What is Manuka honey?

In this brief guide, we will answer the query, “What is Manuka honey?”. We will also talk about the nutritional facts about Manuka honey and the health benefits of eating Manuka honey.

What is Manuka honey?

Manuka is honey produced by bees in Australia and New Zealand by pollinating the flowers of the Manuka bush which is a kind of tea tree. Manuka honey has been in use in Australia and New Zealand for years by the Aboriginal people and has been popular around the globe.

Manuka honey is considered monofloral honey as the bees only collect nectar from Manuka bushes. Manuka honey has antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties.

The manuka honey is certified by UMF i.e. unique manuka factor for its quality and the presence of all factors that make Manuka honey unique.

What are the nutritional facts about Manuka honey?

One tablespoon or 20 grams of Manuka honey has the following nutrients according to USDA.

  • Calories: 70
  • Fat: 0 grams
  • Sodium: 0 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 16 grams
  • Fiber: 0 grams
  • Sugar: 16 grams
  • Protein: 0 grams

What are the health benefits of eating Manuka honey? 

Manuka honey has anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and antioxidant properties which are very beneficial for good health. Manuka honey has been used to treat wounds, ulcers, oral hygiene, sore throat, and acne.

Healing wounds 

Manuka honey is said to heal wounds which are supported by the ph value of manuka honey which is between 3.2 and 4.5, which makes it acidic. The acidic properties help in the healing of wounds.

The body has the ability to repair itself by healing wounds with the help of proteins and peptides. The acidic property of manuka honey blocks any enzymes that would damage the essential protein and peptides and promote healing.

The honey should be directly applied to the wound in order to heal the wound as the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties help the healing process.

Better oral health and hygiene 

Eating or sucking on Manuka honey can help in reducing the plaque buildup in the teeth and also protect from the risk of gingivitis which is a gum disease where the gums bleed.

Heals sore throat 

Manuka honey has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that help in healing sore throats by fighting against the bacteria causing pain and reducing inflammation. A bit of manuka honey ingested either by itself or in a tea can help relieve sore throat.

Treats ulcers 

Be it gastric ulcers or ulcers in the skin, manuka honey does wonders in healing these ulcers because of its anti-inflammatory properties. The diabetes-related ulcers that occur in the bottom of the foot are open sore wounds that can be treated by using Manuka honey.

Gastric ulcers that affect the inner lining of the digestive tract are also relieved by the use of Manuka honey as it helps release a certain enzyme that protects against oxidative damage and reduces inflammation and gastric ulcers.

Treats acne and skin conditions 

The anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties of Manuka honey help the skin to be bacteria-free and also helps hydrate the skin. Manuka honey can reduce inflammation and irritation caused due to acne. A thin layer of Manuka honey over the affected skin can help soothe from the irritation.

A face mask made with Manuka honey can be applied to the face and left for 10-15 minutes to treat eczema. For the face mask, equal amounts of olive oil, Manuka honey, and beeswax need to be mixed together and applied to the skin to help relieve any skin condition as it would hydrate and rejuvenate the skin.

Is there any risk related to consuming Manuka honey?

Manuka honey like any other honey type is safe to consume for many people unless you are suffering from diabetes, or a heart condition, and are allergic to bees and honey. If you are diabetic then you should be a bit careful before eating Manuka honey in excess.

Excess eating Manuka honey can spike your blood sugar levels. It is always best to check with your doctor before starting to consume manuka honey or adding it to your diet.

It is also important to check with the medical practitioner if Manuka honey is okay for you to ingest if you are allergic to any kind of honey or bees. If you are allergic to honey, then it is better to avoid consuming Manuka honey even though it has many healing properties.

Conclusion 

In this brief guide, we answered the query, “What is Manuka honey?”. We also talked about the nutritional facts about Manuka honey and the health benefits of eating Manuka honey.

I hope you find this blog useful. If you have any questions, please let us know.

References 

https://www.verywellfit.com/how-manuka-honey-differs-from-regular-honey-5190887

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