Nutritional supplements with manuka, manuka shampoo, skin care and chewing gum with manuka honey and-oil: manuka honey is booming. This particular type of honey from New Zealand has hugely powerful properties. However, there are some things you should look out for if you want to take advantage of this effect. Read this article to discover five facts you really need to know about manuka honey.
1: Medication against bacteria and inflammation
Don’t you feel fit or are you having a cold? Have a teaspoon manuka honey! Manuka honey is known for its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal effect(s). The Maori, the people that were one of the first to live in New Zealand, used the leaves and extracts from the manuka bush against all kinds of ailments and diseases. No other type of honey has such a high medicinal effect as manuka honey. So are you experiencing some problems with your resistance: choose manuka honey over regular honey.
2: Quicker wound healing due to manuka honey
For wounds and skin infections, the Maori people used to apply a mixture of bark and manuka leaves on the skin. There has been a lot of research done on the impact of the manuka honey for the healing of the wounds. There are also special, with a manuka honey-impregnated coverings and dressings. Besides that, It’s also apparent from the research that manuka honey can be effective when it comes to wound infections. An additional benefit is that it can be used in multi-drug resistant bacteria.
3: Less plaque and gum disease
Manuka honey is also effective when it comes to bacteria living in the mouth. Research showed that it significantly inhibits the formation of dental plaque. The reducing effect of plaque is even similar to that of the antibacterial rinsing chlorhexidine. From another study it’s found that gum disease can be reduced by chewing gum with manuka daily. The manuka honey reduces high adhesive and bleeding scores and lowers the risk of gingivitis and periodontitis.
4: Always eat your honey cold
Sometimes you read on the label of a honey jar that the honey is raw or cold-pressed. This means that the honey isn’t heated during processing. If honey becomes warmer than 40 degrees, enzymes go lost; so you’re missing part of the medicinal power. This also applies to the processing of honey in cakes or tea. Would you like to take advantage of the benefits of honey, always eat it cold.
5: Check the predicates on the packaging
Manuka honey is produced by bees in some parts of New Zealand and Australia. In these areas there are almost no flower species but only manuka bushes. Before the produced honey may be sold as manuka honey, the product must be checked in detail. Is the honey approved, then it gets a UMF predicate: Unique Manuka Factor.
However, this doesn’t directly mean that you’ve a strong manuka honey. The active ingredient in manuka honey is methylgyoxal, abbreviated MGO. Besides checking the packaging for the UMF-predicate, it’s wise to check the MGO value as well. blue®m’s dental chewing gum contains manuka honey with a MGO value of > 350: incredibly strong! Finally, it’s important to check if the honey is packaged in New Zealand. Are the UMF, MGO and place of origin on the packaging correct? Then you know for sure that you’ve good, powerful manuka honey!
The MGO value in blue®m dental chewing gum is > 350: incredibly strong! In addition, the honey packed in New Zealand: pure medicinal manuka honey.
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The ambitious Denise is oral health adviser at blue®m. After having gained extensive experience in biological dentistry, she started studying Oral Hygiene. Her passion is to help people towards optimal oral health.