Manuka Honey. It’s all the vibe today, and we understand exactly why. Forget kale for skin health, high-end anti-wrinkle creams, and chemicals to treat wounds. Honey, Manuka’s got it all!
It’s time for a 101 on Manuka Honey. We made an entire company based on it. You bet we have great reasons as to why.
Manuka Honey vs Other Honey
The liquid gold has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years. We’re talking back to the Ancient Egyptians who used the nectar to treat wounds and the gut (Al-Jabri, 2005)! However, why is Manuka honey becoming so popular?
Let’s take a nutritional view on Manuka honey vs regular honey.
Image taken from: (Garone, 2021)
Source: (U.S. Department of Agriculture, 2019)
(U.S. Department of Agriculture, 2021)
As we can see a 20g of serving from each honey provides a very similar nutritional value. Alas, we can deduct nutritional benefits being the main cause of Manuka’s claim to fame. Let’s read on.
It can cure your wounds!
Manuka Honey has been heavily researched in recent years. This is primarily because of its phenolic and methylglyoxal properties. They are some big words, but in essence, these two compounds are responsible for Manuka’s high antibacterial activity (Johnston, et al., 2018).
So, what does all this mean?
It is believed that medical-grade Manuka Honey can be used to treat wounds and repair the skin. In fact, a 2015 study revealed that there was substantial evidence that Manuka Honey can heal ‘partial-thickness burns around 4 to 5 days more quickly than conventional dressings’ (Jull, et al., 2015).
But oh honey, can manuka do so much more (it’s hard to believe, we know).
The honey contains anti-inflammatory properties alas, it can help reduce swelling caused by acne. There’s more. Remember the antibacterial activity we mentioned earlier? These same properties help to fight bacteria found in your pores, be rid of them, leaving less chance for the bacteria to infect your skin and cause an outbreak (Ginta, 2018).
Lastly, on acne, Manuka has a low pH balance (Gethin, et al., 2008) which means, as well as freeing your skin of free radicals, it can also speed up the acne healing process!
Rightly so, Manuka Honey is on the popularity rise. Armed with such huge health benefits that it’s difficult to see why it shouldn’t. It really is the bees-knees.
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