This Type of Honey is Killing Every Kind of Bacteria Scientists Throw At It (Even the Super-Bugs!)
Apart from being a super-delicious natural sweetener, honey is known to provide plenty of healthy benefits. It is packed with nutrients, including fructose, glucose, niacin, thiamine, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, vitamin B6, etc. Honey is also loaded with minerals such as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, and zinc.
However, honey contains extremely potent antioxidant, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. On the other hand, it does not contain any cholesterol and fat. Honey usually consists of 80% carbohydrates, 18% water, and 2% vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
The most commonly used type of honey for medical purposes is raw, i.e. unprocessed honey. However, there is one even better type of honey called manuka honey, also known as jelly bush honey, which can kill even the most hazardous bacteria, such as MRSA.
The manuka honey originates from New Zealand and it is made by bees that feed on the Leptospermum Scoparium nectar, called manuka bush. This honey is very beneficial for killing any bacteria or pathogen and it can be applied topically to the skin or taken internally.
What is more important, manuka honey contains a higher level of enzymes if compared to the common honey. Natural hydrogen peroxide, which is a potent antibacterial agent, is created by these enzymes.
Furthermore, this honey also abounds in methylglyoxal and dihydroxyacetone, which are regarded as the Unique Manuka Factor(UMF), which stands for the standard used globally for identifying the unique antibacterial properties of manuka honey and its medicinal quality.
How to Verify Genuine Manuka Honey
You have to be really careful when buying manuka honey because there is fake manuka honey on the market. In order to be sure that you buy and consume genuine manuka honey, you should look for a UMF certified honey.
The minimum rating of the UMF is UMF 5, however, it is not beneficial except if it is UMF 10+. A good quality manuka honey is the one that is between UMF 10 and UMF 15, and if it’s above UMF 16 it is regarded as a superior quality.
Here’s how you can verify if you are buying genuine manuka honey.
Just look for the following four signs:
- UMF trademark labeled on the front of the jar/container
- Labeled from a New Zealand UMF licensed company
- UMF company’s name and license number stated on the label
- Stated UMF rating number between 5 and 16+
In addition, here is how different UMF ratings are useful and which manuka honey to use for different purposes:
- 0-4 UMF – non-medical purpose;
- 5-9 UMF – promotes general health;
- 10-14 UMF – stimulates healing and controls bacteria;
- 15+ UMF – extremely therapeutic, if only 1 tablespoon is consumed daily, and nothing more than that amount.