What is Manuka Honey?
From Pacific Resources website: Discover for yourself the unique and wondrous properties of Manuka Honey. Manuka Honey has been shown to have natural antibacterial properties that aid with digestion, boost the immune system and help heal wounds. All our Manuka Honey is genuine and has been independently tested for potency and purity. These test certificates are available upon request with the batch number from, firstname.lastname@example.org. We work directly with the bee keepers in New Zealand and our jars have the name of the company who packed it, so you can be assured it was harvested from a reputable source.
In her BBC News article, “Harnessing Honey’s Healing Power," Angie Knox quotes biochemist Professor Peter Molan about Manuka Honey: "It works on bacteria, fungi, & protozoa. We haven't found anything it doesn't work on among infectious organisms." True to Professor Molan’s words, Manuka Honey is widely believed to not only treat minor wounds and burns, but to:
- Help lower cholesterol
- Help reduce systemic inflammation
- Help treat diabetes
- Help reduce ear, eye and sinus infection symptoms
- Help reduce gastrointestinal problems
Hydrogen peroxide is a component of most raw honeys and is responsible for the antibiotic benefits most honeys provide. Most types of honey also have components with antibacterial qualities, but only Manuka Honey contains methylglyoxal (MG), one of the key UMF (Unique Manuka Factors) qualities. Indeed, the higher the concentration of MG, the more powerful the antibiotic effect, which is one reason honey producers have developed a scale for rating the UMF potency of Manuka Honey. Therapeutic abilities start with 5+ either UMF or Bio Active. The advantage of higher grades is that less honey can be used for the same results for everyday conditions. For extreme conditions, a 10+ UMF or higher is recommended.
NOT ALL MANUKA HONEY IS CREATED EQUAL
According to PRI founder David Noll, however, “In recent times, we’ve seen a plethora of Manuka Honey suppliers claiming that you need to have a 16+ or higher to get the job done for certain conditions although testing has shown that there’s actually no difference in treating these conditions when using grades between the 10+ and 20+. In addition, many so-called Manuka Honey products are in fact packaged outside of New Zealand to bypass NZ regulations, which is why we’ve always cited the name and address of the New Zealand bee keepers where our honey is packed with a batch number. The bottom line is that not all Manuka Honey products are created equally, and we feel a responsibility to help ensure that American consumers are experiencing the benefits of authentic New Zealand honey just the way nature intended.”