So the question for today is this . . . What is "Manuka honey" and why is it so importance to optimal health and "weight loss"???
Well . . . I've spoken about this many times before in previous Health tips . . . and if we're talking about "losing" weight . . . this is a topic that needs to be repeated.
"Manuka honey" is made in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the native "leptospermum scoparium" bush. It comes from the "Manuka" flower, a scarce and natural resource found only in New Zealand.
It's an antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. And has traditionally been used for wound healing, soothing sore throats, preventing tooth decay, boosts the immune system and improving digestive issues.
"Manuka honey" isn't a raw honey . . . but rather a "specialized" honey because it's antibacterial and bacterial resistant. Meaning . . . bacteria shouldn't be able to build up a tolerance to its antibacterial effects.
So why is this honey different from other honeys you ask???
Well . . . let's break it down.
There are 3 categories in the honey world.
Honey that's been processed
And Characterized Honey
Now . . . all honey contains "hydrogen peroxide", which is what gives it its antibacterial properties . . .
But . . . when honey is processed (that's anything BUT local or characterized) . . . it loses a lot of the potency of the "hydrogen peroxide". Therefore . . . you're just basically consuming SUGAR!
Now . . . local honey is the next best thing because it "wasn't" processed as manufactured honey is and it has retained its "hydrogen peroxide."
But . . . the best honey to consume is a "characterized" honey such as "Manuka".
Why you ask???
Well . . . "Manuka" honey has an "added" antibacterial component called "Methylglyoxal" which other honeys don't have. And they get this component from the "specific" Manuka flower.
So in other words . . . "Manuka honey" has a double whammy of antibacterial properties to fight and kill bacteria.
And due to this added "Methylglyoxal" . . . it can kill the "bad" bacteria in our body that causes inflammation, diabetes, weight issues, craving and cancer. And . . . "Manuka honey" draws water out of the "bad" bacteria's cells to help keep them from multiplying.
Now another plus . . . "Manuka honey" is high in "acidic" value. Meaning . . . in order for our stomach to digest food properly and to kill bacteria . . . which by the way is the reason we have "acid reflux" . . . the stomach "must" be in its optimal neutral range of between 1.3 - 4.3 on the pH scale and "Manuka honey" has a pH level between 3.2 - 4.5. So this again is just another reason this honey is so good for digestion, weight loss and optimal health.
So what else can "Manuka honey" do for us???
Well . . . it can improve antioxidant status and reduce inflammation for IBS, ulcerative colitis and C. diff.
It can also improve liver health and reduce the risk of liver diseases. promote better blood sugar control which helps those in danger of fatty liver disease, helps with acid reflux due to coating the lining of the stomach and esophagus which helps to repair the tissue.
And because it serves as an alternative to refined sugars . . . it can reduce weight, cholesterol, diabetes and fat.
"Manuka honey" has even been reported to help heal bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus and H. pylori. Which can help to heal stomach ulcers, bloating and stomach discomfort.
Research states that this "miracle" honey can treat beta cells of the pancreas, which are responsible for producing "insulin", therefore treating type 2 diabetes
It can kill the bacteria in the mouth that can help to prevent tooth decay and bad breath.
Why??? Because this honey DOES NOT interfere with our "good" bacteria. And in fact . . . it actually improves the growth of our "good" bacteria.
So how do we know what one is best???
Well . . . you have to look at the MGO grade of the product and make sure it's not an imitation from another country. So if you're in need of a compliant "Manuka honey" click here to order yours today.
So if you're in need of a little sweet treat . . . make it "manuka honey"!
And as always . . . due to honey being a possible allergen to some people . . . please consult your own healthcare provider before using it.
As always, feel free to contact me here.