What is Manuka Honey?
Manuka Honey is a special honey produced in Australia and New Zealand from the nectar of the manuka tree. Manuka Honey is believed to carry with it many health benefits, including antiviral and antibacterial properties.
Manuka Honey is produced by European honey bees which feed on the manuka tree, and the resulting honey is a strong, rich, floral tasting honey which is one of the most viscous honeys you can find.
Manuka Honey is rated based on a UMF rating system, which stands for Unique Manuka Factor. This rating system corresponds with the concentration of methylglyoxyl (MG) which naturally occurs within the honey. The UMF range for Manuka Honey is between 8 and 25, and anything less than UMF 10 is generally considered not strong enough to provide therapeutic benefit.
Where can I get Manuka Honey from?
Manuka Honey is produced in Australia and New Zealand by bees feeding on the native manuka trees. The honey is collected and bottled for sale in Australia and around the world.
What are Manuka Honey's Benefits?
Manuka Honey is considered to be beneficial for a large number of ailments, and is popularly used to:
- Treat minor wounds and burns
- Reduce cholesterol
- Treating cough, asthma and hay fever
- Reduce inflammation in the body
- Treat diabetes
- Treat gastrointestinal problems
Many of these benefits, however, are not scientifically proven or are based on animal studies. The use of Manuka Honey for treatment of illnesses or ailments should only be recommended by a healthcare professional.
What are Manuka Honey's Side Effects?
The use of Manuka Honey has shown to have some side effects, including:
- Allergic reactions (especially to those allergic to bees)
- Possible blood sugar rise
- Possible interaction with cancer drugs
Manuka Honey Dosage
The dosage of Manuka Honey varies greatly, depending on what you are using it to treat. For general health and wellbeing, 1-2 teaspoons 1-2 times per day is recommended, while for those with a cough, 0.5-2 teaspoons of honey at bedtime is a good amount. Manuka Honey does contain natural sugars (as with any honey), so be careful about overdoing it if you are watching your calorie/sugar intake.
Manuka Honey Supplements
Manuka Honey is available in a number of supplements, such as Australian By Nature Manuka Honey.
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