“It’s been coined the ultimate superfood. Keep scrolling for all the many Manuka honey benefits for tip-top health and beauty

Manuka honey benefits for health and beauty have been celebrated for centuries. It was first used by the Maori community in New Zealand in the early 1900’s because of its incredible anti-bacterial and healing properties (rumour has it it can be used as an effective hay fever remedy).

What is Manuka honey?

Produced by the bees that pollinate the Manuka bush in New Zealand, Manuka honey is widely regarded as one of the most unique and beneficial forms of honey in the world. There are many Manuka honey benefits, but it’s mainly loved for its antibacterial properties, said to heal sore throats, mend digestive problems, cure infections and aid gingivitis (more on this later).

Studies have found that, even though it’s not a raw honey – the type typically associated with health benefits – there are many proven Manuka honey benefits. However, it does come at a hefty price; most Manuka honeys costing anything from £35 to a whopping £2,150 (yes, really). So are there downsides to using the stuff?

What is UMF Manuka honey?

As you may have guessed, it’s a specialist type of Manuka honey. According to the experts, to really see and feel the Manuka honey benefits, you need to buy the proper stuff (sadly, not all honey is created equal). So, before you splash the cash, make sure that you’re getting the real deal. Proper Manuka honey comes from New Zealand, and will have a UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) rating of 10+ or more on its label. Cheaper imitations are likely to be less effective.

For your reference:

  • The UMF number refers to the level of anti-bacterial property in the honey at the time of packaging.
  • Manuka honey with a UMF of less than 10 has a low level of activity and may not be effective for some medical conditions.
  • The ideal potency is generally considered to be between UMF 10 and 18.
  • Don’t go OTT: some have reported sensitivity to Manuka honey above UMF 20 because of its strength.”

I have used Manuka Honey from New Zealand when I had an upset stomach or needed an energy boost. Let me tell you, it works. I would take anywhere from 1 to 2 teaspoons (always use a plastic or wooden spoon) and within a few hours I feel much better. The Manuka Honey I buy (picture above) is from a natural food chain called Trader Joe’s (In The United States). It’s their in-house brand with a UMF 10+ and it cost around $14.00 to $15.00. Trader Joe’s Manuka Honey comes from New Zealand and I have to say it just works. Maybe every household needs at least one jar of Manuka Honey on hand to treat a wide variety of sickness that may pop up.

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