Why is Manuka Honey so Miraculous?
Mānuka Honey is a unique golden honey born from the nectar of the flower of Leptospermum scoparium, aka the Mānuka Bush. The Mānuka Bush is native to New Zealand, and it’s nectar is known as the gold standard of honey. Mānuka is praised for its health benefits and antibacterial properties. You can find Mānuka in high quality wellness products ranging from skincare to ingestibles. Read on to discover the reported healing benefits of Mānuka and why it has a specialized grading system called “Unique Mānuka Factor”.
Benefits of Mānuka Honey
Antioxidant and Antimicrobial
Mānuka honey is rich in antioxidants, molecules that fight free radicals in your body. The antioxidants in Mānuka Honey may help play a pivotal role in combating the aging process (Singh et al. 2016). In the same vein, Mānuka is both antibacterial and antimicrobial, meaning it inhibits the growth of bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms. Hence, this honey can support your healthy living lifestyle.
Studies have shown that Mānuka Honey can help with tissue regeneration . While Mānuka has been known for its therapeutic properties for thousands of years, dating back to ancient civilizations, scientists are now discovering that Mānuka may heal wounds and prevent ulcers (Niaz et al 2017). Creams and salves with this miracle-product often serve to calm dry or irritated patches, hydrate skin, and improve the body’s natural regeneration properties.
As an antioxidant, Mānuka Honey is reported to reduce inflammation, aid in digestion, and support the alleviation of constipation, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. In scientific studies, it has even shown to help lessen the effects of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) (Prakash et al. 2008). Mānuka’s antibacterial properties and shown to fight harmful bacteria in the gut and on the skin. Ultimately, Mānuka Honey is a great natural resource for reducing inflammation.
Unique Mānuka Factor Grading System
Mānuka Honey is so fabulous, it has its own grading system! The Unique Mānuka Factor scale measures both the purity and quality of the honey. Key markers for its signature healing properties are Leptosperin, DHA, and Methylglyoxal.
Genuine Mānuka will be labeled with the UMF mark. This quality label is more than just a number. To receive the UMF mark, your honey must pass three quality + grading + rating tests:
All in all, if you see a UMF label on your product, you can be assured you are using high quality, genuine Mānuka Honey. Learn more about the Mānuka Honey Grading System here.
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