What is New Zealand Manuka Honey?
New Zealand Manuka honey is produced when bees pollinate the Manuka bush (AKA the New Zealand tee tree or Leptospermum scoparium).
The Manuka tree is found throughout New Zealand and Manuka honey has been globally recognised for as one of nature’s superfoods thanks to its antibacterial properties and unique chemical composition.
One of Manuka honey’s secret ingredients is methylglyoxal (MG) which naturally occurs in high-quality NZ Manuka honey and is what makes Manuka so highly regarded. For the best Manuka honey always choose UMF® labelled Manuka honey to ensure you are getting the best possible product.
What is UMF® Manuka Honey?
Methylglyoxal (MGO) is one of Manuka honey’s secret ingredients and is the reason why New Zealand Manuka honey is seen as a healthy super food. Although its scientific name may make it sound like it is a man-made creation — methylglyoxal occurs naturally and is found in high-quality UMF® Manuka honey.
UMF® is a grading system that measure the level of methylglyoxal present in honey. The UMF® logo found on selected Manuka honey products (such as Mossop’s UMF® Manuka range) is a quality trademark and a sign of higher-grade honey.
It is important to note that not all Manuka honey is made equally — certain Manuka honey ranges may not meet the UMF® threshold and are considered to be of a lower grade. Always look for the UMF® logo for the best Manuka honey.
What Makes NZ Manuka Honey So Good for Your Health?
1. NZ Manuka Honey Can Help to Improves Sleep
A study by the National Centre for Biotechnology Information in 2017 suggested that Manuka honey can help to promote a deep and restful slumber by slowly releasing glycogen which is needed for essential bodily functions during sleep.
Sleep is pivotal to our health and wellbeing and there are a host of disorders that are associated with poor or constantly interrupted sleep such as heart disease, type II diabetes and stroke.
Manuka honey consumed before bedtime can help the body to release melatonin into the brain which is necessary for a deep sleep and helps to reduce the risk of more serious sleep-related health issues.
2. NZ Manuka Honey Can Compliment IBS Treatment
In 2008 Manuka Honey was shown to complement IBS treatments. The Chandigarh Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research found that Manuka Honey could help to reduce colonic inflammation and could help to restore lipid peroxidation.
3. NZ Manuka Honey & Acid Reflux
Due to its natural antibiotic qualities, Manuka honey can support the treatment of certain bacteria-related ailments such as acid reflux, low stomach acid and SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) and promoting a good digestive balance.
If you are searching for a natural product to balance your digestive system, high-quality Manuka honey may well be the answer.
4. NZ Manuka Honey & MRSA
Cardiff Metropolitan University researchers found that high-grade UMF® Manuka honey could potentially support treatments for the superbug MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus).
The researchers discovered that Manuka Honey “down-regulates genes of the MRSA bacteria”. Regular topical applications of UMF® Manuka honey on cuts and infections may help to keep MRSA at bay, naturally.
5. NZ Manuka Honey — Burns, Wounds & Ulcers
According to published research by the National Centre for Biotechnology Information “The use of honey (can) lead to improved wound healing in acute cases, pain relief in burn patients and help decrease the inflammatory response in such patients.”
Because of its rich antioxidant and antibacterial properties, Manuka honey can help to prevent certain infections and ulcers and is can be effective in promoting wound-healing times.