Honey is one of the oldest foods. Its beneficial properties were found by mankind thousands of years ago. The roots of honey production can be traced back 4000 years when honey was used to heal wounds in ancient Egypt.
In honey contains a lot of nutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin group Bed and, vitamin PP, nitrogenous compounds, organic acids, carotene, and other important elements for our health. Scientists have found about 300 substances in honey, and their origin is harmless to our bodies. The honey itself is sterile thanks to the inhibitor added by bees when processing flower nectar.
Honey has got a sweet taste thanks to the 35% glucose it contains.
What it is?
Manuka honey is produced by bees that collect nectar from a tree shrub or tea tree (scientific name Leptospermum Scoparium). The homeland and main place of growth of this shrub are New Zealand.
Bees collect nectar from the flowers of manuka trees. In the hive, they add the enzyme glucose oxidase to the nectar in order to preserve the honey.
When Manuka honey comes in contact with body fluids, the enzyme glucose oxidase slowly releases antibacterial hydrogen peroxide.
The level of hydrogen peroxide released by the enzyme is not high enough to damage body tissues, but sufficient to kill bacteria.
Benefits of Manuka Honey
Research on Manuka honey uses has shown that manuka is a special type of mono-flower honey that contains substances with powerful antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiviral, antioxidant, antiseptic, and anti-fungal properties. This unique component of honey was originally named UMF®.
In addition to all of the above, honey has an unusual, interesting, and very pleasant taste. From our own experience, we can say that if you manage to catch the onset of a cold and at that moment just eat a couple of spoons, you will really feel the difference. Let’s face it, the cold will pass by.
It is worth taking a closer look not only at honey itself as a food product, we advise you to pay attention to skincare products with this honey in the composition, it is especially good for combating pigmentation and other irregularities and irregularities of the skin.
- Raising immunity
- Treatment of problems of the vascular system and joints
- Positive effect on the work of the gastrointestinal tract
- Anti-inflammatory effect
The most beneficial for humans is dark honey. This is due to the high mineral content. It is especially effective in combating microbes, and this is one of the key properties of honey, necessary for the inhabitants of our country.
Popularized in New Zealand, manuka honey could be the top bestseller of 2015 in the cosmetics industry.
Honey is made by bees from a tree-like shrub of the same name that grows in New Zealand. Its scientific name is “Leptospermum Scoparium” and unique flowers grow on its branches, from the nectar of which we get special honey.
Distinctive features of manuka honey are:
- Best antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect
- Antioxidant content
- Anti-fungal and antiseptic effect
Professor Peter Molan was the first to notice the peculiarities of manuka honey, which happened in 1981. The tests he carried out found that the inhibitions added by bees worked differently than in samples of other types of honey. After processing, honey retained its antibacterial properties, while most other honey samples lost them. This property is “UMF” (Unique Manuka Factor). As a result of the discovery, New Zealand honey received the UMF grading, where the high level of the indicator reflects the great health benefits of honey.
Also known in New Zealand as a tea tree, common on the islands, but practically not found on other continents. The flowers of the tree allow the bees to collect special nectar with persistent antibacterial properties. However, the effectiveness of nectar varies from season to season, which is why different batches of honey have different MGO content.
Manuka honey began as a component of creams only in 2014. Several US organic cosmetics manufacturers have adopted antibacterial properties in their creams, resulting in better results. Manufacturers Andalou Naturals and Sierra Bees pioneered the use of manuka in cosmetics.
Currently, honey contains creams, body oils, shampoos, eczema treatments, lip balms, and cleansers.
- People with stomach ulcers or gastrointestinal problems
- For healing wound infections
- To fight a throat infection
15 years later, in Germany, Professor Thomas Henle established the component of honey, thanks to which manuka got such an effect. The UMF was found to be methylglyoxal (MGO). This substance helps honey fight bacteria, while no other food contains it in the same amounts as manuka honey.
The content of MGO in honey ranges from 100 to 1000 mg, while in ordinary honey the component takes only up to 10 mg. The competitor is coffee, which contains up to 47 mg of methylglyoxal.