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Health Benefits of Manuka Honey

Sunday, 06 Apr 2014 11:56 PM

Honey has been used for centuries by humans for its taste and health benefits. Currently, commercial cultivation of honey bees is popularly practiced to prepare large quantities of honey by beekeepers. The quality and health benefits of honey differ significantly due to differences in a variety of honeybees, their mode of collecting honey, and the species of flower they feed upon. So not all honey possesses the same qualities — some may be more potent than the others.
 
Manuka is a flowering tree, native to New Zealand and Australia, which is botanically known as Leptospermum scoparium.  Thus, manuka honey is mainly produced in New Zealand and Australia. Manuka honey is believed to have many health benefits as it has potent antibacterial properties. While cultivating manuka honey, only European honeybees or western honeybees are made to feed on manuka flowers. These honeybees are scientifically identified as the Apis mellifera species of honeybee.
   
Manuka honey has peculiar characteristics. Manuka honey is dark brown in color and is very thick in viscosity. Manuka honey possesses a very strong flavor and is best used for treating superficial burns.
 
There were reports of potential health benefits in the healing of leg ulcer patients with manuka honey. Some scientific studies prove the effectiveness of manuka honey in treating leg ulcers caused due to diabetes. Manuka honey is also said to possess properties that help repair the cells damaged by infection.
 
Manuka honey, produced by manuka honeybees, possesses strong antibacterial health benefits due to its high methyglyoxal content. Another active component of manuka honey is hydrogen peroxide. Higher concentration of methyglyoxal in honey raises its unique manuka factor and its standard over other honey types. 
 
The use of manuka honey in gum swelling is also reported. One can use this honey as a paste to apply over gums for four to five minutes. Unlike antibiotics, use of manuka honey is not linked with any bacterial resistance. 
 
The FDA has recognized the health benefits of manuka honey and has approved it for use in wound healing.
 
Some other health benefits are in cholesterol reduction and diabetes management. Health benefits of manuka honey in infections of sinuses and that of gastrointestinal tract are also claimed. Some people use manuka honey for prevention and treatment of cancer, too.

Apart from all these health benefits, one should be careful while using manuka honey as allergic reaction may be caused in sensitive people.

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Manuka honey is a special honey where European honeybees are fed on the manuka tree. It has many health benefits. Its main use is as a natural antibacterial product.
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