There are many various health benefits of Manuka honey, below are some of the most common uses of Manuka Honey for medicinal purposes, and also how Manuka Honey works for each of these conditions. Please see our research page demonstrating the health benefits in scientific research and studies of Manuka Honey.
Manuka Honey for Reducing Acne
Manuka honey can fight bacteria on your skin, which can speed up the process of healing from acne. Manuka honey’s anti-inflammatory qualities may also help with the inflammation caused by acne.
Manuka Honey for Combating Superbugs
Manuka honey has been shown to successfully combat antibiotic-resistant strains such as MRSA. Studies also show that bacteria cannot develop a resistance to the antibacterial effects of Manuka Honey, which inhibits bacterial infections in a way unlike any other antimicrobial.
Manuka Honey for Improving Oral Health
Manuka honey has been shown to attack the harmful oral bacteria that causes plaque formation, damages gums and teeth, and leads to periodontal disease. The honey is particularly effective at attacking harmful bacteria known as P. gingivalis and A. actinomycetemcomitans. While too much refined sugar will lead to cavities, manuka honey has not been found to be harmful to oral health.
Manuka Honey for Soothing Sore Throats
Manuka honey’s antimicrobial effects reduce inflammation and inhibit the bacteria that cause sore throats and coats the lining of the throat for a soothing effect. Studies have shown that manuka honey attacks a variety of bacteria that cause inflammation of the throat, such as Streptococcus mutans.
Manuka Honey for Treating Wounds and Burns
Manuka honey is a US FDA approved treatment for wounds. It has an antibacterial effect and provides a barrier to prevent infection, while also keeping the wound moist. Studies show that manuka honey reduces healing time, pain and scarring in patients suffering from wounds and burns. Manuka honey has even been shown to aid in the healing of diabetic ulcers, when used in combination with conventional treatment.
Manuka Honey for Improving Gastric Health
Manuka honey may be an effective treatment for stomach ulcers, which cause pain, nausea, and bloating. While more research is still needed in this area, some studies have had positive results and suggest that manuka honey is a useful agent to combat growth of H. pylori which causes these ulcers. Initial findings also show that manuka honey may be effective in preventing ulcers caused by excessive alcohol consumption.
Manuka honey may also be an effective treatment for irritable bowel syndrome, which causes constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and irregular bowel movements. Manuka honey has the effect of reducing inflammation, therefore alleviating some of these symptoms. Manuka honey also kills C. diff which is a type of bacteria that inflames the bowel and causes diarrhea.
Manuka Honey for Treating Respiratory Infections
Manuka honey has been shown to kill Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Burkholderia spp cells, which are behind serious upper respiratory infections. These infections are particularly serious in vulnerable patients, and manuka honey has been shown to be effective against these bacteria in people with cystic fibrosis.
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Manuka Honey for Acid Reflux
Manuka Honey helps with reflux symptoms by ‘coating the stomach and oesophagus and healing the damages in the tissue and lining provoked by acid reflux’.
Manuka Honey’s Antiviral Properties
Manuka honey has the power to kill germs because of the hydrogen peroxide produced with the help of a bee enzyme and the MGO substance. This substance helps to heal both minor and chronic wounds. The U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved bandages infused with Manuka honey for both over-the-counter and prescription sales.
Manuka Honey’s Antibacterial Properties
Manuka honey has been shown to kill bacteria, as many species of bacteria are susceptible to Manuka honey, including Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus. Manuka also appears to be effective against Clostridium difficile, a difficult to treat organism often spread in healthcare settings. Currently there has been no microbial resistance found to Manuka honey. For this reason Manuka Honey may be successful in fighting infections, especially against resistant organisms and long-lasting wound infections that do not heal with regular antibiotic therapy.
Manuka Honey for Allergies
Methylglyoxal – the active ingredient of Manuka Honey , has been shown to be effective for treatments against nasal mucus, one of the common symptoms of many allergies.