The health benefits of raw, unprocessed honey are well known, but in Australia, scientists recently made a startling discovery – that one particular, obscure type of honey is capable of killing just about everything scientists throw at it, including some of the worst bacteria known to man.
The findings were published in the European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (June 2009 edition), and could hold special significance at a time when many of the world’s top antibiotics are failing, especially against resistant “superbugs.”
The honey in question is known as manuka honey, which is produced in New Zealand and also goes by the name of jelly bush honey. The producers of manuka demanded trademark protection, just like the French champagne or Scottish whiskey. So, it is not surprising why the health benefits of manuka honey were not so familiar all this time.
Bees foraging on the nectar of Leptospermum Scoparium, the New Zealand manuka bush, as well as tea trees native only to Australia and New Zealand Manukacreate this honey.
Manuka honey managed to kill every bacteria or pathogen it was tested on in the studies. You can either take it internally or apply it topically to help you fight insect bites, infections on the skin and cuts.
According to this research, none of the superbugs manuka honey killed were able to build up immunity, and that’s the most common problem with most of today`s antibiotics.
Dr. Dee Carter of the University of Sydney’s School of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences says, “New antibiotics tend to have short shelf lives, as the bacteria they attack quickly become resistant. Many large pharmaceutical companies have abandoned antibiotic production because of the difficulty of recovering costs. Developing effective alternatives could, therefore, save many lives.”
According to Dr. Carter, methylglyoxal, found in manuka honey,makes it very effective at destroying the bacteria. It combines with other unknown compounds and causes “multi-system failure.”
Manuka honey is now sold in health food stores and online, although the supply levels have fluctuated in recent years and fake honey scams have been documented. When looking for manuka honey it is best to look for one that is UMF certified.
The term UMF stands for Unique Manuka Factor, which is the phytochemical property derived from the manuka bushes that gives it its unique properties. This term is regulated by the Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association of New Zealand and a handful of certified manuka products can be found on Amazon.com.
The brand Comvita manuka honey is available on Amazon and is UMF certified. One particular customer on Amazon said that it this type of honey helped to erase their MRSA:
“I had done a fair amount of research when a friend of ours got MRSA, and then, unfortunately, I got it too., said user JoshuaOne9 on Amazon. Thankfully, I had already done the research so I knew exactly what to do. As soon as I saw the red bump (thinking the first day that it was a mosquito bite) I scratched it, but the second day I realized that it had to be something else. My husband immediately knew what it was since we had been dealing with our friend’s case of MRSA. I got my hands on this Manuka honey and put on the area of skin that was affected and then it is very important that you cover it with a bandaid. Within hours, I felt relief and within a few days, it was completely gone…”
When it comes to one of the most common health problems faced by the people, we can certainly say that manuka honey provides a lot of benefits, even though further research need to be done.