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Manuka Honey

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Manuka honey is made in Australia and New Zealand by bees that pollinate the native manuka bush. Advocates say it can treat wound infections and other conditions.

Healing Power of Honey

Honey protects against damage caused by bacteria. Some also boost production of special cells that can repair tissue damaged by infection. And honey has an anti-inflammatory action that can quickly ease pain and inflammation.

But not all honey is the same. The antibacterial quality of honey depends on the type of honey as well as when and how it’s harvested. Some kinds may be 100 times more potent than others.

Components of Manuka Honey

Hydrogen peroxide gives most honey its antibiotic quality. But some types, including manuka honey, also have other ingredients with antibacterial qualities.

The major antibacterial component in manuka honey is methylglyoxal (MG). MG is a compound found in most types of honey, but usually only in small quantities.

In manuka honey, MG comes from the conversion of another compound, dihydroxyacetone, that is found in high concentration in the nectar of manuka flowers.

The higher the concentration of MG, the stronger the antibiotic effect.

Honey producers have a scale for rating the potency of manuka honey. The rating is called UMF, which stands for Unique Manuka Factor.

The UMF rating reflects the concentration of MG. To be considered potent enough to be therapeutic, manuka honey needs a minimum rating of 10 UMF. Honey at or above that level is marketed as “UMF Manuka Honey” or “Active Manuka Honey.” But doctors and researchers aren’t sure if this rating means anything from a medical standpoint.

How Manuka Honey Is Used

The main medical use for manuka honey is on top of a wound. It is generally used for treating minor wounds and burns. Manuka honey is also marketed for use in many other conditions, including:

But the evidence is limited on whether it works for these conditions.

The honey used to treat wounds is a medical-grade honey. It is specially sterilized and prepared as a dressing. So the jar of manuka honey in the pantry shouldn’t be part of your first aid kit. Wounds and infections should be seen and treated by a health care professional.

What the Science Says About Manuka Honey

Several recent studies show manuka honey can be helpful when it’s used on top of wounds and leg ulcers. Studies also show it might fight infection and boost healing.

But not all studies show that it helps heal ulcers. And there is concern that manuka honey may delay healing in people who have ulcers related to diabetes.

The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database lists honey as being “possibly effective” to treat burns and wounds. The Cochrane Review notes that honey may shorten healing times in mild burns and surgical wounds compared with traditional dressings. But they also say more research needs to be done.

Another study suggests that manuka honey may help prevent gingivitis and other periodontal disease by reducing the buildup of plaque. In some studies, manuka honey seemed to help prevent inflammation in the esophagus from radiation and chemotherapy for cancer.

Another possible benefit of honey is that, unlike antibiotics, it doesn’t appear to lead to resistant bacteria. These so-called “superbugs” develop after repeated exposure to common antibiotics. Special antibiotics are needed to treat them.

But most of the studies on manuka honey have been with small numbers of people, and so far, research hasn’t shown that manuka honey helps with high cholesterol or balancing the bacteria in the gut. And no major studies have looked at the effect of manuka honey on cancer, diabetes, or fungal infections.

Possible Side Effects of Manuka Honey

These can include:

  • Allergic reaction, especially in people who are allergic to bees
  • Risk of a rise in blood sugar
  • Effects on certain chemotherapy drugs and interactions with various other medicines.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on September 8, 2020

It would seem there are as many types of honey as there are apples. Each honey would seem to have its on special benefits. Did you know there were so many hoenys? Which honey do you like best? Why?

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Hot Lemon in the Winter

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If you decided to grow fresh lemons indoors for the winter or year round, then you chose wisely for this delightful winter drink that is packed with many nutrients to help keep the winter cold at bay. As we know, during a pandemic, health is the new normal. So, make this drink apart of your winter diet.

Fresh Hot Lemon & Honey
– Your favorite mug
– One Fresh Lemon
– Honey to taste
– 1/4 tablespoon cinnamon
– Hot water

Cut lemon in half and squeeze each half into the hot cup of water. Add lemon to taste and 1/4 tablespoon cinnamon. Mix all ingredients and enjoy.

What is your favorite winter drink? Why? Share the recipe.

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USDA Organic & True Organic

The Truth about Organic Honey

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Many farmers, some apart of the real organic project, and organic growers such as Eliot Coleman have been sounding the alarm, that the USDA standards are not true to organic growing. They allow for some and certain pesticides and include hydroponic foods, which true organic farmers reject because they believe food must be grown in soil to be considered organic. So, while the USDA Organic label provides some standards and guidelines, true organic growers do not believe these standards go far enough and have been broaden to allow corporate industrial complexes to slide in under the label. Do you know what hydroponic growing involves? What do you think of the farmers and growers comments on the USDA standards? As a consumer, what do you think the standards should be? Share your comments with the community by posting your comments below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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