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The Magical Properties And Benefits Of Manuka Honey

Malaysians have a culture of consuming honey and greatly exceed European consumption. In November 2017, it was reported that 80% of honey found in Malaysian markets are fake and authorities warned about the risk of getting sick instead of getting healthier. Read on to find  out how you can determine the authenticity of your Manuka Honey especially if you are paying a premium price for it.

Manuka honey is a type of honey native to New Zealand. It is produced by bees who pollinate the flower Leptospermum scoparium, commonly known as the Manuka bush. Manuka honey is considered a monofloral honey, made mostly from the nectar of one kind of flower.  As a type of raw honey, Manuka honey is best known for its brown hue, highly viscous texture as well as its delicately subtle, bittersweet aftertaste. Similar to other honeys, Manuka honey is high in sugar. While Manuka honey is a sugar, it is a simple sugar, unlike refined sugars. This helps absorb energy easier and faster.

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What is more significant is Manuka honey has many more nutritional advantages. Manuka honey contains polyphenols such as flavonoids, probiotics, minerals and amino acids, which are the key building blocks that contribute to the growth and support of other physiological functions. It contains vitamin B, which releases energy from food, provides calcium for bones, iron for red blood cell production, potassium, which helps the heart muscles to work optimally. Zinc, an essential mineral, is also present in Manuka honey and is important for wound healing and helps to process all macronutrients from food.

Antibacterial Property Of Manuka Honey

Manuka honey’s antibacterial properties are what separate it from traditional honeys. Most honeys are believed to have some degree of bacteria killing properties because they contain chemicals that produce hydrogen peroxide. In 1991, a study conducted by the Honey Research Unit in New Zealand revealed that when hydrogen peroxide was removed from a range of honeys, only Manuka honey retains its ability to kill bacteria. This is due to the presence of Methylglyoxal (MGO), an ingredient unique to Manuka honey from the nectar of Leptospermum scoparium. It was found to have an extra antibacterial property, which is often referred to as Non Peroxide Activity (NPA).

Manuka Honey’s Concentration Of Active Ingredient Increases Over Time

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The words methylglyoxal (MGO) and dihydroxyacetone (DHA) are related to manuka honey. They are strongly related to the ‘activity’ of manuka honey. NPA and UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) are both used to describe the extra antibacterial property of manuka honey. Methylglyoxal (MGO) is a naturally occurring chemical present in New Zealand Manuka honey. Manuka can have MGO levels up to 100 times that found in other raw honey and is often described as a superfood. Manuka acts as a natural type of antibiotic and it was found against a wide

variety of bacteria strains even those that were resistant to antibiotics. Manuka honey has also been found to aid in wound healing and tissue regeneration by facilitating the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

Dihydroxyacetone or DHA, which is found in the nectar of manuka flowers, is a precursor of MGO in honey. DHA itself does not have antibacterial properties. However, over time DHA converts to MGO through a natural chemical reaction. DHA is unique to manuka nectar and has not been found  in any other floral types of honey. The conversion of DHA to MGO occurs slowly over time. Storage is another factor that affects the conversion of DHA to MGO. Manuka honey with a higher starting DHA concentration has the potential to have a higher MGO concentration after storage compared to those with a lower starting DHA concentration. The ratio of DHA:MGO is higher in new manuka honey but as time goes by and more MGO is made, the ratio will drop. The average ratio in a mature manuka honey is 2:1. New Zealand Manuka-type honey products are required to have both DHA and MGO present in them.

Manuka Honey’s Rating System

Typically, every jar of Manuka honey bears the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) quality mark. UMF is a quality trademark issued to all registered licensed beekeepers, producers and exporters of genuine Manuka honey. On the label of any Manuka honey product, you will notice numbers such as 10+, 15+, 20+ or 25+. These numbers indicate the levels of MGO and DHA present in the honey. The UMF honey test also looks for Leptosperin – a Manuka specific chemical. Leptosperin is stable over time and only exists in Manuka nectar. The presence of Leptosperin provides an absolute assurance that the product is genuine.

Manuka  honey   with the highest UMF ratings is the most potent in terms of some important health benefits. They have highly  antibacterial properties  and are  able to fight off  dangerous  infections. There  is  no  conclusive evidence  that eating  manuka  honey with high potency would be any better compared to lower grade honey. Middle-grade  manuka  honey  is  most often used in skincare and  health  purposes and  is  for  short-term  consumption  (UMF 10+ or higher).  Lower-grade manuka honey  (UMF 5+) is the  perfect  choice for daily  consumption.

