This article will focus on raw Manuka honey benefits and its side effects. You can read here about Manuka honey uses for your various health-related issues.
What is Manuka Honey?
Manuka honey is a monofloral honey produced in New Zealand and Australia from the nectar of the Manuka tree (Leptospermum scoparium). Manuka honey is produced by European honey bees (Apis mellifera) feeding on the manuka or tea tree. Apis mellifera is very famous in homeopathy for its wide uses.
The main component of a honey is hydrogen peroxide which gives most honey its antibiotic quality. While the major antibacterial component in manuka honey is methylglyoxal which has effective germ killing abilities.
UAE University (College of Medicine and Health Sciences) researchers have discovered that Manuka honey could effectively inhibit the growth of a variety of cancer cell types including breast, skin, and colon cancer.
Dr. Basel Al Ramadi, professor, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, UAEU said, “Manuka honey has been recognized for its antibacterial and wound healing properties for many years. However, the potential effect of Manuka on cancer cells has not been investigated in detail. Our findings provided conclusive evidence that Manuka acts directly by inducing apoptosis, or programmed cell death, in cancer cells.”
UMF (Unique Manuka Factor)
Unique manuka factor or UMF is regulated by Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association (UMFHA) in New Zealand. According to UMFHA, “The UMF® rating is a measure of the attributes and values that make up Manuka honey, and is a clear measure of its uniqueness.“
UMF number starts at 0(low efﬁcacy) and increases up to 20(high efﬁcacy), higher rating indicating higher antibacterial potency. You can see NUMF numbers as UMF 5+, UMF 10+ etc. A bottle of UMF 5+ has a UMF factor at least 5 not less but could be higher than 5.
Manuka Honey Health Benefits
Support Digestive Health
Studies showed that manuka honey support body’s natural digestive bacterial balance. This honey contains nonperoxide antibacterial activity, especially against Helicobacter pylori. Helicobacter pylori previously named Campylobacter pylori, is a Gram-negative, microaerophilic bacterium found in the stomach.
Manuka Honey is an excellent skin tonic for all skin types. It rejuvenates dry and sensitive skins and also works in sun exposer. It is also effective to treat burns and wounds. In 2008 Cochrane Review found that honey may help improve superficial burns compared to standard dressing.
For Sore Throats
Studies showed Manuka Honey is effective against the bacteria Streptococcus pyogenes. Streptococcus pyogenes is a spherical, Gram-positive bacterium that is the cause of group A streptococcal infections like sore throats or cellulitis.
The vitamins, amino acids and minerals give it special qualities to enhance general health and energy.
Manuka honey can be a powerful immune booster. It contains many antioxidants and antibacterial properties. These properties can help in boosting digestive system and helps in stay healthy. It is also called a cleansing tonic. Mix one tbsp. of manuka honey and lemon juice into a cup of warm water and drink every morning before breakfast.
Manuka Honey’s Possible Side Effects
1: People who are allergic to bees may suffer from allergic reaction.
2. Every honey contains natural sugar which may increase the blood sugar level.
3. Due to natural acidity, you may feel skin irritation when applying it to cuts and burns.