The Best Manuka Honey For Healing

The Best Manuka Honey For Healing – Know Your Honey

Honey is a supersaturated sugar solution derived from nectar gathered and modified by the honeybee and has been used since ancient times for healing. Manuka honey is a special type of honey that has been shown to have even more healing benefits over regular honey.  In this article I will explain the best manuka honey for healing since finding quality and true manuka honey can be a challenge.manuka-or-tea-tree-bush

Manuka honey comes from bees that pollinate the manuka bush. The manuka bush grows predominantly in New Zealand but also grows in Australia too. In fact there is a bit of competition between the two countries for the certification of authentic manuka honey. The world market price of manuka honey has reached incredibly high numbers making it one of the priciest exports coming out of New Zealand and Australia, so you can see why both countries are looking for certification superiority. If New Zealand wins the trademark, they will have a very lucrative product niche.

Manuka bushes also grow in other parts of the world, but the flower bees that pollinate them are not the right kind that produce true manuka honey. The New Zealand manuka bush is the same bush that tea tree oil comes from.

Authentic New Zealand manuka honey has the UMF on it’s side which is an advocacy group. The Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association (UMF) is a trademark and works with the growers and producers of the honey to inform the users of the benefits. These quality standards uphold the label by hiring independent companies to check samples of the honey.  The UMF is also looking to trademark the Manuka Honey name to protect the authenticity of the product.

How Is Manuka Honey Different From Other Types of Honey?

All honey has natural antibiotic properties due to their hydrogen peroxide content and has been used for centuries for wound healing and it’s ability to kill germs.  All honey is acidic with a pH between 3.2 and 4.5 which is responsible in promoting healing.

Manuka honey however, has even more unique qualities making it superior to regular honey.  One of these properties is a substance called methylglyoxal (MGO) which is found only in the nectar of the manuka plant. MGO is superior at attacking germs so well that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved bandages infused with Manuka honey for over the counter and prescription use in wound healing.

Flying honeybee collecting pollen at cherry blossoms.

MGO is not found in such high concentrations in any other food besides manuka honey. The higher the concentration of MGO, the stronger the antibacterial result.  High concentration of MGO in manuka honey gives it the power to destroy a large number of viruses and bacteria.  In fact, a recent study published in the European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases showed manuka honey killed almost every bacteria and pathogen it was tested on, something traditional antibiotics cannot claim.  These bacteria and pathogens include two strains of staph bacteria, MSSA (methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus) and MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) and Pseudomonas aeriginosa (PA).

Manuka honey also has an amazing nutritional profile that far exceeds traditional flower honey.  Manuka honey has amino acids, b vitamins, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, sodium and zinc up to 4 times the amounts of regular honey.

Health Benefits Of True Manuka Honey

Digestion and Immunology – especially SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth), low stomach acid and acid reflux or GERD.  Any bacterial issue with the stomach can benefit from manuka honey.  It can balance the bad bacteria in your gut which can heal and soothe digestion. Manuka honey can help prevent infections with it’s high antibacterial content helping with any bacterial illnesses and building immunity.

Stomach ulcers. Manuka honey is effective in killing the bacteria responsible for stomach ulcers, Helicobacter pylori, due to it’s antibacterial properties.

Chronic sinus infections. Manuka honey is effective at killing off Staphylococcus and Pseudomonas, bacteria responsible for causing sinus infections even better than antibiotics.

Wounds and skin ulcers. Manuka honey may be effective in killing MRSA, a bacteria that thrives on your skin and is commonly found in skin wounds. MRSA can grow and can be life threatening. ScienceDaily reports that 85 percent of bacteria in skin wounds was destroyed by small concentrations of manuka honey. Always check with your doctor for deep wounds or wounds that don’t heal or change in color and swelling.  

Periodontal disease. Dental plaque and tartar are caused by bacteria left on your teeth and can cause inflammation and gum disease. Manuka honey was shown in a study to prevent dental plaque and worked better than a clinical anti plaque mouthwash.

Skin Care. Excema, sensitive skin and psoriasis can all be helped with the topical application of manuka honey. Although there is not a lot of science yet behind it, manuka honey’s anti inflammatory properties are added to skincare to soothe and relieve chronic skin conditions.

Diabetic foot ulcers. Manuka honey is reported to be effective in the treatment of diabetic leg and foot ulcers according to a recent study.


