lessen your need for medications!
8. Beauty Treatment & Health Booster
Taken daily Manuka honey has an elixir-like effect that boosts energy and enhances your quality of life. Due to its nutrient-dense profile, Manuka honey boosts your energy creating youthful vitality. It has also been known to improve skin tone and texture. Use it in a homemade face wash to exfoliate and fight free radicals in the skin. Use it in your shampoo or a hair mask to boost the shine of your hair!
9. Unclog Acne-infected Pores and Eczema
The Internet is filled with testimonials that Manuka honey works marvelously for acne and eczema patients. At this time there are no clinical trials to support these claims, but taking into account its proven antimicrobial and healing properties, it is safe to assume that it could do the trick.
10. Improves Sleeping Conditions
Manuka honey also helps to promote restful deep sleep. It slowly releases glycogen which is needed for essential bodily functions during sleep. Adding honey to milk at bedtime helps the body to release melatonin into the brain which is necessary for deep sleep. There are many health disorders associated with poor sleep such as, heart disease, type II diabetes, stroke, and arthritis. Since honey is proven to aid in quality sleep; it also helps lower the risk of these and many other heath problems.
Manuka Honey Side Effects Sources like WebMD claim that people allergic to bees should use Manuka honey with caution due to possible allergic side effects. Take Manuka with caution if you’re allergic to bees and report any adverse reactions to your natural health care provider immediately.
If you are interested in enhancing the immune boosting effect of honey or heal a sore throat, add 1 teaspoon cinnamon to the honey. Research shows that the antimicrobial properties of cinnamon and Manuka honey are so powerful that they can really help you recover fast!