Manuka honey: properties, uses and where to find it

Manuka honey comes from New Zealand, the only place in the world where it can be produced, since only here the bees have Manuka plants available, which grow spontaneously in the area. Manuka honey is probably the only food whose antibacterial efficacy has been demonstrated without a shadow of a doubt from a scientific point of view.

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Il Manuka honey comes from New Zealand, the only place in the world where it is possible to produce it, since only here the bees have the Manuka plants (Leptospermum scoparium), which grow spontaneously on the territory.

Manuka honey is probably the only food that has been scientifically confirmed without a shadow of a doubt.antibacterial efficacy.


Properties of Manuka honey

Il Manuka honey he is best known for his antibacterial properties. The antibacterial component of the Manuka honey is known as methylglyoxal, a substance also present in other types of honey, but in small quantities. It is considered beneficial for respiratory tract, especially in case of nasal congestion. It is a real natural antibiotic and has disinfectant power. A search recently conducted by experts from the University of the United Arab Emirates revealed that Manuka honey may be able to inhibit the growth of cancer cells.

In particular, Manuka honey would be able to act to reduce the side effects toxic related to chemotherapy. Manuka honey would be able to cause the natural death of cancer cells (apoptosis) by supporting the natural process that allows the body to free itself from damaged cells and to conduct its own cell renewal.

A further study, conducted in Sydney and published on PlosOne, highlighted the usefulness of Manuka honey in the fight against bacteria, together with antibiotics. According to the experts who have dealt with the subject, the intake of Manuka honey improves the effectiveness of antibiotics against bacteria, with particular reference to strains that are proving increasingly resistant, including E.coli and Staphylococcus aureus.

How to use Manuka honey

Are sufficient small amounts of Manuka honey to enjoy the beneficial properties of this food. Its use is especially indicated in autumn and winter, to help prevent and alleviate the annoyances of typical ailments of this time of year, such as cold e sinusitis.

Le indigenous peoples from New Zealand have long known the properties of Manuka honey. From traditional natural medicine around the world it emerges that, in general, honey can be applied to the skin for topical use due to its disinfectant properties. All of this was soon forgotten with the arrival of modern pharmaceuticals.

Uno study conducted in New Zealand, however, confirmed that honey, with particular reference to Manuka honey, contains a quantity of hydrogen peroxide (hydrogen peroxide) which would make it beneficial to apply it to the skin as an antibiotic e disinfectant.

Also, Manuka honey It is used per reduce cholesterol and inflammation, treating eye and ear infections, treating diabetes and intestinal problems. However, further studies will be needed to investigate the effectiveness and method of use of Manuka honey in these cases.

Manuka honey is also used on a level cosmetic, to make body care products, e herbal, for example as an ingredient in nasal sprays that help you breathe better. The administration of Manuka honey and products containing it can vary according to the individual, age and health status. Ask your herbalist or pharmacist for advice on how much Manuka honey to take according to your needs.

Where to find Manuka honey

Remember that Manuka honey can be imported from New Zealand only, the place where it is produced. Double-check the origin of Manuka honey on package labels before purchasing. You can find Manuka honey and products based on this ingredient in all herbalists (possibly also on order), in parapharmacies, pharmacies and natural product stores.

Marta Albè

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