Manuka honey has developed a name for itself in the world of modern medicine for its amazing therapeutic uses. It’s antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antimicrobial qualities make it the one stop shop for nearly all heath concerns.
Some of these qualities can be traced back to the compound found in Manuka honey known as Methylglyoxal, or MGO. The discovery of MGO within Manuka honey was a breakthrough for the industry. It now serves as an excellent grading tool and allows consumers to determine what Manuka honey its most suitable to their needs. The high sugar content and low pH in Manuka honey works to inhibit microbial growth, making it perfect for open cuts, wounds and acne. Manuka honey also contains prebiotics, which help to feed the good bacteria in the gut, soothing digestive discomfort and bloating.
Regular or commercial honey, found in your supermarket, contains some of the same benefits as Manuka honey, however after filtration and heat processing most of these benefits are significantly reduced. Some of the nutrients that are removed during this process include vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes, all vital therapeutic qualities. This accounts for the lower price point. Despite this honey still possessing some benefits after heating, the health benefits are not nearly at the level found in Manuka honey.
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