Manuka honey is a special type of honey which is made up of nectar of a single plant species- manuka tree in Australia and New Zealand. We will discuss all the possible aspects related to this miraculous honey and in a few minutes you will see how having a jar of this honey in your kitchen can make space in your medicine box and how will it change your life. You will have a clear picture of why manuka honey is considered to be the best, unique and beneficial form of honey in the world. Manunka honey is famously known as the densest honey with respect to nutrients. The use of honey dates back thousands of years ago, but manuka honey was identified a bit later. The honey which our ancestors used for healing and health purposes was unfortunately not the same as what we are using today. In is our bad luck that the industrialization which we consider as the symbol of modernization has affected not the major things but also has a significant negative impact on the minor health aids like honey. First of all the extensive advertisement and huge amounts of commissions to the doctors are a few attempts done by the pharmaceuticals to mislead patients and gain profit, these attempts have left only a few human beings that still trusts and use natural methods. Out of those only some percentage is aware about the fact that only writing natural on the box of something is not enough to make it natural and there are other parameters to take care of before trusting anything and everything tagged by the keyword natural. Many of us have tried some natural products and after some point of time left the product saying it is not effective. Trust me in most of the cases either you are not using it the right way or you do not have a totally natural product in hand. But a conclusion is made about the entire class of natural products and you also like many others without investigating much find it more convenient to shift to conventional medicines. Since we are talking about honey, all this is important to understand that the number of brands selling honey world wide is just like a group of bees- uncountable. With so many companies claiming to sell natural honey how to select which one is suitable for you? See, first of all you need to be sure about the type of honey you want as there are around three hundred varieties of the same. This depends on the problem or requirement of your body. If you are a health freak and wanting to add it to your diet as health enhancer impressed by the magical sweetener only manuka honey should be your choice. Because there is nothing better than manuka honey in terms of health benefits. Second thing is to be sure about you are not only buying the claim that the product is natural, but the product is actually natural- the property for which you are a fan of manuka honey. It is easy to use manuka honey, and once you have made up your mind regarding using it, believe it or not your health will be a responsibility of manuka honey, but the real work is to find out natural and unadulterated “manuka” honey. There are three things you need to look for while buying honey. First one it should be natural, second is its purity and the third one is most important “manuka”. By looking at the number of people interested in buying manuka honey and its availability restricted to only a few countries, there are many companies selling a mix of some types of honey under the name- manuka honey at very high prices. You should be double sure before selecting your right product. You can verify the originality of manuka honey with the help of UMF- Unique Manuka Factor. It is a global standard in identifying the antibacterial strength of manuka honey. Be it any brand, the manuka honey with UMF less than 10 is not something you should buy. And if you want the best go for the type assigned with a UMF higher than 15. If you still have doubts on what UMF is, take is as quality index that describes whether or not the manuka honey you are thinking to purchase will give you medicinal benefits. Once you have the right thing in hand, rest all will be cake walk.
Let us now talk about the facts and truth about manuka honey for which we are praising the honey so much. Manuka honey is a well of nutrition as it alone contains copper, iron, magnesium, amino acids, manganese, phosphorus, vitamin B, zinc, sodium and potassium. Do you know how many of these are present in the normal honey? The nutritional constituency of manuka honey is four times the nutrition contained in honey made up of natural flowers. So, with so many necessary elements, I am sure now manuka honey will find a place in your kitchen cabinet if you want to stay healthy. Now let us talk about some problem specific benefits of manuka honey that will leave you in awe.
