Natural honey, consisting mostly of sugar, has properties that make it a superior sweetener compared with regular sugar. In addition, scientific research points to a particular type of honey called Manuka, which has exceptional anti-microbial properties that set it apart from other honeys, including raw honey.
Manuka trees in New Zealand. Manuka honey is a monofloral honey produced from the nectar of the Manuka tree.
Honey Benefits and Uses
Besides its sweetness, honey contains beneficial plant constituents called flavonoids and other compounds that benefit health. In practical use, it is a healthy replacement of nutrient hollow table sugars to sweeten food, and has been reported to be used for medicinal purposes like wound healing, bacterial infections, colds and gastrointestinal problems; with the flavonoid compound in manuka honey imparting anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties in laboratory studies.
Both raw and processed honey exhibit anti-microbial activity, according to a study published in the July 2012 issue of the journal "Frontiers in Microbiology." However, when researchers tested the anti-bacterial effectiveness of raw and processed honey to assess if there was a difference in effectiveness, the study found that processed honey was significantly impaired in efficacy while raw honey retained its efficacy against a range of bacteria that cause infections.
In a study published in the April 2008 issue of the journal "Molecular Nutrition and Food Research," manuka honey was found to contain significantly stronger anti-microbial activity than other types of honey. Researchers concluded that the enzyme methylglyoxal is responsible for manuka honey's exceptional anti-microbial characteristics. Manuka honey contains up to 100 times more methylglyoxal than most honeys, according to the research.
If you're looking to add honey to your diet, there are many honeys to choose from. Because raw honey is never subjected to high temperatures during production, it retains more nutrients than processed honey.
All our Manuka honeys are raw, selected for its superior quality, and sold with certification of its methylglyoxal and Unique Manuka Factor UMF®. Now you can buy with trust; each jar of our Manuka honey is identified and traceable to its test and certification.