Manuka Honey Benefits and Uses
We like to think of our Manuka honey as Honey with Superpowers™. Few can say their daily indulgence has a prominent naturally occurring organic compound with antibacterial properties.
As Manuka honey becomes progressively well mentioned, you may wonder if this New Zealand-derived honey is as amazing as your peers have told you. We’re here to talk about all the monumental health benefits of Manuka honey.
What Is Manuka Honey?
Manuka honey is derived from the Manuka tree, native to New Zealand. Many testimonials claim Manuka honey's health benefits are like no other honey, and the experience of eating it is described as indulgent with a rich, luxurious mouth feel.
Manuka honey is monofloral, meaning the honey consists of nectar from one tree species, the Leptospermum scoparium (also known as the New Zealand tea tree or Manuka bush) which is just one of several reasons that Manuka honey is considered unique and rare.
Manuka honey has a long history, dating back to the indigenous Maori, the country’s first settlers who call it taonga, or treasure, as they found an astounding amount of uses for it.
The Manuka tree produces rich nectar packed with antioxidants, prebiotics, and other powerful organic compounds with antibacterial effects and medicinal properties.
MGO (methylglyoxal) is one of Manuka’s main compounds, and offers antibacterial properties that come from the nectar of the Manuka tree, specifically. As the bees use this nectar to produce this rich and creamy honey, the powers of MGO carry over into the honey.
Treating the honey with the utmost respect and care is key to preserving those powerful properties. At Manukora, we keep our honey in its most raw state — unpasteurized, project non-GMO verified, glyphosate residue-free (herbicide) — with ethical beekeeping and sustainability at the forefront.
Genuine Manuka Honey
You may notice Manuka honey is often classified as genuine or authentic; that is because, with the increasing popularity of this potent product of nature, counterfeit Manuka honey has unfortunately become increasingly more prevalent.
With Manukora, you can rest easy — all of our Manuka honey is genuine, authentic Manuka honey made with nectar from the Manuka flower and harvested with ethical beekeeping practices that you won’t really find anywhere else.
You don’t have to just take our word for it, either — we put each honey product through a rigorous testing and MGO grading system. All products are sent to a third-party testing site to confirm we’re only producing high-grade, MGO-potent Manuka honey.
Manuka honey is the type of honey that needs verification. If your current Manuka honey isn’t MPI and MGO certified, it may not be genuine Manuka.
Every Manukora honey product comes with a unique QR code. By scanning this code, you can learn what hive your honey came from, the beekeeper responsible for the delectable nectar in your cabinet, and it’s potency and certification.
Is Manuka Honey Considered a Superfood?
Superfood is another way to say a specific food has the potential to offer a wealth of health benefits. Superfoods are often nutrient-dense and high in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other nourishing compounds.
Manuka honey has naturally occurring compounds like MGO, Leptosperin, DHA (or dihydroxyacetone), and fructo-oligosaccharides — each considered beneficial compounds that can offer wellness benefits from digestive support to antioxidant effects. These effects of Manuka honey are what contribute to its fame as a superfood.
What Are the Health Benefits of Manuka Honey?
There are countless anecdotes on Manuka honey and how it can benefits its users — let’s talk about a few of our favorites that are also backed by science.
A Better Way To Sweeten
Everyone is guilty of having a sweet tooth, but Manuka honey can help offset the common side effects that too much sugar consumption can cause. It is low on the glycemic index and digests slower, leading to less spikes in blood sugar.
Manuka honey may taste like one of your cheat days, but it’s considered one of nature's most nourishing indulgences. You can enjoy Manuka honey straight from a spoon, drizzled over Greek yogurt, or even as a way to sweeten your favorite savory sauce.
Mother Nature’s sweetener offers benefits your typical table sugar has never even dreamed of, and while you should still consume honey in moderation, your body will appreciate the thoughtful substitution.
General Wellness and Well-Being
Manuka honey has high levels of many compounds that work to support your wellness journey in more ways than one.
MGO, an organic compound derived from the Manuka tree, is known for its antibacterial effects, and is responsible for the naturally cleansing properties Manuka honey has to offer.
When taken in the spoonful to help start your day, Manuka honey can also help fuel you with feelings of energy thanks to its natural sugar content.