BENEFITS OF MANUKA HONEY FOR STOMACH
Bacteria have a prominent role to play in maintaining our stomach balance and digestion health. And manuka honey has lot to do with bacteria. Our stomach produces acid every now and then while digesting the food. This acid in no way harms our stomach lining as well as digestion; in fact it is really necessary. But the problem of arises when there is an imbalance in the amount of acid present in the stomach, leading to disturbed pH of the abdomen. Be it lower levels of stomach acid, acid reflux, or something like small intestine bacterial over growth, manuka honey can take care of everything related to your stomach. Another stomach related issue in which manuka honey can be beneficial is gastritis. Factor mainly responsible for creating such a condition are excessive use of alcohol, certain drugs like aspirin, frequent vomiting and sometimes just taking stress. Some other causes behind the disease are: Helicobacter pylori, bacteria that live in the mucous lining of the stomach; bile reflux, pernicious anemia, and certain infections. Manuka honey can very well address most of the causes of gastritis as well.
MANUKA HONEY BENEFICIAL FOR SKIN AS WELL
Although there are no clinical evidences to support the use of manuka honey in skin related disorder, but I am sure you want a solution to the irritating and embarrassing problems like acne and eczema and are least interested in clinical trials. Taking into account its proven antimicrobial and healing properties, it makes every bit of sense to assume that honey can help with these skin conditions. Acne and eczema are the two conditions that are impossible to treat with the help of medicinal cure and artificial beauty products. Still cosmetics selling under the claim of treating acne and eczema is a million dollar industry. It is unfortunate that we find these expensive products worth trusting and do not have interest in looking for the cure in natural remedies.
COMMON COLD, COUGH, FLU AND MANUKA HONEY
Common cold and flu are viral infections that can be caused by more than one virus. The symptoms are almost same regardless of which virus has managed to enter your body and is bothering you with the infection. The universal symptoms of common cold and flu are headache, runny nose, cough, high fever, itchy eyes, sore throat and body aches. Your body can be relieved greatly if you know the benefits of manuka honey in these types of infections. These two diseases are seasonal and during the flu season if you rely on regular intake of manuka honey, you have very low chances of getting it at first place. And if at all you catch the infections, manuka honey will act as symptom reliever while making sure your body is healed fast. Talking about common cold and leaving the word cough is not justice with the patients. We all know and have sometime used normal honey to clear up the cough from the blocked chest and nose, but only a few know the difference between normal and manuka honey. Manuka honey is even more effective because of its higher antimicrobial action, thanks to the presence of MGO and other bioactive compounds besides the hydrogen peroxide found in other honeys.
BENEFITS OF MANUKA HONEY IN SCALP AND HAIR ISSUES
Dandruff is a very common scalp problem which all of us have experienced once in our lifetime. Dandruff may be a result of excess dry scalp or can even be caused due to eczema, psoriasis, or bacterial growth.
Whatever is the reason, it is sometimes very annoying and embarrassing to see the small white flakes on your shoulders. You can get rid of dandruff for once and for all with the help of benefits of manuka honey. Other than this it gives shine to your hair and makes them thick and beautiful.
SINUSITIS AND ALLERGIES WITH MANUKA HONEY
Not only our cloths changes with seasons but our body also transit from one kind of environment to other. The onset of new season often brings with it some new problems. These health problems also rotate with the rotation of weathers throughout the year. Consuming manuka honey, from the place you live make you resistant to certain type of allergies in you environment. Many people have reported this as a successful method of raising the capacity of our body to resist allergic reactions. It is supposed to work because the gradual intake of local pollen will help build up your immunity before the symptoms start, thereby providing relief when the season actually hits.
Take one tablespoon of raw, unprocessed local honey daily before you go to sleep. The process is gradual but you do see results. Not only the drugs unnecessarily introduce side effects into your body, but they also are a sudden burden on your pockets. It is not possible to stop the pollen flowing in the air, but it is really easy to stop the amount we spend on medicines often by raising immunity with the benefits of manuka honey. Many researches have indicated that allergies occur as a result of imbalance in the immune system. This imbalance forces the body to react to stimuli very strongly thus causing allergy. If you feel that you are more susceptible to allergy than others, have manuka honey that is makes you immune to all types of such reactions.
With so many benefits on its way I am sure manuka honey has find its slot in your kitchen. But choose it wisely and for the best quality to avail maximum benefits.