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What is manuka honey and why is it so good for you?
What is manuka honey and why is it so good for you?

Manuka honey straight from New Zealand has many health benefits - it is said to have antibacterial properties and effects and even to help heal wounds and infections … we took a closer look!

What is manuka honey and why is it so good for you?
What is manuka honey and why is it so good for you?

Healthy foodies are head over heels in love with Manuka honey, a type of honey that originated in New Zealand. Pronounced "Mah-Nuhka", named after the manuka bush from which bees collect nectar and pollen. These bees in turn produce the Manuka honey.

Honey is widely praised for its antibacterial properties. However, Manuka Honey is considered an even stronger infection fighter, and some studies suggest that Manuka Honey's benefits extend to treating skin problems and complications due to diabetes as well. We took a closer look at honey and wondered if Manuka honey could be the new superfood!

What is manuka honey?

Every honey has some antibiotic properties. With the honey we know, hydrogen peroxide offers this advantage, while with Manuka honey it is the so-called UMF, which is an antibiotic. UMF stands for Unique Manuka Factor, a rating system that uses a scale from 5 to 20 to measure each batch of honey for its antibacterial strength.

What Makes Manuka Honey So Powerful?

The UMF is determined by the content of three compounds that occur naturally in Manuka honey. (The UMF Honey Association monitors this classification by the way.) Leptisperin is a nectar from the Manuka bush, DHA is a type of omega-3 fatty acid, and methylglyoxal is an antibacterial ingredient.

The higher the UMF number, the stronger the antibacterial properties of the Manuka honey. This means it can be used to treat wounds, cuts, burns and even bedsores. Manuka honeys that have UMF levels of 12 or higher are actually classified as medicinal and can be added to wound dressings to treat wounds.

MGO and UMF?

In some Manuka varieties, however, methylglyoxal is also measured in the already mentioned. The Manuka is also available here in different strengths: MGO 100, MGO 250, MGO 400 and MGO 550. The higher the MGO content, the higher the price for 100 grams of honey, of course.

You can buy medicinal Manuka honey here:

This manuka is perfect for sweetening tea … and a little cheaper:

The effects of Manuka honey

Why Manuka Honey has such a good reputation for healing wounds and fighting off infection? Honey has a very low moisture content. If you smear it on a wound, all of the liquid in the wound will be drawn into the honey because it can absorb the moisture. By "sucking off" all impurities, the honey protects the body from infections. Medical-grade manuka can also restore the skin's natural pH and remove dead tissue when applied topically. Manuka honey is even used in medical facilities - especially for acute burns, diabetic ulcers and arterial ulcers. Especially with wounds, honey prevents infections and accelerates healing!

Does Manuka Honey have any side effects?

Although most of the studies supporting the use of Manuka honey have been done on animals rather than humans, research has shown its safety and effectiveness when compared to a placebo. The biggest risk is simply checking the source of the manuka honey, experts say. Clearly, quality and purity are incredibly important when we talk about food-based therapies. So pay attention to where the honey comes from. In addition, anyone who is allergic to bees should only use Manuka honey with caution and if you have heart problems you should speak to your doctor beforehand. Otherwise the honey is a win / win situation with few side effects.

(Beauty) products with Manuka honey are available here:

What is the best way to consume Manuka?

Manuka honey and regular honey have roughly the same sugar content, although some reports suggest that manuka honey may have a slightly lower glycemic index. Overall, however, Manuka can be consumed like conventional honey: for sweetening tea, spreading on toast, drizzling on desserts and much more. One difference, however, is in its texture. Unlike standard honey that can be found on supermarket shelves, Manuka honey is not liquid at room temperature. Rather, it is a spreadable, thick consistency.


The fun is not cheap, but you should really only smear the medicinal Manuka honey on wounds or treat yourself to a teaspoon if you have a sore throat or a cold. So you can get by for a long time with one glass. A manuka with a lower strength, which you can find for as little as 25 euros, is also sufficient for daily use. We have linked it for you above. Otherwise you can also find it in health food stores or well-stocked drug stores!

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