Many people claim Manuka honey provides natural immune support, which is why honey in general is a common option for combatting a scratchy throat. The thick consistency of honey helps to coat the throat, providing relief for feelings of irritation, while the antibacterial properties of MGO in particular can help support the immune system.
Gut health can affect the rest of your health, so it’s essential to be intentional about keeping your gut microbiome a top priority. An imbalanced microbiome occurs when you have more “bad” gut bacteria than “good” gut bacteria.
There are many ways you can help balance your gut microbiome — Manuka honey being one delicious way. Along with MGO, oligosaccharides are another naturally occurring compound in Manuka honey. This natural prebiotic can aid in digestive support and gut health by helping to feed and nourish your good gut bacteria.
However you enjoy your Manuka honey, straight from the spoon or drizzled on your peanut butter and banana toast, you will be doing right by your digestive system.
Skincare and Beauty
Manuka honey isn’t just suited for healthy indulgences and wellness benefits on the inside — it can also offer topical benefits.
Skincare and honey don’t traditionally go hand-in-hand, but when it comes to raw, unpasteurized Manuka honey, your skin will thank you.
Thanks to the antibacterial activities found in MGO, Manuka honey can help to naturally cleanse the skin while also nourishing it with antioxidants.
Supercharge Your Favorite Food or Beverage
The uses of Manuka honey are diverse — whether you wish to utilize your honey as a part of your self-care routine or as a tool in your digestive health regimen, we’re sure you won’t be disappointed.
Another plus side to Manuka honey is its uniquely delectable and rich flavor and texture. Yes, it offers many other wellness benefits, but the creamy taste is a much-loved bonus.
Eat It Straight-Up
Enjoying your Manuka honey straight-up from the spoon is one way to savor this sweet nectar. Not to mention, many of our customers describe the experience of consuming Manuka honey as a uniquely sensory affair because of its rich, creamy texture.
Aside from the wellness benefits a spoonful of Manuka honey can offer, this spoonful of goodness can also enhance your daily self-care ritual or morning routine.
Put It on Toast
This honey’s thick and creamy texture makes for an energizing morning spread and on-the-go breakfast. If you need a meal to kick start your day day, consider lathering a piece of toast with peanut butter, slices of banana, and your favorite Manuka honey.
Drizzled Over Ice Cream
This isn’t the first time we’ve referred to Manuka honey as one of the healthiest indulgences; because it's the truth. Manuka honey is robust and delicious and can be a healthy alternative to the syrupy high fructose corn syrup you’ll find in most dessert sweeteners.
Sip It in Your Tea
Tea and honey is a classic combo, and for good reason — both offer many natural wellness properties, especially in supporting digestive health and feelings of energy. Depending on what ingredients are in the tea, this combo can help serve as a soothing home remedy with anti-inflammatory properties (think a turmeric or ginger tea), relaxing effects (think valerian or chamomile), or energizing effects (think black, green, or even white teas).
Are There Side Effects of Manuka Honey?
You’re aware of all the benefits Manuka honey offers, but are there any potential side effects to using this type of honey? Unless you’re consuming copious amounts of Manuka honey or are allergic to bees, there should be no issues with you consuming this natural superfood with healing properties.
While Manuka honey is an organic, natural sweetener, that’s not to say it should be consumed in large quantities often — everything requires balance. Considering Manuka honey has no additives, it would require a lot to cause a problem, but a good rule of thumb is one to three tablespoons a day.
Pre-existing allergies to bees could result in an allergic reaction after consuming our Manuka honey since we don’t process it.
The Bottom Line
Manuka honey has many benefits and uses. Its rich and delicious flavors make it easy to integrate into your daily routine. You can indulge in a sweet treat with the peace of mind that it’s actually working with your wellness journey, not against it.
With Manuka honey becoming more popular, you may wonder if it’s as bewildering as you’ve heard. Reading testimonials is a great start, but tasting it yourself is the only way to know for sure!
At Manukora, we prioritize our bees, which results in the highest quality Honey With Superpowers™ possible. We love that we can keep our hives happy and healthy while providing uniquely sweet yet beneficial indulgence like no other.
Ready to try it for yourself? Our 600+ MGO Manuka honey is a good place to start in order to experience potent wellness benefits, otherwise you can explore the rest of what Manukora has to offer here.
Sources:Antibacterial activity of Manuka honey and its components: An overview | PMC