Nature has the ability to give us all kind of gifts that are 100% natural and keep out bodies fit. Manuka is a type of example. This is a type of Australian tea tree which can be used to produce honey. Not a regular type of honey but a more powerful one, which can have miraculous effects on the human body.
Components of Manuka Honey
The main component which gives honey its antibiotic qualities is the hydrogen peroxide. Next to this, MG (methylglyoxal) is another compound that can be found in all types of honey, in small quantities. However, in the Manuka honey this compound is found in high concentration.
What’s the purpose of this compound? It gives the honey a strong antibiotic effect which can fight many diseases. The potency of manuka honey is calculated according to a scale called UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) which states the authenticity of the honey. If the honey you buy is rated UMF 10+ then it can be considered superior quality.
Uses of Manuka Honey
The main uses of manuka honey are:
- treating diabetes;
- reducing inflammation
- treating ear, eye and sinus infections;
- reducing high cholesterol;
- healing burns, wounds and ulcers due to the rich content of anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory characteristics.
- due to its antimicrobial properties it can fight against gingivitis and periodontal diseases;
- diminishing the symptoms of allergies and sinusitis.
- boosting vitality and energy and maintaining skin smoothness and softness.
- improving sleep by releasing the glycogen necessary for deep sleep.
How to consume Manuka honey?
It is best to eat one-two tablespoons of honey daily but if it is too sweet for you, try adding it in your milk before bed, in your tea or sprinkle it over toast. You can combine it with cinnamon for extra strength or you can use it as face wash, shampoo or detox drink.
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