Honey I killed the bacteria!

Abigail
March 6, 2018

We are all aware of the health benefit of honey. Honey has been commonly used throughout history due to its numerous health benefits and versatile use. However, Australian scientists have found that one special type of honey can kill all kinds of bacteria, even the most serious ones.

This incredible discovery may be of extreme importance at a time when even the best antibiotics fail to deliver the desired results, especially in the case of the resistant “superbugs”. It was published in the European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases in June 2009.

The honey that has been found to possess these incredible properties is in fact manuka honey, produced in New Zealand.

As soon as its miraculous health benefits have been revealed, its growing popularity has led to shortages of manuka honey, as well as the selling of fake products.

Manuka Honey Kills MRSA, Other Superbugs

This remarkable type of honey is a product of bees which forage on the Leptospermum Scoparium nectar, which is the New Zealand manuka bush, and on other tea trees which are native to New Zealand and Australia only.

The Australian reported that studies of researchers found that manuka honey successfully kills all kinds of pathogen and bacteria they have tested. It can be consumed or used topically, in order to treat insect bites, cuts or skin infections.

However, the most incredible and significant difference that was found was the fact that none of the superbugs that have been exposed to this honey could build up immunity, which is one of the major problems in the case of antibiotics nowadays.

Dr. Dee Carter of the University of Sydney’s School of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences commented “New antibiotics tend to have short shelf lives, as the bacteria they attack quickly become resistant. Many large pharmaceutical companies have abandoned antibiotic production because of the difficulty of recovering costs. Developing effective alternatives could therefore save many lives.”

Dr. Carter states that this remarkable honey includes a compound known as methylglyoxal, which enters in a combination with other unknown ingredients to lead to “multi-system failure” which kills the bacteria.

Nutritional benefits

  • Amino acids
  • B vitamins (B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid)
  • Copper
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Sodium
  • Zinc

You can purchase manuka honey online or in health food stores. However, note that there has been a fluctuation in the amounts of it recently. Also, some fake honey scams were also documented.

Due to all this, you should search for a UMF certification label on your manuka honey in order to know that you are buying the authentic one.

The UMF term actually means Unique Manuka Factor, which is the phytochemical quality derived from the manuka bushes which provides its uniqueness. It has been regulated by the New Zealand’s Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association. Moreover, you can also purchase some certified manuka products on Amazon.com

To experience the most benefit, you should take a dose of about 1-2 tablespoons of Manuka honey a day. The easiest way is to just take it straight, but if it is a little too sweet for you, then you can add it to your favorite herbal tea, over yogurt, or on sprouted grain toast.

quick tip:If you want to enhance the immune boosting effect or heal a sore throat, add 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Research shows that the antimicrobial properties of cinnamon and Manuka honey are so powerful, that they can really help you recover fast!

Abigail Morakinyo has also been shortlisted for the 'Mum and Working' Award and has reached the final.

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