Manuka – New Zealand pure honey
Manuka honey, or liquid gold as it’s fast becoming known, is a growing industry. It is honey produced from mānuka (Leptospermum scoparium) bushes, growing in New Zealand.
New Zealand pure honey reached a record $315 million for the year ended 2016, up 35% on the previous year. Target is $1.2 billion annually by 2028.
Properties with manuka stands in New Zealand are getting harder to find and more farmers are considering planting manuka specifically for honey production. But, they may carry 100% of the risk, including years when the manuka may not flower.
Is manuka honey worth money?
The antibacterial quality of honey when used topically is well-known. But, antibacterial quality of honey depends on the type of honey as well as when and how it’s harvested. Some kinds of honey may be 100 times more potent than others.
The main medical use for medical mānuka honey is for treating wound infections and could even help reverse bacterial resistance to antibiotics, according to new research. That is possible due to its naturally occurring methylglyoxal (MG). The higher the concentration of MG, the stronger is the antibiotic effect.
The best of manuka honey
The quality of Manuka honey, including the MGO content, varies so dramatically from brand to brand, that sometimes consumers are not getting what they think they’re paying for.
That’s why honey producers have developed a scale for rating the potency of manuka honey. The rating is called UMF, which stands for Unique Manuka Factor. Manuka honey needs a minimum rating of 10 UMF. Therapeutic abilities start with 5+ either UMF or Bio Active. The advantage of higher grades is that less honey can be used for the same results for everyday conditions. For extreme conditions, a 10+ UMF or higher is recommended.
Manuka honey earned its ‘superfood’ status, meaning honey brands are selling jars for a range of prices in the region of $10 to as high as $90.
Manuka Honey is widely believed to treat minor wounds and burns, and some studies have shown it may help:
- Reduce systemic inflammation
- Reduce ear, eye and sinus infection symptoms
- Reduce gastrointestinal problems
- Lower Cholesterol
- Treat Diabetes
- Antiseptic – great for acne skin
Elizabeth Jagger applies it as a lip balm to protect her gums from germs and Welsh ser Katherine Jenkins, dissolves it in hot water to help her sing. Actress Scarlett Johansson uses it as a face mask to soften her skin and ‘pull away’ any impurities.
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