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Manuka honey has both anti-fungal and antibacterial qualities that have been proven to heal the body of skin ailments, digestive issues and infection. Also identified as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.This hub will highlight the various health benefits of Manuka honey as well as describe its origin. Its use as a food item is further enhanced by promising studies in its health benefits. Of course, due diligence and awareness of continued studies is encouraged.

Other than a tasty and sweet topping, here are some of the issues users are addressing with the topical and oral use of Manuka honey –

Manuka Honey Benefits
Manuka Honey Benefits

Manuka Honey Benefits and Uses

Anti Fungal and antibacterial Properties

Manuka honey has both anti-fungal and antibacterial qualities that have been proven to heal the body of skin ailments, digestive issues and infection. In addition, it has also been identified as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.

Fungal Infection
Fungal Infection

Acid Reflux Properties of manuka honey
Try a spoonful of Manuka honey on bread or toast as a healthy snack. Keeps acid reflux symptoms tamed too. Manuka Honey for Acid Reflux Acid reflux is caused when stomach acids move backward into the esophagus. This is usually caused by a weakness of the lower esphogeal sphincter. When the muscle becomes too weak or does not function properly, stomach acids flow back up into the esophagus, throat and sometimes the mouth. The result is a painful burning sensation in the chest, commonly known as heartburn. Some patients diagnosed with acid reflux may even feel a burning and sour taste in the back of the throat.

Useful in ulcer and digestive problems

About 50 percent of the world’s population may be infected with H. pylori (Helicobacter pylori bacteria), which is known to cause ulcers and various digestive problems.Continued studies are needed to prove Makuka honey can deter some ulcer-causing bacteria. However, it is not uncommon for Manuka honey to be used as a home remedy for various digestive problems. Research has demonstrated that manuka honey may be effective in treating some digestive infections caused by the Helicobacter pylori bacteria. H. pylori infection is the cause of peptic and gastric ulcers. According to the Linus Pauling Institute, studies have shown that Manuka honey is able to prevent the bacteria from thriving in the gastrointestinal tract.

Ulcer
Ulcer

Manuka Honey Benefits In Cancer care

Manuka Honey and Cancer More research is still needed in the areas of Manuka honey and its effect on existing cancer cells. Antioxidants are highly beneficial and help armor the body against various cancers; making Manuka honey a nutritious addition for cancer prevention.
Disclaimer – Cancer is a very serious condition that is life threatening and should not be self-treated without the appropriate supervision of a doctor.

Wound healing Properties
New Zealand active Manuka Honey is well-known for it’s antibacterial properties and is ideal for the natural wound healing. Manuka honey has a high hydrogen peroxide content. Due to its hydrogen peroxide content, acidity and osmolarity its chemical makeup encourages wounds to heal. Studies are still being conducted in this area, but look very promoising.Professor Peter Molan, a pioneering biochemist and expert on natural honey wound care explains the benefits of using medical grade Manuka honey for wound management.
Manuka honey has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, it can reduce symptoms of eczema.Source: missolive.hubpages.com Manuka Honey is an anti-inflammatory and may aid in treating eczemaAnti-inflammatory Manuka honey has been shown to reduce inflammatory responses in the skin. Therefore, calming the skin of the uncomfortable effects of inflammation. Manuka honey stimulates the release of cytokines. Cytokines modulate the body’s immune response and not only help with wound healing, but may also improve the negative effects of scarring.

Manuka Honey Benefits in Eczema
Eczema is a common skin disorder causing itching, dryness, redness and scaly skin. The itching can result in excessive scratching, resulting in broken, inflamed skin. Manuka honey is a natural moisturizer. In addition, Manuka honey has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, which may reduce the bothersome symptoms and effects of eczema.

Eczema
Eczema

Studies on Manuka Honey Benefits

“The antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, as well as nutritional and physical properties of honey, make it a logical and accepted natural agent for wound dressing.” Honey for Wound Healing, Ulcers, and Burns; Data Supporting Its Use in Clinical Practice, The Scientific World Journal (2011)
Manuka Honey and MRSATreating Infections Similar to its use in healing wounds, manuka honey’s antibacterial and antimicrobial properties may make it effective in treating bacterial and fungal infections. In particular, studies have demonstrated that it may be effective against MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). Infections such as MRSA can be deadly, but studies have found that Manuka honey lowers the production of the MRSA bacteria.

Manuka Honey: A SuperfoodRelated Research and Clinical Studies of Manuka HoneyCooper, R.A., Lindsay, E. & Molan, P.C. (2011). Testing the susceptibility to manuka honey of streptococci isolated from wound swabs. Journal of ApiProduct. Manuka honey has been shown to inhibit many of the bacteria commonly associated with wounds, such as staphylococci, pseudomonads, coliforms and anaerobes.