Manuka Honey MGO 30 Plain 500g from Manuka Health is a delicious, creamy honey well known for its unique taste.
Manuka flowers have a strong aromatic fragrance, providing a rich tasting honey enjoyed by all! Manuka Health selects only the finest raw Manuka Honey for their products and great care is taken to ensure that the level of bioactive compounds such as beneficial enzymes, nutrients and antioxidant properties are preserved. Used on food or as an ingredient, the flavours of this honey provide a wonderful complement.
Can be taken by eating like regular honey, or can be applied directly on the skin surface to treat minor wounds and burns.
Dark, and strongly flavoured honey is made by normal honey bees, but is created using the nectar of one plant, namely the Manuka bush found in Australia and New Zealand. Manuka honey has been found to have a number of antimicrobial properties, but the potency of these vary by region and manufacturer.
Honey is Antimicrobial
Most honey contains an enzyme that, when diluted, produces hydrogen peroxide, the same substance commonly used to clean wounds. It also contains a very high sugar content; surprisingly, although sugar is a food source for bacteria, high concentrations of sugar actually prevent microbial growth.
Honey has been used to treat infected wounds for thousands of years. Its use dwindled with the development of antibiotics, but is rekindling now that many strains of bacteria have become antibiotic-resistant. Interestingly, Manuka honey has been shown to prevent the replication of MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), a common "superbug" frequently found in hospitals. When compared with conventional treatments, Manuka honey has been found to be more effective for treating superficial and partial-thickness burns of the skin.
UMF (Unique Manuka Factor)
It has been shown that honey contains an enzyme that produces hydrogen peroxide when diluted with water. Manuka honey has been shown to contain other antimicrobial substances in addition to this enzyme found in all honey. This additional antimicrobial activity is measured as the "unique Manuka factor" or UMF, which varies by source and manufacturer, and is often listed on product labels. This is a standardization of its antimicrobial activity against a phenol solution of known concentration. Manuka honey with a UMF of 15 is as efficient at killing Staphylococcus aureus (a common skin pathogen), as a 15% phenol solution. This scale allows for the comparison of different Manuka honey products against one another for antimicrobial activity.
Manuka Honey Mouthwash?
Honey has been shown to stop the growth of dental plaque almost equally to chlorhexidine mouthwash, and also reduces the amount of acid produced in the mouth. Acid is the main factor promoting the loss of enamel of the teeth. Since the disease processes of gingivitis and periodontal disease are similar to the inflammation involved in infected wounds, honey may be a potential treatment option. It is excellent at helping to clearing infection, and rapidly reducing pain and inflammation. Honey is also far gentler on surrounding healthy tissues than many antiseptics, and has even been found to stimulate the growth of cells that promote wound repair.
It has been proposed that the active ingredient of Manuka honey that creates its additional anti-microbial ability is methylglyoxal (MGO). Because of this, one company standardizes its product to MGO levels instead of UMF. This is not industry standard, and may not be a valid standardization. In general, honey with all MGO levels above 30 will have a UMF of at least 10, and so should be good sources of antimicrobial action.
How can I use Manuka honey?
Manuka honey is available from most supplement stores and is made by a number of different companies. In general, a UMF of 10 is the minimum for anti-microbial action. MGO levels are not industry standard for comparison, but in general, all Manuka honey with an MGO greater than 30 will have a UMF greater than 10. Manuka honey can be applied topically under a dressing to treat a burn or wound. Dressings should be checked every 2 days. It can also be used internally to help kill bacteria in the throat, or simply added to food for flavour.
Allergic reaction may occur, especially in people who are allergic to bees. Risk of a rise in blood sugar. Possible interaction with certain chemotherapy drugs, speak to a qualified healthcare professional prior to use. Also, Unpasteurized honey may contain spores of Clostridium botulinum, the bacterium that causes botulism. Because of this, unpasteurized honey should not be fed to immuno-compromised individuals or to children under the age of 12 months.
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