How To Purchase Authentic Manuka Honey

At the beginning of this article I mentioned UMF, the Unique Manuka Honey Factor, the trademark group that oversees the authenticity of manuka honey. The UMF is also a grading system which appraises the natural markers found in the honey to assure purity and quality.  The UMF protects your rights as a consumer so you are getting what you pay for as the strength and potency of manuka honey as it varies per manuka bush. The UMF is a trademark of licensed users who must be New Zealand company manufacturers. Manuka honey must go through a series of tests to show authenticity and purity

This is the manuka honey grading UMF grading system:

The UMF quality trademark ranges from 5 upwards:

  •  0-4  Not detectable
  •  5-9  Low levels
  • 10-15 Useful levels
  • 16+   Superior high grade levels

The Active Manuka Honey Association of New Zealand is the organization responsible for the oversight of testing manuka honey.  Below MUST be labeled on the jar, or it is not guaranteed authentic manuka honey.

What will you see on the jar of authentic, trademarked manuka honey?

  • Authentic manuka honey will have the  UMF® trademark on the jar.
  • Along with the UMF will come a number.  This number specifies the UMF level of anti-bacterial activity.  5+, 10+, 12+, 16+, 18+, 20+
  • It has the UMF licensee’s brand name and license number on the label.
  • It is packed into jars and labelled in New Zealand.
  • It has a numerical number alongside the UMF trademark. (a number on it’s own without the trademark UMF does not identify genuine manuka honey).
  • It is endorsed by the Official UMF Test Certificate which states the batch number test results on the label.

In conclusion, manuka honey is a special honey with superior antibacterial and nutrient qualities above regular honey.  The UMF is a trademark for authentic New Zealand manuka honey, protecting the rights of the consumer in getting a quality and authentic product. Manuka honey has many researched and documented health benefits relating to antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Finding authentic manuka honey involves making sure the label has all the required information on it, guaranteeing authenticity.
My favorite brands of authentic manuka honey can be found below.  And please comment if you enjoyed this article, I love to hear from my readers.

Medi Bee  medi bee manuka honey

Steens steens-beekeeper-15-raw-manuka-honey-340g-ste5-7yx6w_L

Tahi tahi manuka honey

16 Comments Add yours
  1. Wow, that is crazy that you can infused the Manuka honey into bandages! From all the benefits, like anti-inflammatory aspects, vitamins and nutrients, it sounds like this version of honey is truly a super food! A shame that it’s a little hard to get a hold of due to the limited supply.

    Do you normally take it by itself or put it on some food like toast? And also, does it taste any differently from regular honey?

    1. Hey Nick, thanks for dropping by! Manuka honey is an amazing superfood, and great for the skin too! Here are some bandages infused with Manuka honey, I haven’t tried these, but would love to know if someone has used them. The reviews are good. And yes, you can have manuka honey on toast or however you like to use conventional honey. Just don’t heat it. It has a sharper taste than regular honey.

  2. Wow, this is an interesting post. Me and my wife are very conscious of our eating habits.
    It is amazing how many health and healing benefits we can get from natural products, while we are “programmed” to rather purchase over the counter products from the chemistry supply chain.
    I have never heard of Manuka honey before. …Amazing that honey can be so beneficial to us.
    Interesting fact that the combination of the Makuna flowers and the specific type of bees are key to the product.
    Thanks for a very informative article.

    1. You’re welcome! I enjoy bringing interesting information to my readers! It’s always hard to get the word out on natural products. There is no money to be made with natural products for drug companies, so information comes from alternative practitioners and doctors that get informed.

  3. Thanks Linda for your very informative article. I’ve always thought that honey products, as a commercial byproduct, are all the same. Also, they have all similar benefits. Reading your article gave me new and beneficial information. It’s always great to know that there are natural products like these that are truly beneficial to our health. Thanks for this Linda.

  4. Hi,
    This manuka honey fascinates me, i have always wondered why it is so expensive, now i know why.
    I have seen it on the supermarket shelves and thought wow that is pricey.
    Taking the honey for the digestion how much would you suggest? also is that a daily or weekly dose?.
    Maybe a strange question does honey have any iron in it? i have my reasons for asking.
    You have done a great post, very readable.

    1. Hi Sharon, thank you for your comment! Yes, manuka honey does contain iron and since honey is extremely bioavailable to the body, I would bet the iron is bioavailable too. If you’re taking manuka honey for digestion issues, I would get manuka honey of a least 12+ and take 1-3 teaspoons every day.

  5. Hi Linda, enjoyed you article on Manuka honey. I have never heard of this kind of honey before. I have stomach issues on occasion, and your site as a who could be very useful. I enjoyed your detailed description of Manuka honey, good information to have! Great article and site, thank you!

    1. Hi Susan! I would take a tablespoon a day. Please let me know how it works for you. I would also try slippery elm drops, lglutamine and check your vitamin levels if possible.

  6. CVS is selling bandage is infused with Manuka honey, but I can’t find what the UMF grade is. Do you know?

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