For those who do not know, Manuka honey is a special kind of honey. While there are tons of fakes on the market, once you find it, you will be glad you did.
Manuka honey’s benefits have been well documented throughout the years and it has proven to be quite effective for a number of things. It has intense antibacterial properties and tastes fantastic as well. Manuka honey is found in New Zealand and Australia. It is derived from bees that feed on the manuka bush.
Research from around 2008 found that its healing properties were due to something known as methylglyoxal (MGO) which is a byproduct of the bee’s honey production in itself. To make this even better they also noted some Manuka honey actually contains over one hundred times more MGO than other kinds of honey.
Researchers published a body of work back in 2010 that proved further how beneficial this amazing honey could be when they actually put it to the test. This study was published in the European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases and found that the honey itself was able to kill every pathogen or bacteria they introduced it to/tested it on. Also important to note is that none of these pathogens or diseases were able to build up immunity which is something we are battling with antibiotics in current times.
The abstract for this study goes as follows:
Clinical use of honey in the topical treatment of wounds has increased in Europe and North America since licensed wound care products became available in 2004 and 2007, respectively. Honey-resistant bacteria have not been isolated from wounds, but there is a need to investigate whether honey has the potential to select for honey resistance. Two cultures of bacteria from reference collections (Staphylococcus aureus NCTC 10017 and Pseudomonas aeruginosa ATCC 27853) and four cultures isolated from wounds (Escherichia coli, methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA), Pseudomonas aeruginosa and S. epidermidis) were exposed to sub-lethal concentrations of manuka honey in continuous and stepwise training experiments to determine whether the susceptibility to honey diminished. Reduced susceptibilities to manuka honey in the test organisms during long-term stepwise resistance training were found, but these changes were not permanent and honey-resistant mutants were not detected. The risk of bacteria acquiring resistance to honey will be low if high concentrations are maintained clinically.
While more research does need to be done on this it does seem in the future Manuka honey could hold the key to something amazing. While we do not yet know if Manuka honey will be able to surpass antibiotics but after reading these results it sure does seem promising especially when it comes to those pesky antibiotic-resistant superbugs. What do you think about all of this?
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