Interesting facts about the healthiest honey from Manuka

Honey from Manuka or Manuka honey is not just an exclusive visiting card of New Zealand, but also the most useful honey on earth, which is why the popular name - Tsar-honey - has become stronger behind it.

Manuka honey is harvested from the flowers of the wild Manuka tea bush, whose medicinal properties were used by the ancient Maori tribes. Translated from Maori, manuka means good mood, cheerfulness, enthusiasm.

Despite the fact that even the first colonists of New Zealand noticed that the local population successfully uses manuka for various burns, cuts and dermatitis, scientific research on the antibacterial properties of manuka honey began only 30 years ago, and as a result, the incredible ability of honey to purposefully destroy bacteria like a super drug was discovered. Staphylococcus aureus, which are very dangerous due to their high resistance to various types of antibiotics. In addition, the anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiviral, antioxidant, antiseptic and anti-fungal properties of manuka honey have been established.

This unique ability of manuka honey is due to the presence in it of a special substance of natural origin called methylglyoxal or MGO, which ranges in it from 100 to 1000 mg / kg and makes it an extremely powerful drug. For example, other types of honey contain between 0 and 10 mg / kg MGO.

The higher the concentration of methylglyoxal, the stronger the antibacterial qualities of Manuka honey and the higher the benefits of Manuka Honey. The mechanism of action of MGO honey on Staphylococcus aureus can be seen on the example of a single human cell. If Staphylococcus aureus enters the cell, then it begins to feed on its nutrients, multiplies and begins to eat the nutrients of the neighbor's cell. Methylglyoxal or MGO of honey penetrates into the affected cell and evaporates all moisture from this cell, depriving the harmful staphylococcus of the nutrient medium, which causes it to die, and the cell restores water balance and recovers.

Thus, the healing power of manuka honey is measured in MGO, however, not every manuka honey has the same amount of methylglyoxal. Depending on the content of this substance in honey, it is distinguished by the degree of activity or by the UMF (unique manuka factor), which determines the MGO content in milligrams per kilogram of honey. Honey has healing properties with some (MGO 100+, 10+), high (MGO 250+, UMF 15+), higher (MGO 400+, UMF 20+) and superactive (MGO 550+, UMF 25+) activity indicators.

Manuka honey with a score of 30+ MGO or 5+ UMF is considered normal edible honey with zero bactericidal effect. Manuka honey with the highest activity index MGO 400+, UMF 20+ can be used to treat rhinitis and sore throat, stomach ulcers, dermatitis, burns, wounds, rashes, acne, pressure sores, furunculosis, trophic ulcers and even hangover syndrome. Super active honey with indicators MG 550+, UMF25 + is suitable for the treatment of infected wounds. For internal consumption, manuka honey is also suitable, but in this case, the individual reaction must be taken into account. In both cases, a consultation with a doctor should be done in advance.