We have all seen the price tag of Manuka honey and questioned is it really that amazing. People talk about it like its golden magic in a jar, well I decided to some research on this. To be honest I was astonished about the numerous benefits that surround this magical product.

Manuka honey is made in New Zealand, by itty bitty bumblebees that pollinate the native Manuka bush. The only place outside of New Zealand that produces Manuka honey is the Tregothnan estate in Truro, Cornwall. It will, however, set you back an outstanding and eye-watering £225 for a 420g jar.

Because of the way Europe and the UK licence health products, unless there is valid scientific data for any health benefits then these companies can NOT make any health claims about the products.

Here are the top 5 health benefits of Manuka honey-

1) Manuka honey has a special superpower, it has the ability to destroy bacteria. Manuka honey contains a unique ingredient called Methylglyoxal. Methylglyoxal has very high antimicrobial properties.

Many countries over the world work with Manuka honey to treat wound infections and burns in hospitals (must make sure the product is ‘medical grade’ ) I know someone who uses medical grade Manuka honey around her stoma site when it becomes inflamed and she swears by it. Back in 2007, the FDA approved Manuka honey to be used in medicated bandages- known as ‘Medihoney’.

Dermasciences.com state ‘MEDIHONEY® is an advanced wound care dressing that is supported by over 160 pieces of evidence demonstrating its clinical ability to promote the removal of necrotic tissue and advance a wound toward healing. In a randomised controlled trial, the mean healing time was significantly faster for wounds treated with MEDIHONEY® impregnated dressings when compared to conventional dressings’

2) Manuka honey is a fantastic source of energy. Believe it or not, honey is a source of carbohydrates. Honey has around 18% water content, the less water the better the quality of honey.
Honey generally contains many vitamins- B6, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and amino acids. Minerals found in honey include calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, sodium and many more.
The mineral content of honey is normally determined by conducting an electrical conductivity test; the higher the conductivity, the higher the mineral content.

So spread it on your toast, pour it on your porridge, or have it hot with a slice of lemon and have a burst of energy. Us mums need it!

3) Manuka honey relieves stomach complaints. I’m very familiar with this particular benefit. Manuka honey prevents and restores damage to the colon, due to IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) I have a form of IBD called Ulcerative Colitis. My consultant has mentioned Manuka honey to me on several occasions whilst going through a flare.

In one laboratory experiment where rats with chemically induced colonic damage were performed on. The rats were given Manuka honey orally, over a period of time. The results were amazing –  the Manuka honey had reduced the inflammation of the colon and protected it structurally.

4. Manuka honey claims to boost immunity. Many people have reported an increased resistance to disease. This is probably down to the array of vitamins and minerals found in honey. Taking Manuka honey during the winter months may protect you against catching the various bugs that rear their ugly heads this time of year. Our children seem to come home with everything from school, well now you can be one step ahead of the game…
Try to take a teaspoon of Manuka honey 2-3 times a day or drink it hot with a slice of lemon. If you do find yourself with a sore throat, however, then we all know honey is a popular cough remedy, its been around for thousands of years. It relieves the discomfort and irritation. Manuka honey is even more effective because of its powerful antimicrobial action.

5) Apparently Manuka honey can be very beneficial for people who suffer from eczema and hives
Eczema and hives often result from allergies and autoimmune problems. My oldest daughter has patches of eczema that seem to flare during the summer months when she gets hot and sweaty. She makes it worse my scratching it, which in turn causes oozing and bleeding. I’m intrigued by this claim and will definitely give it a go when she next flares up. I will let you know my findings.

If you plan to use Manuka honey for any of these health benefits please find a certified Manuka honey. Certified Manuka honey will have a UMF factor on 0-25+.
The higher the UMF level the better quality and benefits. To receive a UMF grade, honey must contain 3 certain chemical markers – DHA (dihydroxyacetone), Methylglyoxal, and Leptosperin.

You will never look at honey int the same way again…