Manuka honey is produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the native manuka bush. Advocates say it treats wound infections and other conditions.
- If you want Manuka for general good health and daily enjoyment as a food, for example on bread, in drinks, then chose our normal Manuka with the purple label.
- Honey has been used since ancient times to treat multiple conditions. It wasn’t until the late 19th century that researchers discovered that honey has natural antibacterial qualities.
- Honey protects against damage caused by bacteria. Some honey also stimulates production of special cells that can repair tissue damaged by infection. In addition, honey has an anti-inflammatory action that can quickly reduce pain and inflammation once it is applied.
- 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 of honey may be 100 times more potent than others.
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. These include:
- Preventing and treating cancer
- Reducing high cholesterol
- Reducing systemic inflammation
- Treating diabetes
- Treating eye, ear, and sinus infections
- Treating gastrointestinal problems
The possible side effects of manuka honey are:
- Allergic reaction, especially in people who are allergic to bees
- Risk of a rise in blood sugar
- Possible interaction with certain chemotherapy drugs
Most of the studies on manuka honey have been with small numbers of patients. More studies are needed to decide if it is safe and effective for various medical conditions.
- Consuming manuka honey may increase the blood sugar. Some, including those allergic to bees may develop allergic reactions to this product. Additionally, manuka honey may interact negatively with some drugs use for chemotherapy. Please speak to your doctor!
Source: Med Health, http://www.med-health.net/Manuka-Honey.html
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