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What are the health benefits of Manuka Honey?

Honey has been an essential home remedy for thousands of years. Modern research has shown that some honeys, like Australian Manuka honey, are many times more active than others. The incredible health properties of Manuka honey are now under increasing research by scientists across the world. Read on to discover more!

What is Manuka Honey?

Manuka honey is derived from the Leptospermum tree that is native to Australia and New Zealand, and the indigenous people from both lands have been using Manuka in their traditional medicines for centuries.

Active Manuka Honey is today prized for its health-supporting properties, and has been widely studied for its antimicrobial, and wound healing effects. There are several studies available including the following:

  • Molan, P.C. (2011). The evidence and the rationale for the use of honey as wound dressing. Wound Practice and Research, 19(4), 204-220.
  • Johnston, M., et al (2018). Antibacterial activity of Manuka honey and its components: An overview. AIMS Microbiology., 4(4):655-654
  • Bean, A. (2012). Investigating the Anti-inflammatory Activity of Honey (Thesis, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)). University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10289/6218

 

Australian Manuka Honey proven to be more potent.

Recent research, led by Professor Elizabeth Harry, Dr Shona Blair and Dr Nural Cokcetin from the University of Technology, Sydney has uncovered just how special the Australian version of Manuka Honey is.

As reported in the Sydney Morning Herald, “Research by Nural Cokcetin at the University of Technology, Sydney, shows that more than 16 per cent of Australian Manuka-style honeys she tested were actually more potent than the Kiwi product.”*

The study shows that Australian Manuka honey produced by bees foraging on flowers of Leptospermum trees can produce concentrations of methylglyoxal (MGO) higher than two control samples of ‘hospital-grade’ New Zealand Manuka honey.”

 

How can I use Manuka Honey?

With its smooth sweet taste, Capilano Active Manuka honey is very easy to enjoy. Why not try it:

  • Simply by the spoonful
  • In a cup of tea or coffee to start your day the active way
  • Squeezed into cereal or porridge, for a superfood boost
  • Mixed into salad dressings and sauces to top up your daily Manuka honey intake

To discover even more ways to use manuka honey, jump on over to our article on the 5 ways to Boost your Daily Routine with Manuka Honey or download our free eBook with even more recipes, education and inspiration!

References:

*Cokcetin, N.N., Pappalardo, M., Campbell, L.T., Brooks, P., Carter, D.A., Blair, S.E. & Harry, E.J. (2016). The Antibacterial Activity of Australian Leptospermum Honey Correlates with Methylglyoxal Levels. PLoS One, vol. 11, no. 12, p. e0167780
Jenkins, R. (2016). Manuka honey makes bacteria less resistant to antibiotics. The Conversation website. https://theconversation.com/manuka-honey-makes-bacteria-less-resistant-to-antibiotics-63160
Australian Manuka Honey Association, (n.d) https://www.capilanohoney.com/uploads/Honey-And-Health/AMHA-Awareness-Brochure_v0.9-web.pdf & Molan, P.C. (2011). The evidence and the rationale for the use of honey as wound dressing. Wound Practice and Research, 19(4), 204-220.
Bean, A. (2012). Investigating the Anti-inflammatory Activity of Honey (Thesis, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)). University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10289/6218

 

Great tasting and good for you, simply squeeze Capilano Active Manuka honey into your smoothies

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