The antibacterial properties of manuka honey are a lot higher than other honey. It can have up to 100 times higher antibacterial effects compared to other traditional honey. Manuka acts as a natural type of antibiotic and it was found against a wide variety of bacteria strains even those that are resistant to antibiotics. Manuka honey has also been found to aid in wound healing and tissue regeneration by facilitating the body’s natural ability to heal itself. In fact, it has been used traditionally for wound healing, soothing sore throats, preventing tooth decay, to treat acne, prevent ulcers and improving digestive problems.

Helps Treat Wounds

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of manuka honey for wound treatment. Manuka honey’s antioxidant and antibacterial properties are responsible for treating wounds. Manuka honey has a lower pH than most honey, which can help to promote optimal wound healing. Manuka honey accelerates the healing process and can also help prevent infections. Studies have shown that using manuka honey can help in wound healing, promoting tissue regeneration and decreasing pain in people suffering from burns.

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Manuka Honey – A ‘Sweet’ For Good Oral Health Minus The Cavities

Studies have shown Manuka honey attacks harmful oral bacteria associated with plaque formation, gum inflammation and tooth decay. You may have thought that consuming honey for good oral health seems contradictory since we have constant warnings about having a sweet tooth that leads to cavities. However, unlike sweets and refined sugar, Manuka honey’s potent antibacterial effects are unlikely to contribute to cavities or tooth decay. In one study, it was demonstrated that sucking on a manuka honey chew was much more effective at reducing plaque and gingival bleeding than those who chew sugar-free gum.

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Eases Sore Throat

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Manuka honey can offer relief from sore throat. It helps with inflammation and fights against the bacteria that cause pain. Those who use manuka honey have a decrease in Streptococcus strain, a type of bacteria that causes sore throats.

Gets Rid Of Ulcer

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Ulcers can be annoying and can take days to heal. Eating and drinking are a pain when you have one. Fortunately, one scientific study indicated that manuka honey can help get rid of them faster. A study done in Saudi Arabia found that regular applications of honey after meals can heal ulcers in around four days. It worked twice as fast as over-the-counter medicines and those who used honey reported a significant decrease in pain and discomfort too.

Keeps Your Digestive Health In Good Shape

The anti-inflammatory effects of manuka honey help increase certain gastric enzyme levels that help prevent and protect against oxidative damage. Thus, it can reduce inflammation and help prevent gastric ulcers. Its antibacterial property is effective against H. pylori induced gastric ulcers. It also balances the bacteria in the gut and stops bad bacteria overgrowth. Manuka honey also provides a protective coating to the stomach and oesophagus in GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease).

Boosts Immunity

Manuka honey can be used safely as an alternative natural antibiotic. It stimulates the macrophages to release mediators that are needed for tissue healing and reducing microbial infections.  Kordel's Manuka Honey 10+ is proven to be effective against S. aureus with lower concentration. Another unique feature of manuka honey is oligosaccharides. Sugar accounts for over 80% of honey and up to 25% of this sugar is made up of oligosaccharides. Oligosaccharides from Manuka honey were found to inhibit the sticking of P. aeruginosa, E. coli and S. aureus to our cells. Additionally, Manuka honey has antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. A study published in 2014 proved honey, particularly manuka honey, has a potent inhibitory activity against influenza virus.   

Battles Acne

The anti-inflammatory effects of manuka honey help increase certain gastric enzyme levels that help prevent and protect against oxidative damage. Thus, it can reduce inflammation and help prevent gastric ulcers. Its antibacterial property is effective against H. pylori induced gastric ulcers. It also balances the bacteria in the gut and stops bad bacteria overgrowth. Manuka honey also provides a protective coating to the stomach and oesophagus in GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease).

Why Choose Kordel’s Signature Manuka Honey?

Kordel’s Signature Manuka Honey is the 100% premium and authentic New Zealand honey with MGO and UMF grading system that appraises natural markers found in Manuka honey. It assures the authenticity, purity and quality of the honey. Only a jar labelled Manuka Honey with the UMF or MGO rating guarantees that your Manuka honey is genuine, plus the levels of antibacterial activity. You do not need to burn a hole in your pocket with Kordel’s Signature Manuka Honey 10 +. It is an inexpensive choice of a high quality and authentic Manuka Honey. Kordel’s Signature Manuka Honey  10+ is reviewed in a published study to be effective against S.aureus, an antibiotic resistant strain of bacteria, at lower concentration. 

Make the right choice today and taste the authentic magic of Kordel’s Signature Manuka Honey 10+ and MGO 263+.

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